Seminar: Permanence in Contemporary Art

From H-Museum (I wonder if this is something Mette is involved with?!:

Permanence in Contemporary Art – Checking Reality

A seminar to be held the 3rd and 4th of 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 from the 3rd to the 4th of 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 at

Jørgen Wadum
Keeper of Conservation
T +45 3374 8450/M +45 2559 7808
Statens Museum for Kunst


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