In Conversation about
‘Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum’
With Darren Pih, Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) present a public event to discuss the Tate exhibition ‘An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections’ with guest speakers Darren Pih, curator at Tate Liverpool and Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. The In Conversation event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
An Imagined Museum: You’ve arrived at Tate Liverpool in the future. All of the works of art on display are about to disappear, forever. Which works of art do you want to know by heart, committing them to memory so that your favourite piece lives on? The exhibition asks visitors to memorise the works to secure their future preservation. An Imagined Museum draws on Ray Bradbury’s 1953 sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451, a tale a distant future in which works of literature are banned and the only way to save them is to learn them by heart. The exhibition will culminate with an exciting final weekend when all of the artworks will ‘disappear’, leaving the gallery to be replaced by members of the public who will personally recollect the missing art works to become a ‘living museum’.
The Tate’s exhibition An Imagined Museum sees three major European art museums bring together over 60 major, post 1945 artworks from their prestigious galleries. On display will be works by Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley, Dorothea Tanning, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread and many more.
5.45pm Refreshments and Registration
6.30pm In Conversation
7.30pm Wine Reception and Networking
Darren Pih, Curator, TATE Liverpool. Darren has been part of the exhibitions team at Tate Liverpool since 2006. His curated exhibitions include ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ and ‘Gretchen Bender’ (2014-5), which ran concurrently and traced how artists from different generations have responded to the possibilities of mass media; commissions including ‘Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist’ (2014) with new works providing ‘twisted’ interpretations of mid-century Western figurative painting through the optic of Japanese Butoh; and ‘Moyra Davey: Hangmen of England’ (2013); ‘Glam! The Performance of Style’ (2013-4, touring to Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz) which traced the migration of performance and fine art ideas to the front face of popular culture and style in the 1970s; René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle’ (2011-2, touring to the Albertina, Vienna), a major exhibition emphasising Magritte’s influence on pop, neo-dada and conceptual art. Other exhibitions include ‘Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life, Vienna 1900’ (2008); and ‘Turner Prize ‘07’; and ‘Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde’ (2007). Darren has published numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and online, and is part of a small team curating the rolling programme of Tate collection displays. He previously worked at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and at Camden Arts Centre, London.
Deborah Kermode has been the Deputy Director at Ikon since 2011. After completing an MA in Museum Studies at Leicester University Debbie became curator at IKON Gallery where she developed the acclaimed Off-Site programme. Debbie then worked as Producer for Fierce! Festival, Birmingham Opera Company, RSC and Capsule bringing programmes as diverse as opera, live art and heavy metal music to younger audiences. More recently she was the Director of Bright Space, an arts education charity that delivered the Arts Council’s Creative Partnerships programme, developing cultural opportunities for young people. She is also on the board of Supersonic Festival.
Works to Know by Heart:
An Imagined Museum
20th Nov 2015 – 14th Feb 2016,
You’ve arrived at Tate Liverpool in the future. All of the works of art on display are about to disappear, forever. Which works of art do you want to know by heart, committing them to memory so that your favourite piece lives on?
An Imagined Museum: works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections sees three major European art museums bring together over 60 major, post 1945 artworks from their prestigious galleries. On display will be works by Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley, Dorothea Tanning, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread and many more. READ MORE…
In a new post on the Guardian website, Jonathan Jones writes, “This fantastical exhibition catapults us into the future – when civilisation is on the brink of collapse – and shows us how to save the world’s greatest artworks”
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