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What is this master about?

MFA Painting
You wish to gain more insight into the innovative quality of painting in a rapidly changing world. Aware of the force of physicality and materiality of art works, you take a painterly approach as you conduct your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting shows you the imagination of ideas as well as how the material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means that you create new relationships and associations through the use of materiality. In this way, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in today's society by combining ideation and materiality; transforming your ideas in unexpected, meaningful and powerful images.

Past, present and future
Painting has been re-invented all over the world: due to political changes, the digitisation of society, the need for a postcolonial perspective and – nowadays - because of a runaway art market. That's the reason why at MFA Painting, apart from the importance of materiality and ideation, we keep on searching for the dialogue between different viewpoints from the past, present and future: between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, and in a broader sense, between art and science as well as local and global forms of society. In doing so, we collectively explore charted and uncharted territory, sharing our views and ideas, working in groups and learning from each other. At the same time you will follow your own path, improving your knowledge and skills, learning to reflect critically on your own position, role and work as well as on the world around you.

Hybrid practice
Participants of our programme stem from different practices, for instance art and design, but all share a fascination for painting. The combination of these disciplines enables you to develop your artistic vision, working in a hybrid practice as a critical and engaged artist. As your art engages with the world, you will grow as an individual as well as in your artistic profession, reinforcing the power of your imagination and exploring your own connection to a transforming, technologically charged society.

What matters
To be admitted to this master, we expect you to show us what you want to get out of this programme. We therefore ask you to submit a broad outline of the artistic research that matters to you. What is it that fascinates you about painting? What kind of research would you like to carry out, what is progress that you want to make? During the admissions procedure you will discuss your ideas with us. Once admitted, your ideas will form the start of the next two years.

The Frank Mohr Institute is named after Mr A. Frank Mohr (1931-1998), cultural advisor to the city and province of Groningen and chairman of the advisory boards of Minerva Art Academy and the Prince Claus Conservatoire. He was a fervent advocate of independence and innovation in art education in the North Netherlands.

Ji San Ahn (Painting 2011)Rob Bouwman (Painting 2011)