Bart De Baere
Okwui Enwezor
Andrea Fraser
Enrique Juncosa
Susan Pearce
Carey Young

Investigating paradigms in museum practice,
papers will be presented by six international
speakers as listed above.

IMMA International Symposium
12 & 13th November 2008

Museum 21 Symposium
Institution Idea Practice

Museum 21: Institution Idea Practice is an international symposium which investigates new perspectives on the role and function of public galleries and museums in the 21st century by exploring their key challenges, frictions and possibilities. Artists, Curators and Historians are invited to address both a retrospective and a prospective consideration of the role of galleries and museums, as informed by past and present contemporary art and practice. The overarching theme of the symposium traces the historic function of the museum, in particular the impact of institutional critique in the 1960's and early 1970's and questions how best galleries and museums can maintain their relevance and legitimacy in the contemporary world.

Museum 21 Symposium Itinerary

Wednesday 12 November 2008
6.00 - 8.00pm, IMMA


Delegates are invited to register and collect their complimentary delegate packs in the main reception of IMMA. You will be welcomed by our mediator team who can inform you about what IMMA has to offer that evening and provide details about the following day’s proceedings. To launch Museum21 Symposium, IMMA opens its main galleries from 6.00 - 8.00pm where a wine reception will be served followed by opening speeches. From 7.00 - 8.00pm visit open studios of resident artists.

Wine Reception and Launch:
Museum21 International symposium 2008 will be officially launched at 6.45pm with opening speeches by IMMA’s director Enrique Juncosa and Okwui Enwezor in IMMA’s main reception.

Open Exhibitions:
East Wing Galleries: In Praise of Shadows
This group exhibition focuses on shadows, shadow theatre and silhouettes, based on old and contemporary folk tales and simple narratives. The exhibition centres mainly around three artists; Jockum Nordstrum (Sweden), Kara Walker (USA) and William Kentridge (South Africa). East Wing Galleries: Willie McKeown. This exhibition comprises some 50 abstract paintings, a series of water-colours on paper and a collection of coloured pencil drawings of flowers and plants by William McKeown, one of Ireland’s most highly regarded artists.West Wing Galleries: Exquisite Corpse. Exquisite Corpse is an exhibition of 17 works from IMMA’s Collection that seeks to reveal a variety of perspectives on the Collection and to present the viewpoints of individuals from a broad spectrum of the arts including Dawn Ades, Gerald Barry, Aileen Corkery, Barrie Cooke, Michael Craig-Martin, Mark Garry, Deirdre Horgan, Jaki Irvine, Tony Magennis, Lisa Moran, Frances Morris, Colm Tóibín and Mick Wilson. West Wing Galleries: The Process Room
Features a new work by an IMMA Artists Residency Programme participant Ulrich Vogl.

Open Studios:Artists on Residence, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Studio 3A: Sean Lynch (Ireland). Studio 3B: Filip Van Dingenen (Belgium). Studio 6A: Tea Mäkipää (Finland). Studio 11: Ulrich Vogl (Germany). Studio 12: Charlotte Moth (UK). Studio 13: Fergus Byrne (Ireland). Studio 14: Rhona Byrne (Ireland).

Thursday 13 November 2008
North Range, IMMA

9.15am Tea and Coffee*: Chapel

9.40am: Great Hall
Welcome and introduction: Sophie Byrne (Talk & Lectures, IMMA)

9.45am: Great Hall
Chairperson’s Address: Siún Hanrahan

10.00 - 10.40am: Great Hall
Presentation: Collecting is Immaterial: Bart de Baere

10.40 - 11.10am: Great Hall
Presentation: Collecting the New: Susan Pearce

11.10 - 11.3Oam: Great Hall
Open Conversation: Collecting for a Museum in the 21st Century
Chairperson Siún Hanrahan invites Bart de Baere to join Susan Pearce for a joint Q&A session and open conversation around strategies for collecting by museums in the 21st century..

11.30am Coffee Break*: Chapel

12.00 - 12.45pm: Great Hall
Presentation: In Praise of Ambivalence: Andrea Fraser
(12.45 - 1.00pm: Q&A Siún Hanrahan and Andrea Fraser)

1.00 - 2.00pm Hot Lunch*: Chapel

2.00 - 2.30pm: Great Hall
Presentation: Artists’ Talk: Carey Young
(2.30 - 2.40pm: Q&A Siún Hanrahan and Carey Young)

2.40 – 3.00pm: Great Hall
Open Conversation: Artists and the Museum
Chairperson Siún Hanrahan invites Andrea Fraser, Carey Young and Susan Pearce for an open conversation about the role of artists within the museum..

3.00 – 3.45pm: Great Hall
Presentation: Politics of Spectacle: The 7th Gwangju Biennale and the Asian Century: Okwui Enwezor
(3.45 - 4.00pm: Q&A Siún Hanrahan and Okwui Enwezor)

4.00pm Coffee Break*: Chapel

4.30 - 5.00pm: Great Hall
Presentation: 2666 The IMMA Model: Enrique Juncosa

5.00 - 5.35pm: Great Hall
Closing Response: Kevin Atherton
This session concludes by a closing discussion with Kevin Atherton and panelists: Andrea Fraser, Susan Pearce, Carey Young, Enrique Juncosa and Okwui Enwezor.

5.35pm Wine Reception and Canapés: Chapel

Please note there maybe a 5–10 minute discrepancy in the times scheduled

*The following art works by resident artists are on view in the Great Hall during coffee and lunch breaks (programmed as part of Museum21: International Symposium 2008):
Concrete Abstractions: Falke Pisano Live lecture, dvd 25 mins, 2005
A lecture about the history and various aspects of abstraction in general and abstract public sculptures in particular, with specific attention paid to the development of new forms of abstraction and the position of abstract public sculptures as autonomous objects.
The Wrestlers: Fergus Byrne, dvd 07:39mins, 2007
The Wrestlers, a statue by Giovanni Piamontini, is part of the Milltown Gift of the National Gallery of Ireland. It is the subject of a project in which martial artists and dancers emulate the pose of the statue, consider its physical and historical origins, and play out how the piece might continue to move if it were not a statue.

Exploring the wider notion of the museum as institution, idea and practice some of the following questions arise: 'What is the point' of a museum in the 21st century? Should museums compete against or be creative with alternatives to the mega exhibitions of Biennales and Art Fairs? How can galleries and museums best serve a mobilised multicultural public? Has the need to attract audience and funding made the artistic or intellectual credibility of galleries and museums questionable? To what extent is the self-reflexive institution generating new conditions for collaboration and interpretation? Are public galleries and museums still the main sites for cultural innovation and the reception of contemporary art?