Posted on May 13, 2011
Exhibitions have increasingly become a topic of investigation. Afterall Books have just launched a new series of case studies, Exhibition Histories. An interview with Teresa Gleadowe, Research Consultant and Series Editor.
Why was it important to start with these two exhibitions?
‘It is interesting to compare these exhibitions in order to gain new insights into their importance and how their curators approached them at the time. The importance of When Attitudes Become Form by Harald Szeemann is generally recognized. Op Losse Schroeven is less well known outside the Netherlands, but also emerges as a very influential exhibition. Looking at both shows, one is able to say certain things about the difference between exhibition-making within a museum context, the Stedelijk Museum, and in a situation where the bureaucratic structure is much lighter, as it was at the Kunsthalle Bern, where Harald Szeemann was both the director and curator. It also makes one aware of the impact that the organization of the gallery spaces can have on the nature of an exhibition. At the Stedelijk Museum, Wim Beeren had a series of enfilade galleries in which to present the artists’ work, whereas the Kunsthalle Bern had large interlocking rooms – which meant that works by a number of different artists were shown in close proximity. The book focuses on the spatial organisation of these exhibitions, with floor plans and installation photographs that give the viewer a sense of what it felt like to be in those spaces.’
Continue reading the interview here.