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Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore, an Exhibit, installation view, 1957

Restaging Exhibitions: Reconsidering Art History and Exhibition Making

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Curated by Victor Wang
15 Nov 2014

Chaired by ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir, the panel includes Philippe Van Cauteren, Director of the Museum for Contemporary Art Ghent (S.M.A.K.), Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Director of Kunstverein Düsseldorf and Victoria Walsh, Head of Programme Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art.

Restaging Exhibitions: Reconsidering Art History and Exhibition Making is a panel discussion that explores the restaging of exhibitions and the complex mediation between art history and their own materiality.   

In recent times, there has been a significant change in the way exhibitions are utilized in the process of reconstructing art history and the linear progression of art. This shift has challenged the traditional order in terms of the diversity of elements and materials that can be included in a collection and the art-historical canon. With the emergence of expanded artistic spatial practices, the recognition of a global art history, and the increasing prominence of curatorial authorship, the act of restaging and re-hanging exhibitions has evolved to establish its own genealogy, becoming an object of study in its own right.

The discourse will commence with an examination of the Institute of Contemporary Arts' re-examination of the exhibition "Cybernetic Serendipity" as a point of departure for investigating the varied methodologies employed by institutions within Europe when revisiting historical exhibitions. The panel will deliberate on how the re-staging and re-creation of exhibitions has generated a typology of exhibitions, its impact transforming the manner in which we perceive previously unrecorded artistic networks, events, and artists to uncover a more intricate set of interconnections between exhibition histories and the history of art.

The invited speakers will consider the implications of restaging exhibitions on artistic practices and museum collections while critically discussing their views on the exhibitions they have recently restaged such as Richard Hamilton at the ICA, earlier this year, Art in Europe after 1968, currently on display at S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent, “Les Immatériaux” for Instance, which was recalled at the Kunstverein Dusseldorf, and Growth and Form (1951) which was reconstructed at the Tate Modern earlier this year.

Organised in partnership with Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF)


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