HKUB10131U Contemporary Art

Volume 2019/2020

The course provides insight into contemporary art, its tendencies and its diverse cultural and artistic expressions, as well as the role it plays in societies today. Starting with the emergence of conceptual art, and charting ruptures between modernism and postmodernism, along with shifts towards dematerialised, performance-based and politically-engaged artistic practices, the course presents an overview of the last 60 years of art. Contemporary art’s inclination to defy easy categorisation, its various materialisations and institutional frameworks, as well as its relation to contemporary visual culture and architecture, will be used as the basis for critical studies of the core issues of art and art historical praxis. Through written exercises, as well as discussions, students examine works of art and their cultural circumstances, with the goal of recognising, understanding, and discussing various art forms in their broader contexts.  Besides the main focus on contemporary art, the course also includes seminars on contemporary architecture and an introductory seminar to the wider field of visual culture.


The course alternates between lectures, discussions, excursions to museums or other art institutions, student exercises and feedback.

The module provides the student with:


Knowledge and understanding of

• central tendencies in Danish and international contemporary art and its institutions from 1960 to today as well as elementary art history practice.

• contemporary architecture and its relation to contemporary art

Skill set, the ability to

• identify, describe and analyse specific works of art and key issues in contemporary art, architecture, and visual cultures.

The ability to

• work academically with interpretation of, and issues related to, contemporary art and architecture in clear and grammatically correct written form.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 65
  • Preparation
  • 270
  • Total
  • 420
Type of assessment
Exam registration requirements

The exam consists of a portfolio of several written assignments, set for the students to complete according to specific deadlines during the course. Students receive feedback on the assignments during the semester, either in the form of individual/collective feedback from the lecturer and/or peer feedback. The final portfolio consists of the total set of assignments (11-15 pages), and provides students with the opportunity to incorporate any feedback. Therefore, in addition to general preparation, such as reading, students’ must allocate time for coursework within specified deadlines.