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In the summer of 2017, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art held the outdoor exhibition Nature (Re)turns in the man-made landscape surrounding the museum. The exhibition was an experiment in how to “exhibit the Anthropocene” in several ways. It was a deliberate attempt to combine university-based science and museum curation; it sought to be an exhibition of the Anthropocene not merely in terms of narratives of loss, but also in terms of uninvited proliferation; and it sought to be a site-specific exhibition that used the anthropogenic landscape of the museum grounds as an optic for thinking about parallels and differences to a global Anthropocene. The exhibition was finally, a curatorial experiment combining the artworks by invited artists Nanna Debois Buhl and Tue Greenfort with info-boards and info-provocations along a path around the museum curated by museum staff. The paper engages questions like: How do we curate a hyperobject? Who do we curate for? What implicit moral economies inform an exhibition on the Anthropocene? And what are the relative places of science and art in such a project?
7 dec. 2017
Remaking the Museum: Curation, Conservation, and Care in Times of Ecological Upheaval