"The Absent Museum" by Dirk Snauwaert

The Absent Museum Blueprint for a Museum of Contemporary Art for the Capital of Europe Dirk Snauwaert, Manuel Borja-Villel, Catherine David, Charles Esche

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
04 May 2017
ISBN:
9780300229141
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
224 pages: 273 x 216mm
Illustrations:
200 color + 20 b-w illus.

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How can artists maintain the tension between globalization’s paradoxes and history’s turbulences and their individual sensibilities and voices? In light of recent tumultuous historical developments, this book, accompanying an exhibition at WIELS, Brussels, discusses the striking absence of art museums in urgent, public debate. Although museums–especially those devoted to contemporary art–have never been as popular as they are today, they are still notably missing from the public space and their voices go unheard in the formation of public opinion. Included are existing works and new productions by some 50 artists, representing, translating, and interpreting the challenges that face museums today, as well as the communities they inspire.
 

Dirk Snauwaert has been the artistic director of WIELS since 2005.