The Museum as Arena – Artists on Institutional Critique

As the central element of power in the cultural economy of modernism, the museum has become the artists’ subject of reflection and a target of their criticism. In response to the »death of the museum« (representing an old world and a bastion against the progressive and new) which was proclaimed well into the 1970’s, the museum itself showed an unfamiliar liveliness. Contemporary artists analyse the production of meaning and value, mechanisms of exclusion and the clash of interests, and pay particular attention to the structural and functional changes of these increasingly dynamic cultural institutions.

Edited by Kunsthaus Bregenz, Edelbert Köb, and Christian Kravagna
Texts by Allan Kaprow, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler et al.
Graphic design by Büro für konkrete Gestaltung, Clemens Schedler
German / English
Softcover with flaps, 16.5 x 21 cm, 314 pages
January 2001