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Academy: Learning from Art/Learning from the Museum


Learning from Art / Learning from the Museum

09/15 - 11/26/2006

"Academy" is an international series of exhibitions and projects initiated by Siemens Arts Program and realised in cooperation with the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College in London, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

"Academy" wishes to prompt reflections on the potential of the academy within society. It places itself amid the speculative tensions resulting from the questions of "what one needs to know" and "what one can aspire to bring forth". Academy should be approached as a space that generates vital principles and activities, which can be taken and continued as a mode of lifelong learning.

In spring 2005, the Kunstverein in Hamburg reflected on the situation of students and teachers at art schools in the exhibition entitled "cademy. Teaching and Learning Art". This exhibition – together with its in part processual artworks and the accompanying lecture series – referred directly to the original meaning of "academy" as a forum for exchanging ideas and for open, informal gatherings, and examined the issue of institutionalised art education and communication.

In September 2006, the series will be continued at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen and at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. These two contemporaneous approaches are devoted to two different aspects of the same subject – albeit aspects that mutually determine and complement one another, and which are closely linked with the institution of the museum and its educational potential.

Academy. Learning from Art
September 15 – November 26, 2006
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium

Academy. Learning from the Museum
September 16 – November 26, 2006
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Artists Antwerp
Uli Aigner; Herman Asselberghs, Dieter Lesage & Ina Wudtke; Dockx & Mast; Jimmie Durham; Gelitin; Johanna Kandl; Mary Kelly; Modulator; Lia Perjovschi; Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto; Raqs Media Collective; Apolonija Šušteršič; Jo‘lle Tuerlinckx; et al.

Contributors Eindhoven
Irit Rogoff & Deepa Naik; Anselm Franke, John Palmesino & Eyal Weizman; Jan Gerber, Susanna Lang, Sebastian Lütgert & Florian Schneider; Liam Gillick & Edgar Schmitz; Janna Graham, Valeria Graziano & Susan Kelly; Jean-Paul Martinon & Rob Stone; Mårten Spångberg & Bojana Cvejić; et al.

Bart De Baere & Dieter Roelstraete (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen), Charles Esche & Kerstin Niemann (Van Abbemuseum), Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths College), and Angelika Nollert (Siemens Arts Program)

Further information and Press:
Siemens Arts Program