Writing Exhibitions/Exhibiting Literature: An Imaginary European Museum

Tate

Cooperation Projects

England

2014

Total project grant (euros)

200,000

Percentage of budget funded

13

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EAC/S16/2013

Project date

1 Oct 2015 - 30 Jun 2017

Number of partners in project

3

Lead organisation

Tate

Partners

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Germany;

Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Tate Liverpool, MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst and Centre Pompidou-Metz will create a new approach to sharing works from three iconic national collections with as wide an audience as possible. The partners will share their collections to create a meta-collection, which arguably becomes the best in the world through the sum of its parts. The project partners will co-curate an exhibition, which travels between the three venues and involves the transnational circulation of 100+ artworks from our three collections. A digital resource will be developed that enables the public to curate their own imagined exhibition, alongside a highly engaging public and learning programme. The project will conceive a collaborative dialogue, which investigates and celebrates European identity and weaves together a more universal European history. As we commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, it is a timely project that explores how European institutions can share research, experience, knowledge and collections. It will also explore what it means to have major collections such as these in metropolitan centres outside of European capital cities. The project takes the concept of Writing Exhibitions/Exhibiting Literature as the overarching theme for the project. It aim to test the relationship between the read and the seen, between visual art and literature, and how it can shape the way exhibition practice and literature develop in the future. The project will span two and a half years and embed this collaboration across teams. The partners have ideas for future collaborations beyond 2017: sustaining the partnership, and sharing best practice with other organisations, will be an enduring legacy of this project. As part of an innovative audience development strategy, they will invite audiences to be co-creators: they will reach 200,000 people in-gallery and 400,000 online, and involve the public in creating new texts and forms of digital and in-gallery interpretation.

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