WITTOCX, Eva; DEMEESTER, Ann; CARPREAU, Peter; BÜHLER, Melanie; KARSKENS, Xander (eds.)
The Transhistorical Museum. Mapping the Field
Since the turn of this century, we have witnessed a significant expanse in the field of transhistorical exhibition practices. A range of curatorial efforts have emerged in which objects and artefacts from various periods and art-historical and cultural contexts are combined in display, in an effort to question and expand traditional museological notions such as chronology, context, and category. Such experiments in transcending art-historical boundaries can potentially result in both fresh insights into the workings of entrenched historical presumptions and provide a space to reassess interpretations of individual objects in relation to their contexts and narratives.
The Transhistorical Museum is divided into 3 parts: Terminology & Theoretical Horizon; Art & Time; Curatorial Strategies. [publisher's note]