The Wiels - Brussels
The Absent Museum at Wiels – Brussels
One of the most intense and interesting exhibitions I’ve been to in a while!
According to one of my art expert friends, this is what ‘Documenta 14’ in Athens should have been like.
An excerpt from the Wiels website perhaps explains best this complex show: “This symposium, featuring a series of individual presentations followed by a panel discussion, offers a discursive platform for the questions raised by the ambitious exhibition project that WIELS presents this summer: The Absent Museum.
"The speakers are invited to discuss their experience of elaborating different examples of museum practices. With examples from within Europe and the world at large, they all face tensions between identity and tradition, heightened by transnational displacement and disruptive technologies. What is to be done when long-standing polarizing and simplistic conceptions such as 'the West and the rest,' centre and periphery, or high and low have proved inadequate when defining contemporary urgencies? Which institutional methodologies can be proposed to address the issues of a multiple or global modernity? How can existing art museums actively position themselves in the cultural debate and overcome a binary representation of history in favor of nuance and complexity?”
It was indeed an intense, thought provoking, challenging, shocking, and powerful exhibition.