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Charles Esche

A demodern option?
11 August 2018 / 2.30 pm CEST

Das Museum als Parlament
The Museum as Parliament, 2018, Studio
Jonas Staal, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Foto: Peter Cox

Having responsibility for a modern art institution, I am confronted by the question of its value and potential in the contemporary world. I work in and out of a very modern state (the Netherlands) while seeing its logics fail around me. So I am trying to find a way of working,  listening, and doing that takes account of these conflicts and contradictions. My short talk will suggest how I approach my work within the Van Abbemuseum and a little bit beyond.

See his lecture on our YouTube channel here.
Charles Esche is director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, London, and co-director of Afterall Journal and Books. He teaches on the Exhibition Studies MRes course at CSM, London and at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL).