The Museum and Its Discontents - Discomforting Histories and Experiences in the Art Museum

Project: Research

Project Details


Danish artists and curators have increasingly started working with the museum, its collections and history as something problematic or even distressful. Institutional critique is not new, but in a Danish context, it is new that museums initiate artistic and curatorial interventions as a tool to reconsider the museum's societal role. Especially the Danish and European colonial history is in focus these years. This project will investigate how the art museum can navigate in a frame where it has to offer good and pleasant experiences to the public and at the same time can and will work with discomfort.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Mads Øvlisen PhD-scholarship
Effective start/end date01/09/201704/02/2022