Curatorial Studies at KASK is an intensive, one-year English-language postgraduate course established in 1999. It is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique partnership between KASK School of Arts, Ghent University and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.).


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  • Info day 17.02.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 30.04.2021
  • Info day: 26.06.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 02.07.2021
  • Info day: 04.09.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 10.09.2021

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Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Curatorial Lecture: Tales from two cities by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Thursday 4 March at 20h 

In this lecture called 'Tales from two cities', Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli will focus on the city as a territory of multiple conflicts and potentials, common thread to two works that will be discussed during the talk. The point of departure will be Manifesta 12, starting from Palermo Atlas as a pre-biennial investigation on Palermo. Pestellini Laparelli will also show and discuss the research film essay that as 2050+ has been developed in Milan during the first lockdown -Riders Not Heroes, a work that investigates the precarious conditions of food delivery riders in Milan. It makes the case for riders as essential workers, lying at the intersection of platform capitalism, gig labor, refugee crises, and COVID-19.


Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is an architect and curator based in Milan. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary agency 2050+. Since 2017 He has been teaching at the Royal College of Arts in London.Pestellini is currently curating the Russian Pavilion at the 2020/2021 Venice Architecture Biennial. In 2018 He has co-curated Manifesta’s 12th edition (2018) taking place in Palermo and has edited Palermo Atlas, the preparatory investigation on the Sicilian capital (Humboldt books, 2018). Between 2007 and 2019 he has worked as architect and partner at OMA where his work focused on research and curation, scenography and preservation. His projects include 'Panda', a research and exhibition for the 2016 Oslo Triennale, on the controversial impact of digital sharing platforms; Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition on the current status of Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; the scenography for the Greek theater of Syracuse in Sicily (2012); and the co-curation of Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the politics of preservation at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Practical Information

The lecture will be held on zoom on 4th March 2021 at 20h, please register at the following link:

Laurens Otto by Thomas Nolf

Alumnus Laurens Otto appointed curator at Museum Dhont-Dhaenens

Laurens Otto has been appointed to further develop the museum's exhibitions, publications and collection policy. Otto has previously worked as a curator at Het HEM, Human Activities and Council. In March 2021 his group exhibition What Stories Want will open in AAIR and Extra City in Antwerp. Otto is also active as a critic and editor-in-chief of RESOLUTION Magazine.

“Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens has an iconic history of daring exhibitions. I am honored to be able to contribute to the continuation of this heritage together with artists and the many supporters around the museum. ”  - Laurens Otto

12 frames, picture by Nathan Ishar

1M3 – 12 Frames

29.01.21 – 22.04.21
Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 18:30

Curated by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix

12 frames invites you to enter and unfinished story- board to a no person’s land through images and language. Similar to a fragmented film, an imaginary walk in nature unfolds, without a sense of direction. This display reassembles pages selected from photography and poetry books out of the artists’ books collection of Kunstenbibliotheek.
More info here

Partners: Kunstenbibliotheek at KASK & Conservatorium

Nashashibi/Skaer Why Are You Angry? 2017 16 mm film, black and white and colour, sound, 16 min. Copyright: Nashashibi/Skaer

From the Collection | Why Are You Angry?

13.02.21 – 30.05.21

Recent acquisitions from S.M.A.K.

‘Why Are You Angry?’ is curated by Philippe Van Cauteren. The museum texts and interpretative tools for this exhibition have been developed by students of the postgraduate Curatorial Studies course at KASK, School of Arts Ghent, in collaboration with Ghent University and S.M.A.K. Margot Bossy, Sofie Frederix, Yimeng Wang and Julie Wyckaert undertook this work as a practical assignment within the Audiences and Learning module that trains future exhibition curators in audience-focused thinking and working. More info here

Partners: S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies KASK, School of Artszoom

Ula Sickle, The Host: An Incomplete History of Performance,  S.M.A.K

Masterclass Performance, Collection, Archive with Ula Sickle

10.11.20 - 19.02.21

In the framework of From the Collection |
Museum for a Small City / Rebuild by Richard Venlet

The masterclass takes the research and methodologies used in the making of The Host, as a starting point. The aim is to look at performative strategies for dealing with archives, collections and performance based works, that exist only through traces, documentation and memory. The masterclass will explore the collection of S.M.A.K . and the rich history of performances that have occurred within and around the museum, with a view towards the collection of stories and anecdotes about the artworks and the building itself. These will become the basis for the creation of short scripted performances recorded as podcasts. More info here 

Partners: Fine Arts LUCA | School of Arts, Curatorial Studies KASK, School of Arts and S.M.A.K.

Open call: Lichen #2 Prize for Curators

As a testing ground for visual thinking in diverse forms, CIAP and Curatorial Studies — KASK & Conservatorium have initiated and endowed the Lichen Prize to foster and support curatorial innovation in Belgium. The call is open to all alumnae and alumni of the Curatorial Studies programme — as well as of its earlier forms: TEBEAC and ‘Beheer, conservatie en restauratie van museale collecties hedendaagse kunst’ — regardless of age, current professional status or geographic location. In fall 2020, CIAP and Curatorial Studies proudly presented Petrichor, a group exhibition curated by the laureate of the 2018-19 edition, Lucie Ménard.

Deadline for the submission of the project and provisional budget: 26 February 2021 at 12pm. The selected proposal will be announced at the end of April 2021.

More info here

Cafe Anonymous at Kunsthal Gent, February 2020

Open call: Join Curators Anonymous

15.02.21, 15:00 CEST

Curators Anonymous is looking for new participants who are interested in co-learning and have some time to dedicate to discussing and researching different topics that are particularly relevant within curatorial practice:

  • the role of  the curator
  • the current legal and socio-economic position of the curator in Belgium
  • working conditions and fair practice
  • best practices and tools

We are looking for anyone with an interest in curating practices who is willing to participate in our general meetings and working groups. Those will be shaped based on the current interests of the participants and they may range from a more theoretical to a more practical reflection. The assembly is open to everyone interested in exchanging opinions about curatorial practice in Belgium and wants to take actively part to the group. We will discuss the new form of the association, the goals and how to reach them.

To know more about Curators Anonymous and our activities, please visit their website.

Reclaiming the School: selected projects from the first round (06.10.20)

Before the summer break, KASK & Conservatorium launched a project call to students and staff to encourage them to take relevant initiatives in our school within the current pandemic. The research council has selected the next three projects, among which the joint research project entitled "Garden Happenings" submitted by the departments of Landscape and Garden Architecture, Interior Design and Curatorial Studies of KASK School of Arts in Ghent.

The aim of the "Garden Happenings" is to investigate the meaning of a school garden for art education, taking the historic Bijloke site, where the School of Arts is located, as our case study. On this former hospital site, the proximity to nature, the knowledge of plants and access to fresh air have played a crucial role for five hundred years. Inspired by the historic role of the garden as well as the increasing importance of outdoor green space during the pandemic, we will consider how the garden can become a fundamental part of the school akin to the painting or sculpture studio and inquire into how ecological discourse impacts the development of art practices.

Karen Archey

Curatorial Lecture: After Institutions by Karen Archey

Thursday 4 February 2021, 20:00 CEST⁠

In this lecture Karen Archey will discuss her exhibition ‘After Institutions’ at the Stedelijk, which has indefinitely been postponed due to COVID-19. The point of departure of the exhibition was to explore the state of public institutions, their economic degradation, and the role of the art institution as the last vestige of intellectual public space and a space for assembly. One of the key topics of the exhibition was the notion of care, both in terms of the constantly devolving state of the health care industry throughout the West and its relationship to institutions and the idea of the artist being a ‘producer’ who must be healthy and able enough to be able to ‘produce,’ and participate in the field. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the story of the exhibition has only become more complex as pre-existing issues of the weakened welfare state have gotten worse, and the the ability to assemble has become further under threat.


Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. At the Stedelijk, Archey is responsible for the contemporary art and time-based media collections. Since joining the museum in 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Catherine Christer Hennix, Steffani Jemison, Jeff Preiss, and Metahaven, as well as the group exhibition Freedom of Movement: the 2018 Municipal Art Acquisitions. She is currently working toward solo exhibitions by artists Charlotte Prodger and Hito Steyerl. Within the Stedelijk’s performance program Archey has recently commissioned new works by Jennifer Tee, Ann Hirsch, Alicia Frankovich and artist collective CFGNY. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on the acquisition and documentation of time-based media. Archey previously worked as an independent curator and editor for the New York-based organization e-flux. In 2014, she organized with Robin Peckham the exhibition “Art Post-Internet” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. In 2015, Archey was awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing.  She frequently lectures on contemporary art and time-based media.

The lectures are free and open to everyone.⁠
To register please email

Accesibility is of concern to Curatorial Studies. Live captions will be made available on Zoom. 

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