Art Institutions of the 21st Century

The Report explores the function of art institutions in the 21st century, with an eye to highlighting the blurring of roles between the different components of the art ecosystem, e.g. public and private museums, educational organisations and commercial galleries. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please send us an email at Price is £35.00 for the digital version and £65.00 for the limited edition hard copy.

Summary of Key Concepts:

Chapter 1. Impact of Technology on Institutions discusses the challenges presented by the Information Age and the Post-medium Condition. These influence the structure of art institutions from the perspective of display, architecture and economic sustainability, whilst questioning the traditional understanding of collection, conservation, archive, education and, not least, curation. 

Chapter 2 Artists, Institutions and Markets analyses the nature of the relationships between the key proponents of the art field, tackling issues such as diversity and hierarchy, collaboration, professionalisation, networks and communities.

Chapter 3 Art Institutions in Transition investigates the evolution of art organisations generated by globalisation and changing economies. Key notions within this section are: global market and brands, the public and private sector, and power, politics and philanthropy. 

Ultimately, the Manifesto for Art Institutions of the 21st Century presents a series of thought-provoking and ambitious statements, which summarise the key aspects of the think tank Media in the Expanded Field, occurred at Fundación Casa Wabi, Mexico, in July 2016. 

Participants in the think tank:

Douglas Coupland, Novelist, Visual Artist, Vancouver, Canada.

Beryl Graham, Research Professor, University of Sunderland. 

Hanna Hölling, Art Historian and Conservation Scholar, University College London.

Doris Krystof, Curator, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. 

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, Installation and Video Artists, Seoul, South Korea. 

Petra Lange-Berndt, Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Hamburg University. 

Miriam La Rosa, Researcher, Museologist and Independent Curator, London. 

Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research at Tate, London. 

Li Zhenhua, Writer, Curator, Artist, Zurich, Shanghai and Beijing. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Media Artist, Montreal. 

Sebastien Montabonel, Curator, Publisher, and Founder Montabonel & Partners, London. 

Jane Morris, Editor at Large, The Art Newspaper, London. 

Nicolas de Oliveira, Writer, Curator, Head of Curatorial Studies, London Metropolitan University.

Nicola Oxley, Writer and Curator, London.

Benjamin Weil, Artistic Director Centro Botín, Santander.

Further contributors to MEF Site: 

David Price, Artist and Writer.

Domenico Quaranta, Contemporary Art Critic, Curator and Artistic Director, Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age, Brescia.

Nuno Faleiro Rodrigues, Lecturer of Critical Studies, Escola Superior Artística do Porto and Fellow Researcher, Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo.

Mariana Roquette Teixeira, PhD Researcher, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Nayia Yiakoumaki, Curator Archive Gallery & Project Manager Neon Curatorial Exchange and Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London.