Ausstellungsszenografie / Exhibition Scenography (gLV) 

Collecting Collections. A Speculative Extension Proposal to the “Collectomania – Universen des Sammelns” Exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung, Toni Areal, Zurich.

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Nummer und Typmae-vcs-204.22H.001 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Kulturanalysen und Vermittlung
LeitungAntonio Scarponi
ZeitFr 11. November 2022 bis Fr 9. Dezember 2022 / 8:30–16:30 Uhr
OrtAtelier Art Education ZT 4.T39
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 21
ECTS2 Credits
VoraussetzungenStudierende MA Art Education Curatorial Studies: keine

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LehrformFrontal lectures, seminars, workshops, spatial interventions (mockups), field research
ZielgruppenStudierende MA Art Education Curatorial Studies
Lernziele / KompetenzenCompetencies: Students will acquire the essential exhibition design knowledge to understand, analyze, represent existing ideas as well as learn how to represent, explain and transfer knowledge to give form to new ideas using essential design tools such as drawings, sketches, collages, models. Parallel to this; they will receive an overview of the discourse of the state of the arts of exhibition design. Students will operate in small, coordinated workgroups.

Methods: Students will be guided through two primary design methodologies consisting in activating tools and critical categories to read existing exhibition design work to reach a “learning from” attitude and, on the other hand, they will use imaginative and speculative approaches to investigate new ideas and develop new concepts and new scenarios.

Approaches: Students will be mentored using two different approaches: hands-on critical analysis and ideas development as well as critical, conceptual, theoretical knowledge.

Teaching forms: The module will be carried with mutable teaching formats combining theory and practice including, seminars, lectures and workshops, online and offline. The course will be launched with one excursion to the 6 Zimmer X 6 Positionen exhibition guided by the exhibition curator Renate Menzi.
InhalteThe Ausstellungsszenografie seminar and workshop for the fall semester of 2022 will focus on the design of an “extension” of the Collectomania exhibition at the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich Toni Areal, curated by Karin Gimmi.

Exhibition design can be seen as the critical practice of display (of documents, artworks or artefacts of different nature) about different subjects (audience) that carve a narrative out of the oblivion. By definition, this practice can never be far complete or exhaustive nor innocent. Exhibition Scenographers are facing several constraints such as space, time, economic resources, document availability, as well as political stances. These given facts make exhibition design an “ontological” art form which will be explored during the course.

Students will be challenged to confront themselves with the scenography design of the Collectomania exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung in Toni Areal, Zurich and they will be asked imagining contributing with a “room” to “implement” the given narrative as “guest scenographers”. This exercise will allow the students to de-construct the curator's choices and exhibition challenges with a focus on the implication of the exhibition scenography.

Based on this analysis, students are invited to position themselves and add an “imaginary section” or “room-position” to add a new layer of understanding of the actual exhibition.

In order to operate in the Collectomania exhibition as a case study, critical as well as technical scenographic design tools and methodologies will be presented to the students and contextualized within the frame of contemporary exhibition design discourse.
Bibliographie / Literatur- Atelier Brückner, Barthelmes, Christian, & Oudsten, Frank den. (2011). Scenography: Making spaces talk, projects 2002-2010: Narrative Räume, Projekte 2002-2010: Szenografie. Ludwigsburg: Avedition. S. 59-75; S. 111-113; S. 169-227.
  • Warnecke, Jan-Christian. (2014). Ausstellungsplanung: Zur Zusammenarbeit zwischen Museum und Gestalter: Collaboration between museum and designer: Exhibition planning. Stuttgart: Avedition. S. 43-59; S. 63-77.
- O'Doherty, Brian, & McEvilley, Thomas. (1999). Inside the white cube: The ideology of the gallery space (Expanded ed, 1st University of California Press ed., Ahmanson-Murphy fine arts imprint). Berkeley: University of California Press. S. 13-34
  • Voorhies, James Timothy. (2017). Beyond objecthood: The exhibition as a critical form since 1968. Cambridge Massachusetts: The MIT Press. S. 21-70
- Ryan, Zoë, Antonelli, Paola, & Art Institute of Chicago. (2017). As seen: Exhibitions that made architecture and design history (First ed.). Chicago Illinois: The Art Institute of Chicago. S. 15-32.
  • da Silva, Josè. (2019). How museums are stepping up exhibition design. In: The Art Newspaper, 01.03.2019.
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungMindestens 80% Präsenz und aktive Teilnahme, Bearbeitung von Literatur und Übungen. Bewertung mit "bestanden/ nicht bestanden".
TermineHerbstsemester 2022


08.30 bis 16.30h
Dauer4 x 7
Bewertungsformbestanden / nicht bestanden
BemerkungUnterrichtssprache ist English und Deutsch.
The seminar will be held in English and German.
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