Symposium: The Absent Museum

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This symposium, featuring a series of individual presentations followed by a panel discussion, offers a discursive platform for the questions raised by the ambitious exhibition project that WIELS presents this summer: The Absent Museum.

The speakers are invited to discuss their experience of elaborating different examples of museum practices. With examples from within Europe and the world at large, they all face tensions between identity and tradition, heightened by transnational displacement and disruptive technologies. What is to be done when long-standing polarizing and simplistic conceptions such as “the West and the rest,” centre and periphery, or high and low have proved inadequate when defining contemporary urgencies? Which institutional methodologies can be proposed to address the issues of a multiple or global modernity? How can existing art museums actively position themselves in the cultural debate and overcome a binary representation of history in favour of nuance and complexity?

In the light of recent discussions around the future foundation of an institution for contemporary art in Brussels, the European capital, what is at stake is the development of tools for negotiating, translating and mediating an open, cosmopolitan and egalitarian place for art, culture and ideas.

Programme

Lectures at WIELS:
14:00–14:30: Introductory notes by Dirk Snauwaert 
Director, WIELS, Brussels

14:30–15:15: Catherine David
Deputy Director, Centre Pompidou, Paris

15:30–16:15: Elvira Dyangani Ose
Senior Curator, Creative Time, NYC; Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London; Member of Thought Council, Fondazione Prada

16:30–17:15: Marta Dziewańska
Curator, Head of Research, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Curatorial Advisor, documenta 14, Kassel

Moderated by Zoë Gray, Senior Curator, WIELS, Brussels

17:30: Break and transfer to BOZAR

Panel discussion at BOZAR:
19:00–20:45: With Catherine David, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Marta Dziewańska

Introduced by Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director, BOZAR, Brussels; Moderated by Dirk Snauwaert and Nicola Setari, Head of Visual Arts, LUCA School of Arts, Brussels

Friday 02.06.2017
14:00–17:30 / WIELS Auditorium
19:00–20:45 / BOZAR Studio
Free entrance upon reservation
In English

This symposium is conceived by WIELS in the framework of The Absent Museum, and elaborated in conjunction with BOZAR and LUCA School of Arts. 

With the support of Kunstenpunt, the presentations in WIELS will be streamed live from this page.