Students in curator´s shoes

International Cultural Centre in Krakow hosted the second international meeting of students from Olomouc, Bratislava, Krakow and Pécs in the first week of April. Students experienced four days of inspiring lectures and creative workshops focused on the interpretation and presentation of art.

The meeting started on Friday when each team of students presented artists they chose to learn more about them. Students also shared with others experience gained during their preparation for the meeting. This time it was focused on administration of Facebook fan pages they created for chosen artists. The programme itself was dedicated to diverse possibilities of interpretation of art. It was directly connected with the preparation of students and their knowledge of art and personalities of the Central European avant-garde. Individual lectures and creative workshops were also focused on developing students' ability to present selected topic to the public.

We have prepared two lectures for students. The first one acquainted them with basics self-presentation, the second lecture was focused on curator's work,’ said lecturer Angelika Madura, who together with her colleagues prepared a programme for the Krakow meeting. The curator's work and the demanding process of preparing the exhibition project were presented to students by Monika Rydiger, curator of the Polish re-run of the ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928. Avant-gardes in the Central Europe’ exhibition. The students not only learned about the individual steps of the exhibition preparation, but could also see on specific examples what influences the visitor's perception of the presented topic.

The students immediately verified the newly acquired knowledge during practical tasks. On Sunday afternoon, they prepared short guided tours for ICC visitors during which they presented the life and work of the selected artist. ‘I think it was a truly unique opportunity for our students to use all information they learned. After all, contact with the real public creates a completely different atmosphere than when we present the results to each other in the museum. And I have to say that students approached this task very responsibly,’ praised students' work Terezie Čermáková, the international educational programme concept author.

The main workshop of the Krakow meeting focused on the concept preparation and model creation for an exhibition. Students worked in two international teams and prepared the exhibition design, selected artworks and also wrote accompanying texts and promotional materials for the selected exhibition topic. An important task was also to involve four artists they were studying during the preparation into the exhibition concept and thus to re-interpret the already known knowledge.