International Conference: Curatorial Challenges

University of Copenhagen, May 26-27 2016

The exhibition is a primary site of cultural exchange; part spectacle, part socio-historical event, and part structuring device, exhibitions establish and administer meanings of art and cultural heritage. Temporary exhibitions increase in cultural importance, while the traditional role of museums as institutions of Bildung transforms—even museums with well known and established collections follow the call for ever changing exhibitions. Understanding the changing role of curating in this process calls for new research.

As exhibitions gain in importance, so do curatorial strategies: What constitutes the curatorial? What sort of knowledge is produced in and through curatorial strategies? How do curatorial strategies inform museums in contemporary society and what sort of conservative, or perhaps critical and transformative potentials can be traced in exhibition cultures?

The conference invites curators and academics from the interdisciplinary fields of art, cultural history, and museum studies in order to discuss the challenges of curating in contemporary society.

Key topics

•    exhibitions as a form of research
•    interventions: contemporary artists working with or within museums
•    participatory practices and strategies
•    curating within the changing role of museums as Bildung institutions





Organising Committee

Name Title Phone E-mail
Anne Folke Henningsen Associate Professor +4551299011 E-mail
Malene Vest Hansen Associate Professor +4535329291 E-mail

Anne Gregersen
PhD in Art History, postdoc

Research Network for Studies in the Curatorial


Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond


Malene Vest Hansen
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
University of Copenhagen