On Thursday 16 March, director of M HKA, Antwerp, Bart de Baere joined curator and writer Charles Esche for the thirteenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible for them.
For this event, de Baere and Esche discussed ‘This is the show and the show is many things’, an exhibition that took place at S.M.A.K, Ghent in 1994, alongside related events. Variously described as a ‘fun palace’, a ‘warehouse’ and a ‘wasteland’, this quasi-mythical exhibition brought to the fore a new wave of artists and an innovative format, incorporating dance to debates; opening up the space of process, relational capacity and whimsy.
This event is a collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London. It is part of the Exhibition Histories research and publication project, developed by Afterall and published in association with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
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