The Transhistorical Museum
Mapping the Field
Edited by Eva Wittocx, Ann Demeester, Peter Carpreau, Melanie Bühler, Xander Karskens

Mieke Bal, Melanie Bühler, Peter Carpreau, Bice Curiger, Penelope Curtis, Ann Demeester, Olga Fernández López, Hendrik Folkerts, Hanneke Grootenboer, María Íñigo Clavo, Xander Karskens, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Jean-Hubert Martin, Alexander Nagel, Ruth Noack, Nicola Setari, Jasper Sharp, Abigail Winograd, Eva Wittocx


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Since the turn of this century, we have witnessed a significant expanse in the field of transhistorical exhibition practices. A range of curatorial efforts have emerged in which objects and artefacts from various periods and art-historical and cultural contexts are combined in display, in an effort to question and expand traditional museological notions such as chronology, context, and category. This book offers art historical, theoretical and curatorial perspectives on the topic

Art, Theory / History / Criticism
Such experiments in transcending art-historical boundaries can potentially result in both fresh insights into the workings of entrenched historical presumptions and provide a space to reassess interpretations of individual objects in relation to their contexts and narratives. Despite this surge of interest in art-historical writing and curatorial practices, and overview and theoretical mapping of transhistoricity has so far been missing. This anthology aims to fill this gap: it charts the territory for the transhistorical by bringing together contributions by leading scholars, curators, and museum professionals of the field. It looks at the concepts that undergird the transhistorical, describes the theoretical horizon it relates to, and illuminates the practical applications it has fostered. As such, it provides the grounds for further research and practical applications. The book is divided into three parts: 1. Terminology & Theoretical Horizon; 2. Art & Time; 3. Curatorial Strategies.

Eva Wittocx is a curator and art critic based in Brussels. Since 2009 Eva Wittocx is head of the contemporary art department at Museum M in Leuven, Belgium. Ann Demeester is Director of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem. Peter Carpreau Curator-in-charge Old Masters, M Leuven in Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. Melanie Bühler is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Xander Karskens most recently served as artistic director at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen

224 pages
Paperback, 16.5x23.5 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9789492095527