Uses of the archive in exhibition practices of contemporary art institutions


Gul Durukan S. N. , Tezcan Akmehmet K.

ARCHIVES AND RECORDS-THE JOURNAL OF THE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION, vol.42, no.2, pp.131-148, 2021 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/23257962.2020.1770709
  • Journal Name: ARCHIVES AND RECORDS-THE JOURNAL OF THE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, FRANCIS, Periodicals Index Online, American History and Life, EBSCO Education Source, Historical Abstracts, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-148
  • Keywords: Contemporary art, archive-based art exhibitions, art institutions, L'nternationale
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

One area of increasing interest in contemporary art is the reconsideration and reinterpretation of archives to convey historical knowledge based on memory through exhibitions, organized by institutions. The aim of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of how and why contemporary art institutions use archives in their exhibition practices. Six art institutions, which are members of L'Internationale, were sampled. Data from research demonstrated that contemporary art institutions organize archive-based art exhibitions to reinterpret the widely-known history; to reveal the lesser-known history; to fill in the gaps between artist, artwork, and institution; as a result of artists` archives and archive-based artworks and as an output of their research function. The paper argues that archive-based exhibitions provide a foundation for the new institutional activities and alternative interpretations out of the canonical history of art.