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Seminar BA2 Visual Arts: Dutch Sculpture in an International Perspective


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History. Also: succesfull completion of first year seminar Academic Skills II (Art History) or comparable course.


This seminar is part of an interdisciplinary research project in the years to come. One of the outputs will be an exhibition in the Beelden aan Zee Museum and a publication. The main goal of the project is to write the history of a century of modern Dutch sculpture in an international perspective. The first phase focusses on the public monument and its development (1850 – 2000). How have the sculptors of the twentieth century discharged their duties? What role has the government played? And what did the people think? And what did they really want?

Students develop case studies, addressing these kinds of questions. Literature study is combined with lectures by invited sculptors; students should expect to present their case in class (e.q. in a Pecha Kucha presentation); to prepare a lecture discussion in connection with visiting artists; to write some text and to discuss each other’s work. A prepared visit to an exhibition or an artist’s studio is included in the course. A lot of discussion is encouraged. The focus is on modern sculpture, with occasional older examples.

The seminar meetings will take place at the museum.

Course objectives

  • Being familiar with developments in recent and historical examples of sculpture, where the use of materials can be related to the meaning of the work of art.

  • Knowing various sculptor’s views on material and meaning.

  • Understanding the sculptor’s role as an artist working on a commissioned monumental / public work and being able to value the role of the sculptor as an autonomous artist.

  • Being able on a basic level to describe the tensions between authenticity, concept, material and technique as manifested in a piece of sculpture and its formal characteristics.

  • Being skilled in tracing relevant historical and contemporary visual and written resources in the domain of international sculpture.

  • Mastering key collaborative skills (like listening, asking questions, encouraging and supporting others, negotiating, giving feedback).

  • Demonstrate analytical skills in research tasks related to the main topic of this course.

  • Being able to critically analyze and discuss the latest scholarly findings related to a self-chosen research question and showing mastery in writing a qualitative paper (level 200).


  • Wednesday 13-17 hrs on 6 days during the second semester. (draft)

Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable BA Art History on the Art History website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations.

Course load

Course load summary: 10 ects (280 hrs)

24 hrs: (4 hrs weekly x 6 weeks) Attending seminar sessions
70 hrs: Studying compulsory readings related to the seminars
32 hrs: Preparing Pecha Kucha introductory presentation (6,40 min.)
56 hrs: Preparing concluding presentation (30 min.)
98 hrs: Writing of final course paper, approximately 4000 words (rereading texts, collecting research material, searching and reading additional literature, composing and writing of paper) —-
280 hrs


  • Two presentations (10%)

  • Literature exam (40%)

  • Paper, 3000 à 4000 words (50%)

  • Compensation: the weighted average mark should be at least 6.0 (rounded at one decimal).

Resit: resits are allowed only for the literature exam and the final paper.

Exam review: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.


Blackboard will be used for announcements and other communication, assignments, relevant events, and for submitting assignments.

Reading list

(Please contact the teachers about the whether it is advisable to puchase the literature mentioned below.)

  • P. Curtis, Sculpture 1900-1940, Oxford 1999.

  • A. Causey, Sculpture since 1945, Oxford 1998.

  • P. Curtis, Groundbreaker, London 2011.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Drs. B.J.M. (Dick) van Broekhuizen (PhD Candidate 19th century sculpture, Curator of museum Beelden aan Zee & Sculptuur Instituut)