• 29 August 2017

The Paul Mellon Centre will be collaborating with Afterall, Asia Art Archive and the Tate Research Centre: Asia for a session at the forthcoming annual Association for Art History (AAH) conference at the Courtauld Institute and King's College London in April 2018.

What does it mean to practise exhibition histories rather than art history? How are distinct disciplines drawn on, alongside or in contrast to art history when the focus lies on art gaining its public moment through the lens of ‘Asia’ (or ‘East Asia’, ’Southeast Asia’, ‘South Asia’, ‘Central Asia’, etc.)? Asia through Exhibition Histories will invite reflection on the methodological issues and theoretical implications of both exhibiting 'Asia' and of analysing such past shows now.

While regional showcase exhibitions – presented both in Asia and elsewhere across the globe – are an obvious topic for appraisal in this context, we also welcome papers considering initiatives that have not explicitly taken on that role but have instead emerged over time as regionally influential. To take two examples from the 1990s, ‘Cities on the Move’ would be one obvious case-study, while 'Chiang Mai Social Installation’ might be significant in a different manner.

For more information and details on how to submit a proposal please click here.

Image: Film Pageant, 2000, painted banner, oil on canvas, 305 x 1220, Balkrishna Art. Exhibition installation shot: 'Century City' (Tate Modern, 2001) © Tate photography

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