Permanent Loan
Permanent Loan

Project Projects was invited by the Museum of Art and Design to participate in After the Museum, an exhibition and event series that encouraged speculation on how the role of arts institutions may evolve in the future. “Permanent Loan” proposed an alternative model for the distribution, curation, and presentation of artworks as a commentary upon the increasingly digital age, and the new collaborative approaches that such technologies may enable.

The installation takes as its main provocation the idea of a “Museum of Reproductions,” which can be traced at least as far back as the writings of Aby Warburg, Otto Neurath, and Andrew Malraux, each of whom conceived of modes of viewing art that would democratize and even revolutionize the experience.

An unorthodox selection of works from online museum collections, including Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Tate, are reproduced as black-and-white digital outputs and 3D-printed objects in an arrangement of metaphorical affinities, suggesting a more associative curatorial practice for the future.

2013