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. What role do visual arts and museums play in our society, and what role might they play

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From the difference between nightclubs and museums, to the
(im-)possible ambitions of art and the fading distinction between high and low culture. From the carefully constructed ambience of orderliness and luxury in airports, to the question of whether art can develop symbols that express the values that bind us today. A series of thought-provoking essays on a diverse range of subjects serve as the catalyst for the underlying question: what role do the visual arts and museums play in our society? And what role might they play?
Rutger Wolfson’s premise is that museums must re-establish their legitimacy and engage in a more explicit relationship with society. The unassailable position long enjoyed by art is no longer self-evident, and thus the authority of the museum has come under pressure. This stimulating volume initiates a fundamental discussion on the current artistic climate. In This is the Flow, the museum is redefined: no longer primarily as a place for art and artists, but as a space for ideas. more
Rutger Wolfson studied art and culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 1996 to 1999 he was curator of Witte de With in Rotterdam. He became director of the Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg (De Vleeshal) in 2000, where he left in the summer of 2008 to be full-time director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Wolfson compiled and introduced the anthologies Kunst in crisis (‘Art in Crisis’, 2003), Nieuwe symbolen voor Nederland (‘New Symbols for the Netherlands’, 2005), and he published the essay Het museum als plek voor ideeën (‘The Museum as a Space for Ideas’, 2007). Wolfson is renowned for the exhibitions he organized (Vleeshal, Witte de With) about the boundaries of the visual arts and other art forms. more
Authors: Guus Beumer (director Marres and NAI Maastricht), Cornel Bierens (art critc, writer), Valentijn Byvanck (director Zeeuws Museum), Edwin Carels (filmmaker, curator), Chris Darke (film critic), Bregtje van der Haak (documentary filmmaker, writer), Bas Heijne (critic, writer, tv presenter), Anna Tilroe (critic, writer, artistic director Sonsbeek 10, 2008), Rutger Wolfson back
This is the Flow. The Museum as a Space for Ideas
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