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Curate, Conceive, Organise and Realise Exhibitions

The basics of curating
Raum in Galerie mit weißen Wänden und Bänken

The exhibition system has experienced an astonishing boom in recent decades that continues to this day. Even in the classical museum, the original functions – collecting, preserving and showing – are shifting in favour of showing and presenting. Not only in museum and exhibition halls, but also in other public and private institutions, temporary exhibitions take place or are installed as permanent facilities. Exhibitions and presentations increasingly serve as instruments of public relations and image promotion. Museums and exhibition spaces become places of encounter and exchange beyond what is shown there. Next course starts in 2026.

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Our Lecturers
  • Kuratorin Simone Oelker vor Kunstwerk in Museum
    © Clara Czychowski

    Our training programme teaches you the art of developing a central theme for your exhibition and inspiring your target group.

    Dr. Simone Oelker, Course Management

At a glance

What distinguishes a successful exhibition? What do I have to consider from the exhibition idea to its realisation? The training covers everything from the beginnings of the history of exhibitions to the finished exhibition product. The contents will be taught in a practice-oriented way and with numerous exhibition examples. Participants will have the opportunity to present and develop their own projects.
The five-day seminar series takes place compactly in one seminar week. The seminar time is set at 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.

Target group

  • People who want to gain insights into the approach, planning and implementation of exhibitions.


  • Ursula Breymayer (course leader)
  • Dr. Simone Oelker-Czychowski (course leader)
  • Ingo Plato, Architect BDA, Cologne


  • Exchange with experienced curators and exhibition architects
  • Exhibition and depot visits with a look behind the scenes of curating
  • Structure for your exhibition work
  • Discussions on current issues in exhibition making
  • Inspiration and material for the conception and realisation of an exhibition


  • How it all began: a brief history of exhibitions
  • Occasions, themes & target groups for exhibitions
  • Exhibition formats, organisers and commissioners

  • From the exhibition idea to the exhibition concept
  • What costs what? Finances & costs
  • Exhibits: How do I find exhibits and what do I need to consider?
  • Loans and the right loan contract
  • Exhibition script: a "film" for the exhibits
  • Everything in view: Timetable

  • Exhibition design: Implementation of the concept
  • How do I find the right exhibition designers?
  • Exhibition texts: the art of the right words
  • Printed matter: poster, flyer, catalogue
  • Social media: What else can be used to promote an exhibition?
  • Museum educational activities: Guided tour live & digital
  • Merchandising: special ideas are needed!
  • Finale: exhibition set-up, press relations, opening, supporting and accompanying programme

A very well-organised training course that provides practical knowledge on topics such as contracts, legal matters and time management, but also creative inspiration and completely new impulses for your own project ideas in the field of curating.

Dr. Franziska Emmerling
Participant, March 2024

More Information

Foto von Simone Oelker vor Mauer
© Clara Czychowski

Learn the basics of curating within five days: What participants can expect in March 2024

From participant to initiator: A few years ago, freelance curator Dr. Simone Oelker completed a further education course at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Inspired by this course, she launched "Einmaleins des Kuratierens". In this interview, she reveals how the idea for the course came about and what interested parties can look forward to in 2024.

To the interview with Simone Oelker

Porträt Markus Haake
© Markus Haake

Hands-on history of everyday life: History researcher Markus Haake on the "basics of curating"

Markus Haake from Bremen is committed to researching regional everyday history. The topics researched in his "Microworlds" workshop find their way into exhibitions, media contributions and documentaries. In order to professionalise his exhibition work, he completed the 5-day training course " Das Einmaleins des Kuratierens" in 2022.

To the interview with Markus Haake

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