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»Dansmaskiner - från Léger till Kraftwerk«, Moderna Museet 22 januari - 27 April 2014 och »Sleeping Beauties - Drömmar och kostymer«, Dansmuseet 2014
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2015 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 84, no 3, 200-204 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

While exploring similar themes and materials from the Dansmuseet collection, the two exhibitions are arranged in clearly divergent ways. Taking place in separate institutions, out of different intentions, the exhibitions express themselves in forms whose distinctive features highlight questions concerning the relations between exhibition and viewer. In this review, I am therefore interested not only in the curatorial differences of the two exhibitions, but also in what the differences does to the spectator. Despite the dance theme the exhibition at Moderna museet restrains the movements of the spectators, while the spectator at Dansmuseet is invited to touch and move around more freely in the rooms. This could be understood in relation to the reductive modernist exhibition ideal of the white cube, as described by Brian O'Doherty. Should the viewer be nothing but a viewer, or should she or he participate in more interactive ways? And, further, do questions like this have implications for other contextual matters, such as gender? Despite the radical appearance of the Dansmuseet exhibition, one might wonder which one of the exhibitions that show most awareness of such contextual matters.

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2015. Vol. 84, no 3, 200-204 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28723DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2015.1012116ISI: 000363317000005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84945461673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-28723DiVA: diva2:875445
Available from: 2015-12-01 Created: 2015-11-12 Last updated: 2016-01-18Bibliographically approved

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