A never-ending story: The gendered art museum revisited

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For years the unequal acquisition of artworks by female artists compared to male artists has been debated within the art museum world. This article argues that the quest for parity might overshadow theoretical implications. Firstly, the handful of museums which were investigated in a Danish report from 2005 is revisited; this report documented that 80 % of the artworks acquired in the period 1983-2003 were produced by male artists. The revisit shows that the plain conclusions haven't changed considerably. Next, the article examines the question of staff at Danish art museums. This indicates a majority of female agents. Last, the article argues that a declared parity in acquisition policy simplifies questions on gender and diversity. Instead, lack of parity should be considered a point of attention, which might have reasonable explanations, but, nevertheless, can be addressed by both a critique of ”art value” and a focus on gender mainstreaming
Translated title of the contributionEn uendelig historie: Det kønnede kunstmuseum genbesøgt
Original languageEnglish
JournalMuseum Management and Curatorship
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)349-368
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

Bibliographical note

This article is a substantial revised and expanded version of my article, "Med kønnet på museum. Skævhed i museernes indkønspolitik", in: 100 års øjeblikke. Kvindelige kunstneres samfund, ed. by Glahn and Poulsen, Kvindelige Kunstneres Samfund and Forlaget Saxo, 2014

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