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Installation Art and the Museum


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Installation Art and the Museum - 2 Contents - 8 Acknowledgments - 10 Introduction Challenges of Installation Art - 12 Chapter 1 Key Concepts and Developments in Conservation Theory and Practice - 36 Chapter 2 From Singularity to Multiplicity: Authenticity in Practice - 62 Chapter 3 From Intention to Interaction: Artist’s Intention Reconsidered - 110 Chapter 4 From Object to Collective, from Artists to Actants: Ownership Reframed - 144 Conclusion Challenges and Potentialities of Installation Art - 182 List of Illustrations - 190 References - 194 Interviews - 214 Index - 218

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Vivian van Saaze is postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University.


"Installation Art and the Museum will become essential reading for scholars and professionals who work in the art world, along with anyone with serious interest in contemporary art and its display. It is an engaging account of what goes on behind museum doors as staff struggles to maintain a sense of authenticity with variable art. Van Saaze reveals the tensions between artists, curators, and conservators who re-create and alter these works for public display. Video requires reformatting and new exhibition equipment as technologies go obsolescent. Installation works change when re-designed for new gallery spaces. Artists challenge the notion of single authorship by transferring decision-making to museum staff or by distributing their role through collaborative practice. The art examined in this book is inherently unstable, and its care provides a rich context for understanding what happens when agreed-upon social practice in museums is disrupted by external change. Interdisciplinary scholarship at its best." Glenn Wharton, Time-Based Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art and Research Scholar in Museum Studies, New York University |"This book is a significant and innovative contribution to the literature. At present there is a lack of such a publication addressing in an accessible manner the emergence of contemporary artists’ installations within a museum context and the practice of those responsible for the display and conservation. This publication provides a valuable read for both those new to the subject and the more experienced reader. It is an important and timely piece of research which I believe will be both influential and widely read." Pip Laurenson, Tate, London

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