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Call for papers - Summer University Bibliothèque Kandinsky - "PRIMARY SOURCES AT WORK. Art collecting and museums in present time”

Posted on Friday, 24th March 2017

The Bibliothèque Kandinsky's Summer University is a Musée National d'Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou research program installed on the premises of the museum. It focuses on modern and contemporary art primary sources: archives, documentary materials (both written and visual), interviews, records as well as new forms of artistic appropriation and documentary production.

For its fourth edition, from 5 to 13 July 2017, the Bibliotheque Kandinsky’s Summer University will address one of the most complex topics of recent museum studies: the layered history of living art collections and their integration in the museum. The mechanisms of “collection-making” will be investigated under different methodological strategies and historiographical frames, through comparative readings and opening up to international contexts.

A particular attention will be given to innovative projects of “collection-making”, both in content construction and in political, economic and institutional assembling. What are the contemporary dynamics of collecting and their multiple exchanges within the public space of the museum? How can we assess their impact onto the public or private institutions which capitalize them and exhibit the artistic heritage of contemporary art? Recent reflections concerning the necessary responsibilities that have to guide and motivate museum policies and heritage constructions enhance the urgency of this debate.

The Summer University will offer the platform for debate regarding the following topics: acquisition policies, parallel practices of collection-making, strategies of display and contextual narratives, alternative collections and their link to the collective action of multiple “collecting players” (for example, in the cases of community collecting and participative collection-making), debates around deaccessioning practices and restitution policies, itinerary and ephemeral ways of collecting.

Contact details for further information:; +33 1 44 78 46 65

Deadline for submission: April 23rd, 2017