Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Occupied City: Antwerp & the Avant-gardes37541/2804/2223/1/52
Study guide

Occupied City: Antwerp & the Avant-gardes

Academic year 2022-23
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
    Choice package:
    • opleidingsonderdelen te kiezen aan 15 studiepunten
    • opleidingsonderdelen te kiezen aan hoogstens 15 studiepunten
  • Master of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses for 15 credits
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Pas Johan
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2022 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

MA4 - The student sets up and conducts independent research in function of the development of his/her artistic praxis.
The student can situate a self-chosen institution, organization or collective from this period in a broader context and analyze and interpret it in a personal way.
MA6 - The student is able to take and defend a critical position with regard to relevant social, cultural, artistic and international developments.
"The student has gained insight into the artistic events that took place in a metropolis like Antwerp during the 20th and 21st centuries and can use this to interpret the current situation. "

Course content

Based on image material and historical documentation, we will investigate how ‘contemporary’ art in Belgium developed a form, face and audience after the late 1950s. In addition to addressing crucial artists and their work, the course also addresses the channels that brought the innovative streams to the public (e.g. museums, art centres, galleries, artists’ initiatives, government agencies and art journals). The paradigm shifts from a predominantly pictorial discourse (e.g. constructivism, pop art, new vision, hyperrealism) towards a conceptualistic discourse (in the early 1970s) and from a modern to a postmodern discourse (in the 1980s) form a consistent theme throughout the research.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials26,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours64,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 1Project assignment100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodProject assignment100,00