On March, 13th, 14th and 15th 2014, the three-day Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art symposium was held at the Stedelijk Museum and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. In addition to 24 sessions, in which more than 80 International papers were presented, there were also public lectures and panel discussions, including Thinking Globally: Museums, Art and Ethnography after the Global Turn. Participants in this discussion included scholars Jette Sandahl, James Clifford and Pamela M. Lee, and artists Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Kader Attia. The moderator was Leon Wainwright. The Stedelijk Museum asked young writers to report on the evening from their own personal perspectives.
Yesterday evening saw the kick-off of the three day conference Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art, which the Stedelijk Museum initiated and organized in collaboration with ASCA/ACGS at the University of Amsterdam, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Folkwang Museum Essen, and the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam.
On 13, 14 and 15 March, 2014, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam’s School for Cultural Analysis ASCA/ACGS, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Museum Folkwang in Essen and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum organized the conference Collecting Geographies — Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art. At the conference, a diverse selection of speakers will examine pertinent issues in the relationships between art institutes, globalization and the postcolonial discourse. One of the sessions will be devoted to the pioneering and controversial exhibition, Magiciens de la Terre, which opened 25 years ago at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Here, in this blog, cultural scientist Liza Swaying takes a closer look at the controversial heritage of this seminal exhibition in the light of the recent publication of Making Art Global (Part 2): ‘Magiciens de la Terre’, 1989.