"Is the age of blockbuster exhibitions and biennials over now?"

6 April 2021

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"Is the age of blockbuster exhibitions and biennials over now? Will it also end the industrial level of international tourism, and museums being part of this tourist infrastructure with this downward turn in tourism and international travel? Changing this model would lead to a better experience of art for the public."

Jeremy Deller, Artist, London, and panelist at CIMAM's first online session Sustainability and Environmental Change in Museum Practice.

Jeremy Deller (b. 1966 in London; lives and works in London) studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Sussex University. Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his work ‘Memory Bucket’ and represented Britain in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He has been producing projects over the past two decades which have influenced the conventional map of contemporary art. He began making artworks in the early 1990s, often showing them outside conventional galleries.

Deller has exhibited extensively worldwide with selected solo exhibitions including: ‘Wir haben die Schnauze voll’, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2020); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); ‘The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular’, ‘English Magic’, British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013), touring to William Morris Gallery, London; ‘Joy in People’, Hayward Gallery, London (2012), ‘It Is What It Is: New Museum, New York (2009), ‘Procession’, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009); ‘Folk Archive’ with Alan Kane Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Barbican Art Gallery, London (2004); and ‘Unconvention’, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff (1999).

Deller has curated numerous projects including: ‘Iggy Pop Life Class’, Brooklyn Museum (2016); ‘Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol’, Modern Art Oxford (2014); and ‘All That is Solid Melts Into Air’, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2014).

Sustainability and Environmental Change in Museum Practice

The workshop took place on Thursday 25 March 2021.

  • Desirée Blomberg, Manager, Exhibition Coordination & Loans, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
  • Jeremy Deller, Artist, London.
  • Rachel Kent, Head of International Touring Exhibitions, Tate Modern, London.
  • Caitlin Southwick, Director of Ki Culture, Secretary of ICOM Sustainability Group, and CEO and Founder of Sustainability in Conservation, London.

Moderated by Rhana Devenport, Director, Art Gallery of Southern Australia.

Hosted by CIMAM’s Sustainability and Ecology Working Group, this workshop provides an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, colleagues and allies who are championing new and innovative ways of responding to climate and ecological emergencies.

Relevant to both individuals and institutions working in the contemporary art museum sector the session aims to share best practices and foster collaboration across our community.

Watch the workshop recording at CIMAM's only member section.