Curatorial Programme
Curatorial Programme

Values & Evolution


With Monika Szewczyk’s leadership, de Appel redoubles its investment in the Curatorial Programme (CP), understanding the unique values of this 25+ year strong endeavour to be:

- full integration inside de Appel’s distinctive three-part institutional structure (Archive, Curatorial Programme, Education Initiatives)

- access to a strong network of diverse, visionary and agile practitioners in the field of exhibition making and institution building, shaped by our alumni and advisors.

- the opportunity for up to 6 highly-motivated individuals from distinct social and cultural contexts to come together, collaborate and find ways to learn from each other and from leaders in their chosen field

- the responsibility for shaping de Appel’s Public Offering in Spring (or Summer) – and therefore the very DNA of our experimental institution

- our free-thinking, hands-on approach – highly aware of, connected to, but also distinct from all academic programmes – readies participants for the future of the field

- Since 2019, the focus of the CP has been shifting:

from temporary projects to timely programming
from institutional critique to institutional technique
from questions of ‘the curatorial’ to questions of broadening public access to art

Core Principles for Curriculum Formation


Grounding: in our neighbourhood, in Amsterdam & the region as well as in each destination where CP participants travel

Resourcefulness: in all endeavors, which includes attention to emergent economic and ecological strategies, including strategies voiced and practiced by indigenous communities, social reformers and visionary cultural practitioners (among others) and that move beyond extractive and destructive production

Alliance with artists: through greater involvement of artists in the curriculum, to re-examine (improve) habits of studio visits, commissioning, thematic framing and mediation

Rethinking collections: we attend to profound redefinitions of cultural property in public and private hands, keeping in mind the lessons of recent forays into de Appel’s lively archive and the Collection (Unintended)

Poetry as policy: in other words, using language (in internal and external communication) with precision and sensitivity, without jargon

de Appel’s Curatorial Programme is supported by the Stichting Hartwig Foundation.