Design of contemporary art exhibitions - a struggle or an embracement?

Bidragets oversatte titel: Design af samtidskunstudstillinger - en kamp eller omfavnelse

Judith Schwarzbart

Publikation: KonferencebidragKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskning


In established museums and art centres the design tasks related to exhibition galleries are often limited to graphic design in wall texts and lables, on the one side, and temporary support structures such as white walls, plinths, and black boxes for video projections, on the other. And that is for good reasons. There are already many agendas involved in this process: Artists and artworks claiming (at least some) authonomy not only in the visual realm but also the organisation of space (ex. in installation art). Curators installing the works are seeking not only to give bests conditions to each artwork, but also to structure the space according aesthetic and semiotic readings. This means thast the audience is addressed both in terms of possible experiece and with a pedagogical concern. Moreover the curatorial concept forms a more or less fixed point of departure or narrative binding the individual works together (in liniear or non-liniear structures). Finally, the insitutuion has its guidelines (corporate identity), museum pedagogs have their method and ideas, etc.
This paper will address the use of exhibition design in relation to contemporary art and will discuss a number of examples where the exhibition design has been developed in close collaboration between artists and curators.
Bidragets oversatte titelDesign af samtidskunstudstillinger - en kamp eller omfavnelse
StatusUdgivet - 2011
BegivenhedThe 10th Nordcode seminar: Design of Space and Performance - Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Danmark
Varighed: 28 sep. 201130 sep. 2011


KonferenceThe 10th Nordcode seminar
LokationRoskilde Universitet

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