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Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum

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ISBN 9781032010540
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum investigates the art museum as a space where the contemporary is staged – in exhibitions, collecting practices, communication, and policies.

Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum traces the art museum back to the postwar era. Including contributions by established and emerging art historians, academics and curators, the book proposes that the art museum is engaged in the contemporary in a double sense: it (re)presents contemporary art, while the contemporary condition itself also has a significant impact on art and the museum that houses it. Presenting a diverse range of international cases of exhibitions and curatorial practices, which hail primarily from Europe and Scandinavia, the essays examine the politics of staging "national", "international", and "global" framings of modernism, as well as the new public spaces shaped in digital practices and changing political frameworks. The book investigates both the seminal and the unknown exhibitions and institutions that created contemporary art as we know it today.

Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum provides a historical perspective on the museum of contemporary art. It constitutes a step towards differencing the canon of modernist and contemporary art and a more complex understanding of the politics of curating the contemporary in the art museum, why it will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of museums, curating, exhibitions, and art history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum

Malene Vest Hansen and Kristian Handberg

          Part 1: The Curatorial Now: Performing the Museum

          Malene Vest Hansen and Kristian Handberg

  1. Reform(ulat)ing Infrastructures - Becoming Museum
  2. Beatrice von Bismarck:

  3. Dance, Performance and Social Media in the Postdigital Museum
  4. Claire Bishop

  5. After Institutions
  6. Karen Archey

  7. Munchmuseet on the Move and the role of the Contemporary in the Art Museum
  8. Tominga Hope O’Donnell

  9. Collaborative Curating: Questioning Value Production in the Art Museum through the Project 7 Walks
  10. Signe Meisner Christensen

    Part 2: Politics of Curating the Contemporary-Modern in the Art Museum

    Malene Vest Hansen and Kristian Handberg

  11. NowHere: The Curatorial Contemporary
  12. Malene Vest Hansen:

  13. The Rise and Fall of a Nordic Art Institution
  14. Jonas Ekeberg

  15. Torpedoes and Trees: Staging the Modern Art Collection at the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
  16. Sebastian Mühl

  17. The Politics of Contemporary Art Museums. Calouste Gulbenkian's Modern Collection in Lisbon
  18. Annette Loeseke:

  19. What’s Happening? Feminism, the Contemporary, and Curating in the Art Museum
  20. Kerry Greaves

  21. Contemporaneity as a Curatorial Approach: Black Models in New York, Paris and Guadeloupe
  22. Nicola Foster:

    Part 3: Mapping Exhibition Histories of the Contemporary

    Malene Vest Hansen and Kristian Handberg

  23. In the Ruins of the Present: Arte Contemporanea at the Galleria Nazionale in Rome, 1944-45
  24. Maria Bremer

  25. Documenta’s Chronopolitics of the Contemporary, or Un/Curating Nazi Continuities in Werner Haftmann’s Historiographic Practice
  26. Nanne Buurman

  27. Moving the Museum towards the Contemporary? Art in Motion (1961) as testing ground for the "new museum" in three versions
  28. Kristian Handberg

  29. MacLeod: Curating Contrasts: Retrieving Solidarity from the Archives
  30. Katarina Wadstein

  31. Escape Attempts or Institutional Transformations? On Moderna Museet’s Information Center Project (1970–73) and the Filialen Experiments (1971-73)
  32. Kim West

  33. "That’s why we call it a model" – Restaging Exhibitions and Participation: Palle Nielsen’s The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society, 1968/2014

          Laura E. Dudley

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Kristian Handberg is assistant professor in Art History at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, The University of Copenhagen. He was a postdoc at SMK - National Gallery Denmark with the project Curating the Contemporary (2019-2020). He is coordinator of the research group Modernisms and researches exhibition histories of the postwar era and the contemporary musealization of modernism, currently through the research project Exhibiting Across the Iron Curtain.

Malene Vest Hansen is associate professor in Art History at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, The University of Copenhagen. Contemporary art and critical curatorial and museum studies are her main research areas. Currently, she is PI of the research project Curating the Contemporary: An Exhibition history of the Museum of Modern Art as a new Bildung institution funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.