Restoring ‘Wirtschaftswerte’ by Joseph Beuys | Wednesday 24 April at 6 pm.

‘Wirtschaftswerte’ by Joseph Beuys - image by Dirk Pauwels, MSK 2019
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‘Wirtschaftswerte’ by Joseph Beuys - image by Dirk Pauwels, MSK 2019

‘Wirtschaftswerte’ by Joseph Beuys was acquired by S.M.A.K. in 1980, when it was shown in the exhibition ‘Art in Europe after ‘68’. It has been one of the key works in the museum’s collection ever since. was acquired by S.M.A.K. in 1980, when it was shown in the exhibition ‘Art in Europe after ‘68’. It has been one of the key works in the museum’s collection ever since.

As the work was largely constructed from transient materials, it requires constant maintenance by S.M.A.K.’s restoration team. In this discussion between Rebecca Heremans* (Conservator at S.M.A.K.) and Nav Haq** (Senior Curator at Muhka) the technical aspects of preservation, management and restoration are linked to the substantive and art historical value of Joseph Beuys’ oeuvre.

Practical details:

  • Wednesday 24 April at 6 pm.
  • Entry is free of charge.
  • Auditorium MSK. Entrance through the museum, Scribedreef 1, 9000 Ghent. Doors close at 6.15 pm.
  • Reservations via msk.educatie@stad.gent
  • In English.
  • The S.M.A.K. works on display at the MSK can be visited by lecture attendees from 5.30 pm to 6 pm. The doors on Scribedreef will close at 6.15 pm. Exit via Hofbouwlaan.

*Rebecca Heremans (b. 1989) studied the curation and conservation of photographic objects, and since 2012 has been working as a paper conservator at S.M.A.K. Since 2014, Heremans has been carrying out research into the ‘Wirtschaftswerte’, and she is trying to devise guidelines for dealing with this work as appropriately as possible in the future.

**Nav Haq (b. 1976) is Senior Curator at Muhka. He was previously Exhibition Curator at the Arnolfini in Bristol and Curator of Gasworks, London. Haq has already curated various solo exhibitions of artists including Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Cosima von Bonin, Shilpa Gupta and Otobong Nkanga. In 2017, he curated the exhibition ‘Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian’, in which he explored both Beuys’ activities in 1960s and 1970s Antwerp, and his relevance to a new generation of artists and art historians.