Radical Museology: or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?

Radical Museology: or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?


By (author) Claire Bishop, Illustrated by Dan Perjovschi

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  • Publisher: Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 208mm x 8mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3863353641
  • ISBN 13: 9783863353643
  • Illustrations note: 18 colour, 18 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 49,657

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With austerity cuts to public funding, many contemporary art museums have been forced to scale down their budgets, staff and acquisitions. In "Radical Museology," New York-based art historian Claire Bishop argues that the incommensurability of fiscal and cultural temporality--one fast, the other slower--points to an alternative world of values in which museums (and by extension, culture, education and democracy in general) are not subject to the banalities of a spreadsheet, but enable us to access a rich and diverse history, to question the present and to realize a different future. She discusses creative solutions implemented at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museo Nacional de Reina Sofia in Madrid and MSUM in Ljubljana. This book is a manifesto for the importance of a politicized representation of the contemporary in today's art.

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