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The Absent Museum

Although museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been so popular, they remain notably absent from public debate on most key current issues. 

To mark its 10th anniversary, WIELS proposes The Absent Museum, conceived as a ‘blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe’. This speculative exhibition and its accompanying publication address the challenges that both museums and artists face today. 

Included in the publication are original contributions by 47 contemporary and historical artists, translating their works to the book’s pages and setting forth certain directions for the future. Editor and artistic director Dirk Snauwaert presents a critical account on the stakes of the art centre’s role. Two fellow museum directors, Charles Esche of Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum and Manuel Borja-Villel of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, act as respondents in their respective essays.

  • Softcover 
  • Sewn binding
  • 220 illustrations
Customer: Mercatorfonds en WIELS
Category: Art