The Museum Reader: what practices should 21st century Museums pursue, how and why?

9. März 2017 - 10. März 2017, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon

International Conference


The international conference "The Museum Reader", organised by the Art History Institute of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado, aims to propose thematic lines and noteworthy points to stimulate thought, reflection and debate of new realities, practices and working conditions identified in museums in the 21st century. Its purpose is to analyse and systematise new methods and paradigms, trends and different practices and ways of imagining the role of art institutions in the context of the present-day art scene. There will be particular emphasis on the following themes:


- Museums in the transition from the 20th to the 21st century

- The museum and the neoliberal concept of culture

- The paradigmatic transformations of art institutions in the context of the current social, economic and political order

- Institutional critique as investigation of the framework and functioning of art institutions

- The museum as a place of negotiation and conflict

- The potential of institutions and the new institutional sphere: new Institutionalism, radical museology, critical museology

- Critique and experimentation in art institutions

- Institutional and non-institutional practices within the museum

- Challenges for museums and art institutions inside new art practices

- The future identity of art institutions



(subject to changes)


Day 1

Thursday, March 9, 2017


09.30 - Registration


09.45 - Welcom & Introduction


10.00 - 10.45 - 1. Keynote

Ferran Barenblit (Director, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona - MACBA, Spain)


10.45 -11.15 - Coffee break


11.15 - 13.00 - 2. Paper Sessions


Why public art institutions still matter a lot - a Greek experience - an artist’s perspective - Evanthia Tsantila (Artist, lives in Berlin and Lisbon)


Researching the museum from the inside. From artist to curator, from curator to artist: the curatorial practice of New Institutionalism as 3rd wave of Institutional Critique - Micaela Deiana (UniNettuno University, Rome, Italy)


New Institutionalism, Then and Now - Pedro de Llano Neira (Postdoctoral researcher, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)


Transnational challenges in the modern and contemporary art museum - Giulia Lamoni (Brooks Fellow Delfina Foundation / Tate Modern; FCT Researcher IHA, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)


13.00 - 14.30 - Lunch (on tour own)


14.30 - 16.00 - 3. Paper Sessions


Conspiratorial institutions? Museums and social transformation in the post-crisis period - Jesus Carrillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,



De-institutionalizing the new institutionalism - TOMÁS RUIZ-RIVAS (Director and founder, Antimuseum for Contemporary Art, Spain)


Bursing the bubble: The urgent need for strong and socially engaged leadership - Maria Vlachou (Cultural Management an Communications consultant, executive director of Acesso Cultura, Portugal)


16.00 - 16.30 - Coffee break


16.30 - 18.00 - 4. Paper Sessions


Art, Ideology and Power: political appropriations of art museums in postcolonial Asian contexts - the Macao Museum of Art as a case study - Patrícia Melo (PhD Candidate, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa,



The colonial gaze in contemporary technologies of display: the forthcoming Museum of the Discoveries - Carolina Rito (Researcher and curator, IHC, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)


The museum as an archival space for practices of decolonial curating - Nancy Dantas (PhD candidate, Art History and Visual Culture, Rhodes University; Liaison Officer, University of Cape Town, South Africa)


Day 2

Friday, March 10, 2017


10.00 - 10.45 - 5. Keynote

Pieternel Vermoortel (FormContent, KASK (Ghent), Goldsmiths, University of London)


10.45 - 11.15 - Coffee break


11.15 - 13.00 - 6. Paper Sessions


Dagognet’s Critique of the Museum as a “Machine of Deceit”: The Protest that calls for Radical Metamorphosis - Katherine Sirois (PhD Candidate in co-supervision between Lisbon (IHA, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de

Lisboa) and Paris (Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne)


The potentialities of artistic & cultural mediation for the Museum of the XXI Century: the case of "On Mediation" (2013-2017) - ANNA MARIA GUASCH, OLGA SUREDA, CHRISTIAN ALONSO (Director and coordinators of “On Mediation” Project, Spain: 1) Professor of Global Art History and Art Criticism, University of Barcelona; 2) Independent curator, writer and cultural manager; 3) PhD Candidate, researcher, curator and teacher, Department of Art History of the University of Barcelona and curator)


Curating the University - ANA CRISTINA CACHOLA E LUÍSA SANTOS (FCH, CECC, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)


13.00 - 14.30 - Lunch (on your own)


14.30 - 16.00 - 7. PAPER SESSIONS


Art, Alternative understandings of art in contemporary practices of museum education - MARTA ORNELLAS (Researcher, CIEBA - Centro de Investigação e de Estudos em Belas-Artes, Portugal)


Do things exist unseen? Criticism, creation and experimentation in continuing education with educators, at the Rio Art Museum (MAR) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - GLEYCE KELLY HEITOR AND MARIA CLARA BOING (1) Educational coordinator, Escola do Olhar at Rio Art Museum, PhD, PUC-RJ; 2) Project Educator, Rio Art Museum, Brazil.


The action in new symbolic spaces inside and outside the museum - COLETIVO TRÁFICO LÍBRE DE CONOCIMIENTOS - Estrella Luna Muñoz, Mexico


16.00 - 16.30 - Coffee break


16.30 - 18.00 - 8. ROUND TABLE

Participants: Axel Stockburger, Hugo Canoilas, Paulo Mendes



Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado.

Rua Capelo 13, 1200-444 Lisboa


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