AICA-UK Annual Lecture 2013: Professor Dawn Ades CBE FBA, ‘How Contemporary Practices Engage with the History of Art’

Tate Britain 
5 December 2013

Exhibitions usually dedicated to contemporary art, such as Manifesta and the Venice Biennale, have recently included swathes of historical material. The Deep of the Modern (Manifesta 9, held in Genk, Belgium, in 2012), and the Encyclopaedic Palace (Venice Biennale, 2013) in different ways made the complexity of the workings of art and culture in history central to the displays. Surrealism in particular, which always had a different attitude to its precursors and to producers outside the mainstream of modernism, has been widely revisited by artists and by curators. In this talk Ades will reflect on her experience as an art historian and curator and defend exhibitions as potential forces within the modern world.

Dawn Ades is a foremost art historian who has curated some of the most important international exhibitions on dada and surrealism, as well as on art, film and photography in Latin America. She was Associate Curator of Manifesta 9 and is working on an exhibition on Hannah Hoch. Dawn Ades’s Collected Writings have been published by Ridinghouse, London.

Listen below to an audio recording of Ades’ s lecture:

Professor Dawn Ades CBE FBA – AICA UK Annual Lecture on Vimeo.