90712 - Espaces d'expositions: visions culturelles et processus créatifs

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students acquire the knowledge necessary to understand and interpret the creative processes of ideation and realization of modern and contemporary architectures and exhibition spaces. Through the study of works, personalities and significant issues, they develop a personal capacity to do research and the methodology to detect, historically locate and critically evaluate: the major issues related to the design of exhibition spaces, the relationship between works of art and architectural spaces, and the contributions of artists who have helped to clarify decisive concepts for architecture.

Course contents

The course aims to deal with the major issues related to museum architecture and the conception of contemporary exhibition spaces in order to historically contextualize them, and provide students with the critical tools and the methodological-artistic knowledge necessary to understand and interpret the processes of designing museums and exhibitions. This course deals with: the main issues related to the museum architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries - particularly referring to museums for contemporary art -; the different contexts related to the realization of exhibition spaces; the events, the works and the key personalities for the evolution of the exhibition space architecture.

More specifically:

  • Le Corbusier's "promenade" for the knowledge of art
  • The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • The spiral around the void in Wright's Guggenheim Museum
  • The museums of Mies van der Rohe
  • The museums spatial structures of Kahn and Bo Bardi
  • Radical Architecture
  • The Post-Modern and the return to the traditional museum
  • OMA' art projects
  • Herzog & De Meuron, Lacaton & Vassal, OfficeKGDV and research on the contemporary museum

Readings/Bibliography

There are no program differences between attending and non-attending students.   

Foster Hal, The Art-Architecture Complex, New York, Verso Books, 2013

Storrie Calum, The Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas, London, I.B. Tauris, 2007

The bibliography is complemented by a handout made available during the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures.

Assessment methods

There are no program differences between attending and non-attending students.

Oral examination on the topics discussed during the course and on the contents of the bibliography.

During the oral examination, students must demonstrate to have acquired a critical understanding of the topics discussed during the course and a critical knowledge of the bibliography. 

1. It will be assessed as excellent the performance of those students achieving an organic vision of the course contents, the use of a proper specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as the familiarity with the tools for analyzing the art works of the museum architecture.

2. It will be assessed as average the performance of those students showing mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, not articulated synthesis and analysis capabilities, a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic study of the history of architecture.

3. It will be assessed as barely sufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, lack of knowledge of the history of architecture.

4. It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography and inability to analyse the architecture.

Teaching tools

The course images and part of the bibliography are provided to the students.

Office hours

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