Upcoming conferences & symposia

  • Symposium: Archives & Art History 29 Sep. 2022

    Inspired by The Nicolas and Elena Calas Archive, The Danish Institute in Athens and Louisiana invite to a symposium about archives and archival material.

    The Calas Archive, that came to Louisiana in 1990 as a gift from Greek-American poet and art critic Nicolas Calas and his wife Elena Calas, is today located at Nordic Library in Athens with public access. Letters, manuscripts, photos and personal papers here intermingle with drawings, sketches and poems from international artists such as Jacqueline Lamba, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Joyce Mansour and Takis.

    Read more and book your seat.

  • Conference: The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting 23 & 24 Feb. 2023

    Save the date. In connection with the research project Whose Bildung? Renegotiating modern art museums through exhibition practices the museum will on the 23 and 24 February in 2023 host the conference The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting – A Conference on Rethinking the Art Museum as Public Institution in the 21st Century. Read introduction below.

    The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting
    – A Conference on Rethinking the Art Museum as Public Institution in the 21st Century

    The Western art-historical canon – and the institutions that manage this tradition – are currently being challenged and renegotiated in the light of new perspectives, voices and societal conditions, and ideas about the art museum’s role and relevance as a public institution in the 21st century are rapidly changing.

    What role can exhibitions play in rethinking, questioning and revising the ‘blind spots’ of museum institutions and their own collections through practice? Can exhibitions and exhibition-making function as areas where the institution’s own socio-political, aesthetic and economic paradigms are challenged and even reformu-lated? If so, what are the possibilities and limitations of such a practice, and how does it play out differently among institutional actors?

    The conference seeks to explore the role and relevance of exhibitions as concrete, spatial arguments that lend themselves to deliberations on new ideas about how the art museum could work as a public institution today.

Past conferences & symposia

  • Gender & Feminism 17 & 18 Nov. 2021

    The research project Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1900-1960 at the University of Copenhagen invited in collaboration with Louisiana and the European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum art historians, curators, critics and artists to contribute with research, dialogue and debates to this two-day conference 17 and 18 November 2021 under the title Fast Forward! Women in European Art, 1970-Present. See presentations.

  • Marsden Hartley symposium 6 Dec. 2019

    In connection with the extensive, retrospective exhibition Marsden Hartley – The Earth is all I Know of Wonder, Louisiana had in collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art, invited five leading researchers from Europe and the United States, who shared their unique perspective on an unusual and unique artist.

    With the title Roads to Marsden Hartley, the symposium sought to unfold the artist’s multifaceted production through a series of contributions. The contributors were: Professor Rachael Z. DeLue, Princeton University; Professor Pascal Rousseau, INHA, Sorbonne; Dr. Edyta Frelik, Department of American Literature and Culture, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University; Professor Jacob Wamberg, Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture – Art History; Jonathan D. Katz, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania. Read more on the exhibition.

  • Globalism in postwar art

    The international two-day symposium, Multiple Modernisms, brought together current research in global modernism after 1945. In the presentations, which can be seen online via link below, researchers and curators present new insights into the nature of modernism and the post-war period as an important historical horizon for today’s art world. See all presentations.

  • The 21 Century Art Museums

    What is the art museum’s particular potential as a research institution? The two-day conference presented a wide range of innovative exhibition projects, that unite academic research, artistic practice and the wider public. See all presentations.