Kunstmuseum aan zee Collecties van
de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Stad Oostende


Valéry Proust Museum/ White Cube Fever

Valéry Proust Museum/White Cube Fever is not a regular group show  or thematic exhibition, but an environment composed of selected works by a range of artists from different periods. Avoiding art historical and thematic selection criteria, the exhibition is based on the idea of the inevitable disappearance of the work of art in the empty spaces of the museum.

Curator Camiel van Winkel has taken German philosopher Th.W. Adorno’s 1953 essay ‘Valéry Proust Museum’ as the point of departure. Adorno bases his discussion of the problematic nature of the museum as an institution on texts by French authors Marcel Proust and Paul Valéry. Van Winkel extends Adorno’s analysis to the contemporary situation, creating an exhibition that can be seen as a defence of the ‘white cube’.

The exhibition includes work by Josef Albers, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Frits Van den Berghe, Cosima von Bonin, Dirk Braeckman, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Arnoud Holleman, Craigie Horsfield, Ekaterina Kaplunova, Hélène Keil, Raoul De Keyser, Alvin Lucier, Pol Mara, Willem Oorebeek, L.A. Raeven, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, Berend Strik, Paul Thek.

Between the artist who vacates the work, and the viewer who believes that the work must address someone else, a tangible gap opens up. Valéry Proust Museum/White Cube Fever exploits the emotional potential of this gap.

This project is the result of a collaboration between the Research Group of Visual art at AKV|St.Joost (Avans University of Applied Sciences, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Breda), Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, and Mu.ZEE in Ostend.

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26/11/2011 - 05/02/2012
€7 single adult
€5 55+, groups ≥15 pp
€1 13-26 years old
Gratis up to 12 years

Guide :€60