Seminar and Panel Discussion
Sabeth Buchmann
Curator versus Art History versus Art Criticism

Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Heimo Zobernig, exhibition view, Lumiar Cité, 2015

Heimo Zobernig, exhibition view, Lumiar Cité, 2015

The recent development of curatorship as a museological practice, as well as its affirmation as an autonomous field of research, has brought important transformations to the practices, methodologies and models of both Art History and Art Criticism. It is not a confron- tation or an opposition, but a transformation of the configuration of the territories of each of these disciplines.
These deferrals have established an understanding of art that helped charge the art exhibition with ethical and political values beyond distinct notions of the aesthetic and the nonaesthetic. The fact that the integration of critique in the form of guides, wall texts, panel discussions and screenings, have long raised debates about the art exhibition’s shift from the aesthetic to the didactic, lets us ask about the current legitimization of “common goods” (Tyzlik-Carver) within the expanding network between artistic/ curatorial, discursive/academic, and participatory/political projects. One popular strategy is rhetoric as “learning from.../unlearning” (see e.g. the current documenta) and “test run” (see Latour) referring to the uncertainties and insecurities of the global crisis that demands new methods and concepts.
The displacement of curatorial practices from a focus on the ideas of style, authorship and historical period, to a broader political and expanded idea of exhibition, has consequences that must be identified and discussed. Transformations are verified not only in the need to redefine the different fields of the disciplines dedicated to the visual arts, but also to revise the idea of museum, art and artist.

Sabeth Buchmann is an art historian and critic who lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. She is Professor of History of Modern and Postmodern Art at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). Together with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel, and Susanne Leeb she co-edits PoLyPen, a series on art criticism and political theory, published by b books, Berlin). Recent publications include: Putting Rehearsals to the Test. Practices of Rehearsal in Fine Arts, Film. Theater, Theory, and Politics (co-ed. with Ilse Lafer and Constanze Ruhm, 2016); Textile Theorien der Moderne. Alois Riegl in der Kunstkritik (ed. with Rike Frank, 2015); Hélio Oiticica, Neville D’Almeida and others: Block-Experiments in Cosmococa (with Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, 2013); Film Avantgarde Biopolitik (ed. with Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene, 2009); Denken gegen das Denken. Produktion – Technologie – Subjektivität bei Sol LeWitt, Yvonne Rainer und Hélio Oiticica (2007); Art After Conceptual Art (ed. with Alexander Alberrro, 2006).

Monday (29.05.) 17h–19h, Tuesday (30.05.) 14h30–18h30, Wednesday (31.05.) 11h–14h

Panel Discussion
with Sabeth Buchmann, Joana Cunha Leal and João Ribas, moderated by Jürgen Bock, Wednesday (31.05.) 18h

Auditorium Goethe-Institut Portugal
Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 37, 1169-016 Lisbon


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.


Kerstin Stakemeier
(Un)Romantic Sex
11h–13h, 14h–17h


Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 31.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Ana Jotta
05.03. – 31.07.2022

14.05 | 17h Guided tour and conversation

with the artist

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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