2023-2024 / HAAR0167-1

Museum and Contemporary art


30h Th, 8d FT Tr. Pr.

Number of credits

 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (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 first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course in the museology of contemporary art is aimed at Master's students in art history and archaeology (all disciplines combined). The aim is to provide a history of the relationship between the museum and contemporary art, from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Questions relating to expography, scenography and architecture will be addressed, as will issues relating to the figure of the curator.

This course draws on the expertise and research fields of the teacher, as well as on the knowledge and skills of museum professionals. In addition to the lectures given by Julie Bawin, the course includes meetings with personalities active in the museums where contemporary art is exhibited.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will have an in-depth knowledge of the history of contemporary art museums and how they operate on an international scale. They will have grasped the major changes that occurred throughout the 20th century in the ways in which contemporary art was exhibited, curated and acquired.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is open to all students with a basic knowledge of 20th-century art history.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is based on a combination of several teaching methods:

  • Transmission of historical and theoretical knowledge, with slideshows;
  • Concrete introduction to research in the field of contemporary art museology (articulation of teaching with the professor's research work).
  • Invitations to professionals from the museum world (and contemporary art museums in particular) to provide an insight into the realities of the field.
  • Visits to museums (Musée en plein air du Sart Tilman, BPS22 in Charleroi, etc.)

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

A bibliography is provided during the course

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral examination

The evaluation focuses on two aspects:

- acquired knowledge (theoretical part of the course)

- comments on the visits and meetings made during the course


Students are given precise explanations of assessment procedures.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is given in the first semester, on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 pm, at the Salle du Conseil.


Professor : Julie BAWIN jbawin@uliege.be 

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