From private to public. Issues and strategies in the presentation of private collections of modern and contemporary art in public institutions

From private to public. Issues and strategies in the presentation of private collections of modern and contemporary art in public institutions
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Musée de Grenoble

Organized within the framework of the exhibition Giorgio Morandi. Luigi Magnani’s collection at the Musée de Grenoble (December 12, 2020 – April 18, 2021), this one-day conference aims to bring together recent reflections about strategies for the presentation of private collections of contemporary art (20th-21th centuries) in French and international museums and private institutions. The hatching of temporary exhibitions or permanent hangings devoted to private collections constituted by famous or less-known personalities in international collecting is a recent phenomenon that is increasingly on trend.
Indeed, the attention paid to collectors’ figures not only reveals an awareness of their inescapable role in the artistic systems of any era, but also calls into question the chronological and thematic approach often adopted during exhibitions.
In order to stimulate reflection on these themes, this day aims to encourage a dialogue between art historians and curators. Its purpose will be to have an exchange on methodological and research issues in the reconstitution of a private collection, as well as on the practical constraints of its restitution in terms of displaying in a museum.

The conference will be attended by James Bradburne (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan), Katrhyn Brown (Loughborough University, UK), Nathalie Moureau (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3), Gwendoline Corthier (MO.CO., Montpellier, ENS, Paris), Isabella Seniuta (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris), Talia Kwartler (University College, London), Veronica Locatelli (Università degli Studi di Udine), Morgan Labar (ENS, Paris), Kerttu Männiste (Art Museum of Estonia). 

The official languages of the conference will be English and French.

Direction: Alice Ensabella (Université Grenobles-Alpes), Paula Barreiro Lopez (Université Grenobles-Alpes) and Sophie Bernard (Musée de Grenoble)  

This seminari is organized by the Laboratoire de Recherche historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA) of the Université Grenoble Alpes in partnership with the Musée de Grenoble and in dialogue with the MO.CO – Montpellier and the research project Decentralized Modernities: Art, Politics and Counterculture in the Transatlantic Axis during the Cold War (HAR2017-82755-P).
Image: Salle des Morandi, résidence Luigi Magnani