Online lectures | Museum for a Small City/Rebuild - 02.Dec.2020 - 8 pm

Richard Venlet, Museum for a Small City, Rebuild. Photo: Dirk Pauwels
Richard Venlet, Museum for a Small City, Rebuild. Photo: Dirk Pauwels

This autumn, S.M.A.K. will launch a series of lectures in the context of the exhibition ‘Museum for a Small City/Rebuild’ by Richard Venlet.

The series connects the exhibition, which examines the S.M.A.K. collection in its own idiosyncratic way, with ideas relating to the contemporary efforts of museums to revalue their history. This often involves a critical analysis of museum collections and their foundations in exclusive canons. The invited speakers explain, each from their own practice, the urgency of this task. They highlight the importance of a broad interpretation of artistic production, exhibition contexts, collaborative models and critical pedagogy, in order to open up the art-historical construction to a polyphonic field of meaning.


  • 02.Dec.2020 at 8 pm: online lecture by Suzanne Cotter, director, Mudam, Luxembourg, on public-private alliances in the context of her collaboration with the Pinault collection.
  • 10.Dec.2020: online lecture by Clémentine Deliss, associate curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, on ‘The Metabolic Museum’.
  • Round-table discussion with Richard Venlet and others on the theme of ‘The artist as curator’ (subject to confirmation, date to be determined).

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