Rijksakademie Public Programme #4 - Sabeth Buchmann

Please join us on Thursday 25 April from 18:00 - 19:30 for a lecture with art historian and art critic Sabeth Buchmann: 'Subjects Put to the Test: Learning Exercises in Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practices'

Doors open at 17:45, tickets are available here.


This talk will take up a common problem posed by many contemporary artists and curators: How can art acquire meaning beyond exclusive norms and institutional boundaries? For some time now, this question has been answered with [performative] concepts such as ‘experiment’, ‘improvisation’, and ‘rehearsal’. These concepts suggest something other than what has always been known, first of all in the sense of unexpected events that allow for trying something new together. Focusing on anti-normative and spontaneous enactments of self-learning micro-publics, the lecture will look at the implications of these performative practices and their consequences for common notions, distinctions, and evaluations of artistic and curatorial practice.

Sabeth Buchmann is an art historian and critic. She is Professor of Modern and Postmodern Art and Head of the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She recently co-edited (with Ilse Lafer and Constanze Ruhm) the volume Putting Rehearsals to the Test.

This lecture is part of the Rijksakademie Public Programme, developed in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and initiated by art historian and critic Sven Lütticken who teaches art history and art criticism at the Vrije Universiteit.