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The Medieval Church on Display


MEDELTIDSKOMMITTÉN bjuder in till symposium

Lena Liepe (Linnéuniversitetet): An exhibition of art - not a curio cabinet
The topic of this paper is the installation paradigm that was implemented in a series of regional exhibitions of church art, held across Sweden in the 1910s and early 1920s. In the scenography of the exhibitions, church objects from the Middle Ages and the post-Reformation period were displayed in a manner that was calculated to convey the impression of a church atmosphere in a general sense, but without actually simulating a church interior. The shift from an older, cultural historical mode of display is explained as an outcome of the determined efforts of art historians such as Johnny Roosval to claim the scholarly study of older church art for the newly founded academic discipline of art history. Further, the sources of the contextualising displays are sought in late nineteenth century expositions of exotic and historical milieus at world fairs, in ethnographic tableaus, and in natural history dioramas. Wilhelm von Bode´s generic "style rooms" at the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin are also considered as part of the international background for the new exhibition paradigm.

Phillip Lindley (Loughborough University): Artists Interventions in Art Museums and Galleries
This talk will focus on the (temporary) embedding of contemporary artists work/responses in museums and galleries of historical art and artefacts. The idea of commissioning a contemporary artist to respond to - or reinterpret - a collection or museum is clearly intended to emphasise the relevance of the past to the present. Such interventions may indicate a crisis of confidence on the part of Directors and Curators in the ability of the historical works in their care to speak to a contemporary audience without mediation. What are contemporary artists responses intended to add? A formal, thematic or conceptual critique? An ideological retaliation? A disruption of classification or chronology? Or just the lustre of contemporaneity?
The talk will engage critically with artistic interventions in the museum and gallery and with the developing literature on the subject. I shall select a few such interventions in British institutions, discussing them and their reception in detail. One of the case studies will be Image and Idol: Medieval Sculpture, an innovative and controversial exhibition which I co-curated with the sculptor Richard Deacon in 2001 at Tate Britain.

Föreläsare: Lena Liepe (Linnéuniversitetet, Phillip Lindley (Loughborough University)

Datum: 2019-05-23

Tid: 15:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Humaniora

Plats: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8
Vasa B

Kontaktperson: Alexandra Fried

Sidansvarig: |Sidan uppdaterades: 2018-10-03

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