Research

The ambition to make information about the Art in the City collection accessible to the public and art professionals, gives rise to a focus on research, debate and reflection.

Art in the City is also a platform for generating and distributing knowledge concerning artworks in the city and questions about art in public space. The main formats for achieving this are interviews with artists, talks, symposia, archive presentations and hybrid exhibition formats.

An important part of the research-driven way of working are thematic research projects, in which a specific aspect or piece of the Art in the City collection is considered more closely. The inclusion of multiple approaches and a combination of both artistic and academic perspectives are essential to all our research projects.

Art in the City administers ever-expanding archives that contain important information on the collection and its history: historical pictures, official documents concerning acquisitions and decisions, correspondence with artists and museum staff, catalogues, newspaper clippings, etc. Inventorising these archives and making them accessible, both physically and digitally, is a long-term project to which we shall devote ourselves in the years to come.

For questions on the Art in the City archives you can e-mail kunstindestad@antwerpen.be.

Symposium
cancelled
A symposium on colonial monuments gathering scholars, artists and cultural workers to reflect upon historical attitudes, healing gestures, artists’ responses, and institutional choices.
On 9 June 2020, a statue of King Leopold II (1835-1909) was removed from the public space of Ekeren, Antwerp, where it had stood since 1873. Its removal was a highly charged occurrence and led to numerous questions being addressed at the museum. The below text contains the answer to some of those questions.