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CALL FOR PAPERS: Artpool 40 – Active Archives and Art Networks

Conference and Symposium
February 20–21, 2020
Artpool Art Research Center, Central European Research Institute of Art History – Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

The international conference and symposium celebrates the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Artpool and its concurrent relocation to the Central European Research Institute of Art History at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.
It aims to map the cultural-political-historical contexts of Artpool's activity by bringing together scholars and practitioners interested in transnational research on artist archives, progressive curatorial and museological practices, and the historiography of Cold War art scenes and networks.

The conference takes Artpool’s 1979 concept of an ‘Active Archive’ as a starting point to explore its contemporary interpretations and applications, and its similarities with and differences from other artist archives. As Artpool’s founder György Galántai puts it, an active archive “generates the very material to be archived” through calls for participation, co-operation, exchange, and building of non-hierarchical networks, as well as through combining art historical and artistic methodologies of research. An active archive is future-oriented and employs a dynamic approach to history “as an open artwork and as activist artistic practice”. The main activity of Artpool to this day is conducting non-medium specific research into the role of art in ever changing social and political contexts.

In this spirit, we invite scholars and practitioners to propose new museological, curatorial, academic, or artistic perspectives and methodologies that allow the consideration of archival practice as a creative and active form of researching art and artistic visions of the future.

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»How much Bauhaus is in documenta? Seeking traces«

The first Virtual Exhibition of the documenta archiv is online! It explores the question in which way Bauhaus concepts have inscribed themselves in the documenta idea.

The Virtual Exhibition follows indications as to the extent to which the first four documenta exhibitions referred to the Bauhaus or were influenced by it. The most important actors, the institutions involved, the exhibited works, the appreciation of art and the visual appearance of the documenta are examined. In addition to vivid illustrations, numerous impressive features, cross-references and background information enrich the narratives.

You are very welcome to visit www.documenta-bauhaus.de/en/ to take a closer look.

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Archive of Fine Arts on european-art.net

In August 2019, the Archive of Fine Arts in Prague has joined european-art.net.

The Archive of Fine Arts collects materials on contemporary arts, primarily Czech and Slovak visual arts. The processing of documents and information is developed, implemented and operated on the freely accessible database system - abART.

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