Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum is a major research project focused on recent and contemporary artworks that challenge the practices of the museum. It contributes to theory and practice in collection care, curation and museum management.
The project started in June 2018 and was due to end on 30 June 2021, but due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic it has been extended to December 2022 to allow time for the remaining project publications, finalisation of audience research, and a conference. Registration is now open for Reshaping the Collectible: Learning Through Change, which will be held online on 14, 15 and 16 September 2022.
Reshaping the Collectible is grounded in six studies focused on works in the Tate collection: works that unfold over time and exist in multiple forms; works that challenge the boundaries between artwork, record and archive, and rely on complex networks of people, skills and technologies outside of the museum.
At the heart of this initiative is a desire to open up the museum and provide a generous invitation to Tate’s public, making visible the invisible lives of artworks as they unfold within, and in dialogue with, the museum.
We are adding material to the website as it becomes ready for publication. Further texts are forthcoming, and the next grouping will be on the study of ‘When Archives and Records Live in the Museum’.
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