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Exposer l’art contemporain depuis les années 1960 : les statuts et les rôles des commissaires d’exposition

Abstract : Exhibitions are at the centre of contemporary art activities. With the rise of the art market, the advent of fairs and biennials, the modernization of existing museums and the establishment of new places, exhibition curators are increasingly playing an important role in contemporary art. My research dissertation in the second year of a master's degree aims to analyse the statutes and roles of contemporary art curators on the artistic territory. It concludes that the curatorial professions are now experiencing a phase of professionalization and structuration. This work is multifaceted and depends on the institution and their mission. Versatility is the hard core of their curatorial activity. Thus, the barriers to entry into curatorial practices do not exist. Nevertheless, the major inequalities of remuneration, the difficulty to be paid for and lack of subsidies are the main obstacles to the activity. Characterized by social poly-identities, curators of contemporary art are overwhelmingly multi-active in the artistic and cultural fields, with four main profiles: museum professionals, independent curators, curators-critics and curators-artists. As an intermediary, they facilitate the translation and mediation of the artwork to the public. In addition, they also play an important role in a territorial development policy. Artists' friends, they contribute to the professionalization and mobility of artists in the art market through exhibition. This research opens the door, not only to present more precisely the current situation of curators, but also to discover their roles and status in the field of contemporary art. Research on curatorial professions allowed me to develop some fundamental ideas to study political constraints to curatorial activities. So I hope, in my future research, to analyse it more deeply at global level.
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Mengzhen He. Exposer l’art contemporain depuis les années 1960 : les statuts et les rôles des commissaires d’exposition. Art et histoire de l'art. 2018. ⟨dumas-02169781⟩



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