The Transhistorical Museum: Objects, Narratives & Temporalities

A Research Project in Haarlem and Leuven
Conference
12 May 2016

M - Museum Leuven
L. Vanderkelenstraat 28
3000 Leuven

In November 2015 M - Museum Leuven and Frans Hals Museum, De Hallen Haarlem (the Netherlands) organised the first part of the joined research project on the notion of 'transhistoricity'. In Haarlem the colloquium focused on the collection in the transhistorical museum. In Leuven the focus will be on curatorial aspects. The symposium will bring together different perspectives - museological, curatorial, theoretical - on the subject of transhistoricity. The conference aims to answer to the following questions: Can a transhistorical approach to exhibition making or collection display produce relevant new insights? Does manoeuvring art objects into unchartered contexts – historically, materially, and ontologically - create different qualities to the objects? What can we learn from historical artworks, when we study them through the lens of contemporary artistic production, or vice versa? How can historical and contemporary works of art be combined in new meaningful ways, both for audiences, the museum as an institute and art in general?