Honors Program “Art and Research”
This Honours Programme arose from the ambition to offer motivated and talented students additional inspirational study programmes. The programme’s main conviction is that scientific involvement with art and culture and the practical execution of it are part of the same whole, enrich, and even overlap with one another.
Students are primarily taught to discover and develop new, unorthodox ways of collaborating and new ways of conducting artistic and scientific research.
Honors Program "Cracking Cobra"
The Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Cobra Museum join hands for the new Honours Programme Cracking Cobra. The collaboration offers students an opportunity to conduct research in the museum’s archives, develop their research skills, as well as offering possibilities for the production of temporary art works.
Investigating the Cobra movement
Departure point for the Honours Programme is the collection of the museum - objects, works and documentation that constitute the archives. The Cobra Museum focuses on the work and production of the Cobra movement (1948-1951). The movement consisted of international artists, who were joined by a shared interest of a direct, immediate working method: by doing. In this way, the artists challenged the established, traditional notions of art of their time. Cracking Cobra investigates the issues that are raised by the Cobra movement, such as political engagement of the arts and interdisciplinarity in order to relate them to contemporary practices. The students thereby respond to both the material and the immaterial legacy of Cobra and to the Cobra Museum as a cultural institute.
Aim of the programme
The program includes theoretical and practice based lessons by numerous guest teachers, as well as excursions. Aim of the programme is the development of a research proposal that can be translated into temporary work formats.
Cracking Cobra offers students the unique opportunity to engage with the material and immaterial heritage of the Cobra movement, to do research and work within the museum.