WIELS Contemporary Art Centre Brussels announces The Artist as Curator

The Artist as Curator is a new serial publication project that concerns a profoundly influential but still understudied phenomenon, a history that has yet to be written. Publications on museum studies, exhibition histories, and star curators make up a fast, if still burgeoning, field of exhibition studies, but the role of artists in contributing to our understanding of that ontologically ambiguous thing we call the “exhibition” is much less well discussed. Now, through primary research and new readings, this series of specially commissioned or reprinted essays by artists, curators, critics, and art historians will help address the topic, focusing on exhibitions from the post-war period to the present that specifically rethought the form of the exhibition. Two essays, combining readings of a historic and more recent exhibition, will appear in a loose insert in Mousse over the next two years and ten issues, in total examining twenty seminal art exhibitions curated by artists.

The Artist as Curator is made possible by a unique collaboration between a group of engaged art institutions and foundations. Each of the installments will be supported by a different partnering institution that helps to make this ambitious research and publication project into a reality. The first year of the project is being supported by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; de Appel, Amsterdam; and Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Para el Arte. The series is edited by Elena Filipovic, published by Mousse, and will be anthologized in a final publication at the end of the two-year project. The series launches with the December issue of Mousse.

Mousse
Via De Amicis 53
20123 Milan
www.theartistascurator.org

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