Il momento curatoriale

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibition entitled The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions. The exhibition, organized chronologically by the year of their acquisition rather than their date of production, is a celebration of the museum’s collecting during the tenure of its outgoing director, Philippe de Montebello. While the organizational strategy of the exhibition has not been well received – being so outside ‘traditional’ art historical order of things – the acquisition emphasis nonetheless points to something of the often-overlooked roles of museum directors and curators in the politics of collecting and display.

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibition entitled The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions. The exhibition, organized chronologically by the year of their acquisition rather than their date of production, is a celebration of the museum’s collecting during the tenure of its outgoing director, Philippe de Montebello. While the organizational strategy of the exhibition has not been well received – being so outside ‘traditional’ art historical order of things – the acquisition emphasis nonetheless points to something of the often-overlooked roles of museum directors and curators in the politics of collecting and display…READ FULL REVIEW IN PRINT EDITION Michael Goldberg, Untitled (Bath), 1981,baths, bedsprings, chains, fluorescent light and fitting, half-woodenchair, hollow concrete blocks,industrial glove, rubber mat, steel wall bracket, Venetian blind, whitetiles, wire mesh burglarproofing, wood shavings, 204 x 158.5 x 224cm(purchased 1981) Courtesy of Johannesburg Art Gallery Photo: John Hodgkiss
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