Migration: Traces in an Art Collection. Exhibition and symposium
Malmö | Sweden
In conjunction with the exhibition Migration: Traces in an Art Collection at Malmö Konstmuseum, the museum will host a symposium on Friday, January 24, 2020. The aim of the symposium is to propose and discuss new and innovative ways of building, presenting and otherwise mediating public art collections. Beatrice von Bismarck, Manuel Borja-Villel, Charles Esche, Tone Hansen, Temi Odumosu and Cecilia Widenheim have been invited to share case studies and thoughts on the topic.
Migration: Traces in an Art Collection is based on a selection of artworks from the collection of Malmö Konstmuseum. By applying migration as a lens, the exhibition frames the collection from one particular point of view; yet, at the same time, the artworks present a diversity of approaches to the experiences of migration and exile. Ranging from the 1880s to the present day, they convey a multitude of complex stories, as does the collection overall. Over the years, the artworks themselves have been dealt with in a variety of ways: some of the works have become beloved “classics,” whereas others have not seen exhibition since they first entered the collection.
The symposium centres questions of curatorial method and modes of presentation: How have curators and art historians engaged collections to discuss contemporary societal issues? How can temporary exhibitions reinvent permanent ones, and vice versa? What are the latent possibilities in and around art collections? While exhibition and mediation practices in public art museums will be considered, it is case studies, exhibition theory and art history that form the core of the symposium.
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