Time-based media in the museum: conserving and activating performance

Bergit Arends, University of Bristol, and Louise Lawson, Tate

6 February, 6–7.30pm

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

Klara Hobza, Animaloculomat (2017). Multimedia sculpture. Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
Photo: Carola Radke, MfN.

This joint talk offers insights into collections of performance art at Tate and the performance of historic collections by contemporary artists at natural history museums. We discuss the processes of archiving, conservation and activation of works. We will consider the durability of materials, their decay and continuing issues of conservation. We consider different archival and collecting structures as well as the interactions of time-based media and photography within and beyond the museum.

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Provenance matters: acquisitions of Venetian Renaissance art in Northern Europe between the First and the Second World War

Sarah Ferrari

16 March, 5–7pm

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

(Part of the Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art)

This paper sheds new light on the dynamics of the European art market by investigating a group of paintings that were acquired by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, between 1917 and 1954. The group includes works attributed to Titian, Tintoretto, Schiavone and Veronese, some of which were once part of the celebrated collection of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689). The paper offers an account of both documentary sources and material aspects, in order to identify the network of collectors and dealers involved, while at the same time analyzing the role of national identity as a driving force in the context of these acquisitions.