Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museums

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2018
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Margaret Tali
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This book analyzes practices of collecting in European art museums from 1989 to the present, arguing that museums actualize absence both consciously and unconsciously, while misrepresentation is an outcome of the absent perspectives and voices of minority community members which are rarely considered in relation to contemporary art. Difficult knowledge is proposed as a way of dealing with absence productively.
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1.The Presence of Joseph Beuys and the Struggle Over his Legacy in Berlin
2.Absencing and Presencing in Exhibition Narratives
3.Collectors' Space and the Agents of Narration
4.The Ludwig Collection in Budapest and the Absent Eastern Europe
5.Interrogating the Archival Logic
6. Archival Absence
Afterword: Turning Absence into Difficult Knowledge
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