Conferences & symposia
Here you will find information on upcoming and past conferences and symposia.
Upcoming conferences & symposia
Conference: Imagine Earth 8 & 9 June 2023
In connection with the research project Hydrologic sensibilities in fragile ecologies the museum will on the 8 and 9 June 2023 host the conference Imagine Earth. Read introduction below.
Imagine Earth will gather internationally prominent researchers, artists and young researchers related to the field of ecocriticism. It will take the form of a two-day conference held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art June 8-9 2023 in Humlebæk, Denmark. The conference is organized in a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
The purpose of Imagine Earth is to provide a forum for reflections on the urgent task of developing an aesthetics of the age commonly but also contestedly designated the Anthropocene, focusing in particular on imagining and imaging the earth, its processes and transformations in non-dominant ways.
The outcome of the conference will be published in an anthology. Lectures and performances will be recorded to be publicized via Louisiana Research on Vimeo.
Past conferences & symposia
Conference: The Politics & Poetics of Exhibiting 23 & 24 February 2023
In connection with the research project Whose Bildung? Renegotiating modern art museums through exhibition practices the museum on the 23 and 24 February 2023 hosted the conference The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting – Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions.
One of the central focus points of the conference was the role of exhibitions in transforming or revising the institution from within: Is it enough to exhibit critique or must the criticism also result in changed infrastructures and museum practices? If the museum’s collection is what distinguishes the art museum from other cultural institutions such as galleries, biennales, exhibition centers and so on, how can the “permanence” of museums and their collections be put in dialogue with the “urgency” of contemporary political and social issues? How do exhibitions respond to shifts in museal self-understandings, and are new approaches to exhibition-making relevant?
The conference seeked to explore the role and relevance of exhibitions as concrete, spatial arguments that lend themselves to deliberating new ideas about how the art museum could work as a public institution today. See all presentaions.
Conference: Itinerant Witnesses 28 January 2023
In connection with the research project Biopolitical Imaging the museum on 28 January 2023 hosted the conference Itinerant Witnesses.
This day-long conference drew lessons from itinerant witnessing. Bringing together feminist and environmental scholars who offered new notions of the human body as they tackle direct and indirect forms of violence, as well as artists/witnesses, and activists, the conference addressed both theoretical frameworks as well as attempted to translate some of Forensic Architecture’s methods to a local context and the struggle against violent European migration policies that keep itinerant lives at bay. In doing so the conference proposed witnessing as an activist practice and as a means to reframe accountability across human and environmental rights.
The conference followed the exhibition with Forensic Architecture on show at Louisiana 20 May – 23 October 2022. See all presentations from the conference.
Symposium: Archives & Art History 29 Sep. 2022
Inspired by The Nicolas and Elena Calas Archive, The Danish Institute in Athens and Louisiana hosted 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.
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 all 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.