2023-2024 / HAAR0133-1

Contemporary public art history


30h Th, 8d FT Tr. Pr.

Number of credits

 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Julie Bawin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The aim of this course is to trace the evolution of contemporary public art, tackling such fundamental questions as:

- Art's relationship to context (in situ practices, contextual art, etc.) ;

- The notions of commission and integration;

- The relationship between art and politics;

- The role of institutions (e.g. the Musée en plein air du Sart Tilman);

- Current urban art practices (street art);

- Artistic controversies (censorship, iconoclasm, vandalism).


This course draws on the expertise and research fields of the professor, but also on the skills of outside lecturers.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will have a thorough knowledge of the various forms of public art, and will be able to analyze contemporary artistic creation in the light of its political, economic and social context, and to understand, for example, the reasons why art in the public space can be the object of rejection and tensions of an aesthetic as well as a moral and ethical nature.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is open to all students, with a basic knowledge of contemporary art history.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical part :

- Course given ex-cathedra by Julie Bawin, with slideshows projection

- Courses given by specialists and researchers in the field of public art 

Practical part :

- Visit of the Musée en en Plein Air du Sart Tilman 

- Meeting with an artist (or artists);

- If possible, visit a public art exhibition.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Suggested readings throughout the course

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on knowledge of the theoretical part of the course and on the student's ability to synthesize all the information provided by external lecturers. Students are expected to make links between the various themes covered throughout the course, and to mobilize the notions and concepts developed and expounded.

Students are given a clear explanation of the evaluation procedures.

ATTENTION: in the case of examinations organized remotely, assessment will be carried out by videoconference.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place in the second semester, on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm at Le Petit Physique.


Enseignant titulaire Julie Bawin quai Roosevelt, 1B, bât. A4, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 45 77 E-mail jbawin@uliege.be 

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