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Wesley Meuris, Display Kit for Portrait Statues - 40 Meaningful Curators of Contemporary Art, 2012. Installation in situ. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, Museum Kiosk for Camera Services - Take the perfect shot in front of your favourite artwork, after your visit at the museum you leave with the unique souvenir, 2008. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, The World's Most Important Artists, 2009-2012. © Eric Chenal.

12.5 — 2.9.2012

Wesley Meuris : R-05.Q-IP.0001

artist(s): Wesley Meuris
curator(s): Kevin Muhlen

For several years the work of the artist Wesley Meuris (who was born in 1977 and lives and works in Belgium) has concerned constructed and rationalized environments such as archives or enclosures for animals in zoos. His first big solo exhibition, R-05.Q-IP.0001, focuses on exhibition spaces. Through drawings, diagrams, texts, models and full-scale sculptures and installations, Wesley Meuris provides an analysis of standard systems of exhibition presentation and presents a reflection on the museographical space.

By definition, museography means "all the technical notions required for the presentation and correct conservation of artworks in museums." (Larousse). Thus the display norms of artefacts or art objects respond to a series of devices (plinths, display cases, modules, etc) required for the correct presentation of the object which, at the same time, orient the movement of the public. Wesley Meuris uses these museographical principles as the basis of his work while radically changing the rules of the game: to do so he disregards the exhibited object - in other words, the content - highlighting the surroundings, which become the real subject of his work.

Straight away, the artist plunges the visitor into the codified universe of the exhibition, with an entirely redesigned reception area. Although this space is denuded of content (as are all the devices which mark out the exhibition route), its function remains clearly identifiable. Thus, from room to room, there is a succession of display cases and empty plinths in a spartan aesthetic. The title of the exhibition, which is presented in the form of a code - R-05.Q-IP.0001, is a logical response to this standardized system.

However, it would be reductive to solely assimilate the ideas of Wesley Meuris with the museographic approach. Indeed, the latter allows him to enlarge the field of his discourse to include more general themes like the communication surroun­ding an exhibition or even the phenomenon of "spectacularization" of museum institutions. In recent years, museums having slipped towards a form of public entertainment, the success of which is solely measured in terms of attendance. A process is therefore established which, like a circular system in which entertainment leads to knowledge and vice versa, is conditioned by this interdependence.

 

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Wesley Meuris, Display Kit for Portrait Statues - 40 Meaningful Curators of Contemporary Art, 2012. Installation in situ. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, Museum Kiosk for Camera Services - Take the perfect shot in front of your favourite artwork, after your visit at the museum you leave with the unique souvenir, 2008. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, The World's Most Important Artists, 2009-2012. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, Compare two magnificent pieces of the collection, 2012. Installation in situ. © Eric Chenal.

Wesley Meuris, Vision Restored, 2012. © Eric Chenal.