The Global Turn of Contemporary Art in Brazilian Collections
2008-08-21 - 2008-08-22
Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Rua Lisboa, 974
05413-001 São Paulo, SP Brazil
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In 2006, Hans Belting and Peter Weibel initiated the project Global Art and the Museum (GAM) at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. It aims to explore the impact of contemporary art’s globalization on art institutions, art history, and the art market in the last 20 years. The art market, with its new clientele, acts on a global scale, while art museums operate in an urban or national context where audiences have local views, and where the narratives of art history, or else of alternative genealogies differ from mainstream art discourses.
The workshop is intended to focus on two main questions:
- What is the response to the global expansion of contemporary art in Brazil today? Does a Brazilian audience as yet have any experience of a new situation in what we call global art? Or is the dichotomy between international (Western) art and local Brazilian art production still prevailing?
- What is the institutional presence of the contemporary? What role do museums play, as opposed to galleries and private collections? How do museums deal with the global turn in today’s art in their collection and exhibition policies? To what extent is contemporary Asian or African art present in Brazilian collections?
There are four other aspects of the topic to be considered as far as museums are concerned:
- The suppression of ethnic art, frequently to be observed as a result of a new global art production
- The new museum geography and the agenda of newly founded contemporary art museums
- Art history after Modernism (Belting) and global art history
- The de-centralization of the concept of art
This two-day workshop will be introduced by Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg, who will provide an overview of the goals and activities of the project GAM. The statements of Ricardo Basbaum, Ana Belluzo, Taisa Helena Palhares & Marcelo Arajo, Ana Leticia Fialho, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Martin Grossmann, Ivo Mesquita, David Moreno Sperling, Fernando Oliva & Marcelo Rezende, and Jochen Volz (20 minutes each) are to highlight the speakers’ personal views and experiences, both institutional and intellectual.
Subsequently, the results of the workshop are going to be published as third volume in the series of books dedicated to Global Art and the Museum.
The meeting in São Paulo will be the first of several workshops which examine the global turn in contemporary art in different local contexts. The aim is to build up a body of comparative knowledge that can be discussed and applied in a cross-cultural perspective.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Project GAM at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Presentation: Andrea Buddensieg [biography]
Section I: Local Refutations against GAMStatements: Ivo Mesquita [biography] and Laymert Garcia dos Santos [biography]
Response: Jens Baumgarten, Moderation: Joachim Bernauer [biography]
Section II: Art Museums in BrazilStatements: Ana Belluzzo [biography] and Martin Grossmann [biography]
Response: Marcelo Araújo [biography], Moderation: Ana Leticia Fialho [biography]
Friday, August 20, 2008
Section III: Ambitions and Conflicts. Market and ArtistStatements: Ana Leticia Fialho [biography] and Ricardo Basbaum [biography]
Response: Alfonso Luz Moderation: Laymert Garcia dos Santos [biography]
Section IV: Actualization, Technology and UseStatements: David Sperling [biography] and Fernando Oliva [biography] & Marcelo Rezende [biography]
Response: Norval Baitello [biography], Moderation: Martin Grossmann [biography]
Section V: Collecting the Contemporary in BrazilStatements: Jochen Volz [biography] and Marcelo Araújo [biography] & Taísa Palhares [biography]
Response: Felipe Chaimovich [biography], Moderation: Joachim Bernauer [biography]