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.
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).
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