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Presence is a state, which is often taken for granted in museums. When visiting a museum, viewers are taught to appreciate what they encounter. Museums explain in great detail how viewers should read the artworks that they come across during museum visits, but never about what is missing. Margaret Tali addresses the intangible, and renders visible the multiple absences that art museums create and sustain. She theorises museal absence in detail and focuses on the relationships surrounding art, including: the ways in which communities are constructed by museums; the dominant presences and visibilities for which musealised art is employed; and the ways in which ownership and political legitimacies influence museums and the art world.

Event details of The absences created and sustained by art museums
Date 23 September 2014
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel

M. Tali Speaking Absence: Art Museums, Representation and Knowledge Creation.


Prof. C.P. Lindner


Dr J. Boomgaard


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.