The Exhibition - Politics of a Ritual


Monday, 17th October 2022

3 to 6 pm

UCLouvain, Socrate, salle Jean Ladrière (room A124), Place Cardinal Mercier 14, Louvain-la-Neuve

The workshop will proceed from Dorothea von Hantelmann’s sociocritical understanding of art exhibitions in terms of ritual spaces, in which values and abstract principles of modern societies are negotiated. Starting from the definition of exhibitions as a specifically modern form of relating artworks, objects, time, space and bodies that reflects the structure of our societies, the workshop will concentrate on issues and questions raised by specific exhibition formats. In this respect, a link will be established with Michela Sacchetto PhD research on the politics of visualization in Harald Szeemann’s exhibitions of the 1970s, in particular The Bachelor Machines (1975/76), an exhibition devoted to the supposedly modern myth of the « bachelor » and its related themes of life, love and art.

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Alexander Streitberger and Michela Sacchetto, Introduction

3:15 – 3:45 pm: Michela Sacchetto, Considerations about the “mythical” exhibitions designed by Harald Szeemann in the 1970s

3.45 – 4.30 pm: Dorothea von Hantelmann, A sociocritical approach to exhibition studies and the embodiment of abstract principles within the exhibition as a space/time/object ritual

4.30 - 4.45 pm : Break

4.45 – 6:00 pm Discussion 

To register please contact Alexander Streitberger by mail:

Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve