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Exhibition History: A product of contemporary interests? A case study of Rörelse i konsten (Movement in Art), Moderna Museet Stockholm (1961)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2016 (English)In: The Return of History: Reconstructing art exhibitions in the 21st century, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The exhibition Rörelse i konsten (Movement in Art) in 1961 was the first of a number of exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Stockholm which took the form of a comprehensive milieu. Hon–en katedral (SHE –A Cathedral) in 1966, and Poesi måste göras av alla! (Poetry Must be Made by All!) in 1969 are others. These exhibitions went beyond established exhibition formats, spectator-conventions, and ultimately questioned the idea of the artwork as an autonomous object. Rörelse i konsten has become pivotal in the museum’s recounting of its own history, and has been referred to and partly restaged in 2008 and 2011. Rörelse i konsten, and the various forms of re-enactments it has been subject to, will be taken as a starting point for a wider discussion on the on-going writing of exhibition history. Partly conducted from within, the field itself (artists, curators and museum directors are reflecting upon the impact of these exhibitions on their own practices) this form of history writing tends to be partial. Frederick Kiesler’s and El Lissitzky’s exhibition models from the 1920s and onwards, the ‘labyrinthic’exhibitions of the post-war era, of which Rörelse i konsten is an example, are often used as historical references to frame contemporary practices. I will argue that this history is conditioned by interests in ourpresent (such as critical investigations of the art institution, spectator’s participation, and artistic collectivity). As such, it tends to obstruct wider investigations of these exhibitions’origination and impact.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Exhibition History, History of Exhibitions, Curatorial Practice (Art), Neo-Avant-Garde, Pontus Hultén
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Art History
Research subject
Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129424OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-129424DiVA: diva2:922244
Conference
Annual Conference and Art Book Fair, Edinburgh, UK, April 7-9, 2016
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2017-06-01Bibliographically approved

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