The new work Public Collection by Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici wants to address the context of the public museum. It approaches art history from the inception of the museum as an institution that archives, historicizes, collects cultural items and reflects on society. The focus of the work is the idea of a material collection that functions as the cornerstone for the essence of the museum. Other important elements are the use of enactment as a strategy in an attempt to claim history, to descale or to demonumentalize while simultaneously actualizing significant artworks and events using only a few human bodies. The new work exists both in alliance and in tension with their reference.
Public Collection uses similar strategies as previous works, such as the Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale or Just Pompidou It. A Retrospective of Centre Pompidou. In the former, for example, a group of performers depicted the history of the Biennial in an empty pavilion.
CONCEPT Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus | PERFORMERS Beniamin Boar, Rolando Matsangos, Maria Mora, Cristian Nanculescu, Cristina Toma | CO-PRODUCTION Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M - Museum), Leuven, Centre Pompidou-Metz & If I Can’t Dance Amsterdam.