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Seminar on permanence in contemporary art

From: Jorgen Wadum <j.wadum<-a>
Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008
"Permanence in Contemporary Art:  Checking Reality"
A seminar to be held 3-4 November 2008, arranged by Statens Museum
for Kunst in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine
Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish National Gallery) and the Royal
Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, will be the
organisers of an international seminar "Permanence in Contemporary
Art--Checking Reality" addressing various critical issues
surrounding the preservation and exhibition of contemporary
artworks. The seminar will be held over two days, 3-4 November 2008.

The seminar, which will encourage interdisciplinary exchange between
museum professionals including conservators, art historians, artists
and others, will take place in conjunction with Reality Check, an
exhibition at Statens Museum for Kunst, opening fall 2008. Reality
Check will act as a thematic springboard for the seminar, addressing
issues related to content, material, time, exhibition and context
exemplified by works in the exhibition. The seminar will encourage
participation and dialogue from within the greater Scandinavian
region, as well as abroad.

With this seminar, Statens Museum for Kunst and The Royal Danish
Academy of Fine Arts, aim to contribute to the growing international
professionalism and awareness associated with the preservation,
installation, documentation and exhibition of contemporary artworks.
The seminar will provide a forum for professionals working in the
field to discuss crucial questions regarding authenticity,
permanence/impermanence, artistic intent, reproducibility, and
longevity of artworks--issues which illustrate the paradox into
which contemporary art is situated, where the idea of preserving the
'authentic' original material is perhaps in distinct opposition to
the original concept of the artwork or where conversely a literal
acceptance of ideas of  flux and instability inherent in certain
works may compromise the existence of the original material object.
Also the conservation and curatorial concerns relating to time based
works and installations, which are especially challenging, will be
addressed. To further illuminate these issues, selected prominent
artists will be asked to give presentations at the seminar. The
curator of the exhibition Reality Check will offer a special viewing
to the participants in the seminar.

Details regarding registration will be posted shortly.  For further
information contact

    Louise Cone
    Statens Museum for Kunst
    louise.cone<-a t->smk< . >dk

Jurgen Wadum
Keeper of Conservation
+45 3374 8450
Statens Museum for Kunst


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