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Authors:Stuart Burch: School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Publication title:Museum Landscapes: Zoning in on A Complex Cultural Field
Conference:NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:005
Abstract:This article takes up Lars Nittve’s assertion that museums are akin to ’zones’ and operate as ’hub[s] in a complex cultural field’. The paper begins with Tate Modern; the museum Nittve led before moving to his current post as director of Moderna Museet. This; Sweden’s national collection of contemporary art; is discussed in the light of current cultural politics in Sweden and Norway. The main focus of the paper is an analysis of the exhibition ’Robert Rauschenberg: Combines’; which toured New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Centre Pompidou; Paris before concluding at Moderna Museet in May 2007. One of its key works was Rauschenberg’s seminal composition; Monogram (1955-9). This particular ’Combine’ is used as a means of con­structing an ’institutional critique’ of Moderna Museet. In addition to the role of Lars Nittve; particular attention is paid to his predecessor; Pontus Hultén (1924-2006). Hultén was responsible for acquiring Rauschenberg’s Monogram for Moderna Museet in 1964. That this most ’American’ of artworks has; it is argued; become a Swedish icon says much about the societal function of museums as well as the mutability of national identity and cultural heritage.

All views expressed in this article are the author’s alone and are not endorsed by any of the people or institutions mentioned. Any errors of fact are solely the responsibility of the author. Finally; it is instructive to point out that this text was completed without prior knowledge of a special double issue of Konsthistorisk tidskrift (Journal of Art History) published in early 2007 (vol. 76; nos. 1–2). Entitled ’Rauschenberg and Sweden’ it contains a wealth of information of direct relevance to the present work. The interested reader is therefore strongly recommended to consult this important publication.

No. of pages:19
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Stuart Burch (2007). Museum Landscapes: Zoning in on A Complex Cultural Field, NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden;article=005 (accessed 2/12/2016)