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The Transhistorical Museum: Mapping the Field

Exhibition overview 'Conversation Piece V', Frans Hals Museum 2013. Glenn Brown meets Hendrick Goltzius & Maerten van Heemskerck

The Transhistorical Museum: Mapping the Field

Since the turn of this century, we have witnessed a significant expanse in the field of transhistorical exhibition practices. A range of curatorial efforts have emerged in which objects and artefacts from various periods and art historical and cultural contexts are combined in display, in an effort to question and expand traditional museological notions like chronology, context, and category. Such experiments in transcending art historical boundaries can potentially result in both fresh insights into the workings of entrenched historical presumptions, and provide a space to reassess interpretations of individual objects in relation to their contexts and narratives.

The Transhistorical Museum: Mapping the Field


The anthology, which is part of the long-term research project on transhistoricity initiated by M-Museum, Leuven en the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, charts the territory for the transhistorical by bringing together contributions by leading scholars, curators and museum professionals of the field. It looks at the concepts that undergird the transhistorical, describes the theoretical horizon it relates to and illuminates the practical applications it has fostered. As such, it provides the grounds for further research and practical applications. The publication is for sale in our museum shop, but you can also order it here.



On Wednesday 23 May the book release of ‘The Transhistorical Museum. Mapping the Field’ takes place at Spui 25, academic-cultural centre at Spui 25-27 in Amsterdam. On the occasion of the launch of the anthology Mieke Bal, Ann Demeester, Hanneke Grootenboer and Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes will engage in a panel discussion on the “transhistorical”, moderated by Melanie Bühler. Entrance is free.

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Exhibition overview 'Conversation Piece V', Frans Hals Museum 2013. Glenn Brown meets Hendrick Goltzius & Maerten van Heemskerck


Eva Wittocx, Ann Demeester, Peter Carpreau, Melanie Bühler, Xander Karskens

Contributions by
Mieke Bal, Melanie Bühler, Peter Carpreau, Bice Curiger, Penelope Curtis, Ann Demeester, Olga Fernández López, Hendrik Folkerts, Hanneke Grootenboer, Maria Iñigo Clavo, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Jean-Hubert Martin, Ruth Noack, Alexander Nagel, Nicola Setari, Jasper Sharp, Abigail Winograd, Eva Wittocx

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
M-Museum, Leuven

ISBN-number: 978-94-92095-52-7
Ca. 280 pp, English, May 2018

Sam de Groot

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