#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#36: We support production separately.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#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|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#111: Do it together.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#40: Follow the artist|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#34: We pay artists.|#119: Be a space of production.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#28: Make Contracts.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#61: No all male install teams.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#4: Pay what you can.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#36: We support production separately.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#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|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#111: Do it together.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#40: Follow the artist|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#34: We pay artists.|#119: Be a space of production.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#28: Make Contracts.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#61: No all male install teams.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#4: Pay what you can.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|
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Kunsthal Gent wil experimenteren met nieuwe manieren van omgaan met kunstwerken en kunstenaars en ging daarvoor onder andere in het najaar van 2018 in gesprek met de Amerikaanse tentoonstellingsmaker Prem Krishnamurthy. Zijn radicale voorstel om alle tentoonstellingen permanent te maken, wordt in Kunsthal Gent op zijn haalbaarheid getest.

In de programmalijn Endless Exhibition worden curatoren en kunstenaars uitgenodigd om een toevoeging te ontwikkelen aan een tentoonstelling zonder einddatum. Nieuwe toevoegingen zorgen steeds voor druk op de bestaande situatie. Het gesprek over hoe het nieuwe zich tot het bestaande werk verhoudt, is daardoor steeds ook een gesprek met alle betrokken kunstenaars. Deze aanpak stelt de autonomie en de ‘onaanraakbaarheid’ van afzonderlijke, afgewerkte kunstwerken in vraag.

In Krishnamurthy’s eigen woorden uit een notitie van 1999: “[Principe] 5: terugkeer van het project — het project zou nooit klaar moeten zijn — het zou altijd moeten uitnodigen tot toevoegingen, heroverwegingen, opnieuw contextualiseren.”

Meer info over de Endless Exhibition