#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#36: We support production separately.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#61: No all male install teams.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#36: We support production separately.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#61: No all male install teams.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|
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Opening: 25.01.2019 – 00:00

25.01—∞

Exhibition

Prem Krishnamurthy:
Endless Exhibition

Endless Exhibition, 2018 – ∞
Materials and dimensions variable
Duration: forever

Endless Exhibition is a curatorial-manifesto-as-artwork by Prem Krishnamurthy. Building on his long work as a designer, writer, exhibition maker, and founder of P!—the “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle” that first existed in New York City from 2012–2017—the artwork surveys the overproduction, mass consumption, and fleeting attention span of the contemporary art world. To redefine the stakes of exhibition making, Endless Exhibition proposes a simple temporal play: starting today, every exhibition, art fair, and biennial mounted should be permanent, remaining on view forever.

A performative, polymorphic work—incarnated in texts, images, PDF presentations, lectures, publications, audio and video documentation, contractual agreements, and even whole exhibition programs and institutional formats—Endless Exhibition poses timely questions of space, waste, labor, and future histories. At the same time, it challenges the supposed autonomy of discrete artworks, fulfilling, in Krishnamurthy’s own words from a 1999 notebook entry, “[Principle] 5: reappearance of the project—the project should never be ‘done’—it should always invite addition, rethinking, recontextualizing…”

In 2019, Kunsthal Gent acquired the piece as part of its inaugural institutional framework, “Kunsthal as City.” In this context, it accrues layers of architecture and programming to construct an ongoing archaeology. Instantiating itself over time, Endless Exhibition rehearses new approaches to changing the global art ecosystem by rewriting its rules.

Prem Krishnamurthy is based in Berlin and New York. He is a partner and director of the multidisciplinary design practice Wkshps. Previously, he was a founder of the design studio Project Projects, winner of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award. He serves as co-Artistic Director of FRONT International 2021, the contemporary art triennial in Cleveland and Northern Ohio. As an independent exhibition maker, he was an Artistic Director of the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, Ministry of Graphic Design, and has curated exhibitions internationally including at P!, the acclaimed "Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle" that he founded in New York’s Chinatown in 2012. He has written for numerous catalogues and magazines and has edited books with Berkeley Art Museum, Cabinet Books, Duke University Press, Paper Monument, and others. His first book, the experimental memoir/monograph/manifesto, P!DF, was published by O-R-G in 2017.

Prem Krishnamurthy:
Endless Exhibition

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