Out of Storage

Documentary, guided tour and interview: 
In and Out of Storage. The contemporary art museum: behind the scenes
16 10 2011
Free (with valid exhibition ticket)

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The conservation of contemporary artworks presents collectors with great challenges. If you regularly visit exhibitions of modern or contemporary art, you must have wondered at some point how artworks are preserved when they are made from aging, transient or vulnerable materials such as plastic, food and glass. How do you present film and video art when the equipment that is used to show it wears down and is not available anymore? But also: what does it mean for an artwork when it was designed for a specific space and later re-installed in a different environment? How do collectors deal with these ‘instable’, transient artworks? Which decisions are made, why, by whom and what are the consequences of all this for the artwork?

In a guided tour and interview with the caretakers of the exhibition Out of Storage, Oscar Lourens en Johan Rijken, and the screening of the documentary Installation Art: Who Cares? these questions will be addressed and more insights into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a contemporary art museum will be given.

This program is composed by Vivian van Saaze and Renée van de Vall (both researchers at Maastricht University, Faculty of Social Sciences). Installation Art: Who Cares?, a film by Michiel Hogenboom and Maarten Tromp, commissioned by the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK), was realized in collaboration with a group of curators and conservators of 35 European museums. The feature length of the film is 30 minutes. The film is in English with Dutch subtitles. The guided tour and the interview are both in Dutch.

Students get a €5 reduction on the entrance fee.