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06.02.20—19:00    Curatorial Lectures: Penelope Curtis Vandenhove Centre for Architecture and Art lecture

Please join us for the second Curatorial Lecture in the 2019-20 series on the theme of 'Working with Collections', by esteemed museum director, curator and scholar PENELOPE CURTIS entitled 'Working with Collections: A question of authenticity?'

Throughout her career Penelope Curtis has worked with collections, first at Tate Liverpool, then at the Henry Moore Institute, at Tate Britain, and now in Lisbon, at the Gulbenkian Museum. Working with collections does not usually bring into question the site-specific, but in the most recent show at the Gulbenkian, reconstructions of classic exhibition models of the post-war years exploit the local (non site-specific) collection. This talk will review this exhibition and the questions it raises, in contrast to more standard ways of working with collections.

Penelope Curtis is currently Director of the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Her most recent book (Yale, 2017) comes out of the Mellon lectures given at the National Gallery and at Yale in 2015, and is entitled 'Vertical, Horizontal, Closed, Open: Sculpture'. Other recent publications include essays on artistic legacy (Ridinghouse, 2018) and on trans-historical approaches (Valiz/Leuven, 2018).

Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University, Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts Ghent and Kunsthal Gent join forces for the prestigious Curatorial Lectures series, given by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. After 'Working with Artists' (2017-18) and 'Learning from Artists' (2018-19), this year's theme addresses the curatorial challenges of curating in the context of public and private collections.

Past speakers in the Curatorial Lectures series have included Mathieu Copeland, Anthony Huberman, Jean-Hubert Martin, Chus Martínez, Gabi Ngcobo, Susanne Pfeffer, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Adam Szymczyk.

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