What is a curatorial statement?

Is a text written by a curator or the organization to present the exhibition, in different formats: text on the wall of the entrance, catalog, fliers, web format, the text used in the press meeting, or writing presentation. The text presents the theme, topic, or concept of the exhibition.

What is the objective of the curatorial statement?

  • Guide the public understand the exhibition
  • Guide the way
  • Arouse the interest, excitement, and curiosity to discover the exhibition

  • What is the format of the curatorial statement?

  • 3 paragraphs from 200 to 800 words
  • The text talks about the exhibition explains the main guidelines without exposing too many details

  • What are the essentials of the curatorial statement?

  • First paragraph: Premise of the exhibition
  • Second paragraph: Examples of artist approaches depending on the range
  • Third paragraph: The wider significance of your theme to explain it more in-depth

  • What are the optional paragraphs?

  • Fourth paragraph: Processing of your thinking about the exhibition
  • Fifth paragraph: Some curators write a supplementary handout that describes each work in the show in some details

  • The style of the statement?

  • Art Community: to engage the art community you must be specific when you are articulating your agenda
  • Wider Public: to engage with the general audience you must be flexible in the way you provide access to the artwork

  • Example of a Curatorial Statement

    Vide: Une Retrospective. CENTRE POMPIDOU 2009

    Co-written by Dorrine Nasri and Imen Bahri.