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Judgement and quality are still at the heart of art and art education. Teachers assess the work of young artists, critics are required to formulate their opinion publicly and curators are expected to determine the quality and cultural value of a work for an exhibition or collection. In many western European art schools, such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, quality is used as the basis for assessing, and is associated with what is desirable and good in terms that are seen as both subjective and universal. In the light of the world in 2020, they might seem outdated and need to be adjusted or even abandoned.

The lecture will recount some of Esche’s and others’ experiences with quality and judgement in the museum and education field over the past 20 years, will look at where the limitations of what is seen as sound judgement and good quality may lie and what kind of idea of judgement and quality might be useful for art education today.

When: 13 March 2020, 16.15-18.00 hrs

Theory Stairs of the Fedlev Building, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam.

Charles Esche is director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, London and co-director of Afterall Journal and Books. He teaches on the Exhibition Studies MRes course at CSM, and at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Outwith the museum, he (co) curated Le Musée Égaré, Kunsthall Oslo 2017 and Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse 2016; Jakarta Biennale 2015; 31st Sao Paulo Bienal, 2014, U3 Triennale, Ljubljana, 2011; RIWAQ Biennale, Palestine, 2007 and 2009; Istanbul Biennale, 2005; Gwangju Biennale, 2002 amongst other international exhibitions. He is chair of CASCO, Utrecht. He received the 2012 Princess Margriet Award and the 2014 CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.


The editorial board intercurricular programmes of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents a series of 5 lectures to discuss a number of educational questions relevant to the academy for art and design, and in anticipation of Future Practices.

Curated by Joram Kraaijeveld in conversation with Jurgen Bey, Ea Polman, Jorinde Seijdel, Tessa Verheul, Ben Zegers.