Performing the museum is built on the initial resources of the institutions collaborating on the project and based on different practices, some set on tradition and the already established working methods and others seeking a different methodology, resulting in experimental practices.
The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections, and working methods, in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting to various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary museum are changing. Its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying, and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions and educational programmes based on the participatory approach, intended for both the audience and the staff. Creation of knowledge, based on the non-hegemonic, emancipatory principle is one of the strategic orientations of all the participating museums.
The participating museums connected through the project represent different histories as well as different contemporary realities. Three of the museums share a part of their political history, but on very different localities. Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (MSU) was founded in 1954. During the 1960’s and the 1970’s, it was considered one of the most progressive institution in this part of Europe, and the birthplace of the European and international neo-avantgarde movement New Tendencies. Today its exciting 60-year long history can be read through the permanent collection displayed in the new building.Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts is a regional museum of modern and contemporary art based in the northern part of Slovenia, with a strong tradition in organizing international exhibitions of engaged art in the 1960’s and 1970’s, which today establishes its identity through a critical assessment of past practices within the present situation. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad was founded in 1966. Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad carries out various activities in different areas of contemporary art and is starting to take the role of a regional leader in this field, with an important place in current developments and movements in contemporary art in the region, as well as in international art cooperation and exchange. Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. The Fundació takes a pluralist, interdisciplinary approach and aims at setting up cooperative ventures with experts from various fields of learning in order to contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary art and culture.
What is common to all the partners is a rich past documented in artistic archives and museum archives, as well as their methodology and the initiative to rethink these resources in order to discover new approaches and working methods.
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (project leader)
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona