Activities/Who Owns the Artwork?


14 May Event

Who Owns the Artwork?
Photo: Peter Cox
Seminar in relation to FREE SOL LEWITT by SUPERFLEX Friday 14 May 2010, 10.15 am – 04.30 pm atVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

What are the differences between intellectual copyrights and physical ownership? What are the possibilities and difficulties brought to bear by copyright and creative commons licenses? What does it mean for a museum to ‘own’ an artwork? What kinds of models for artists’ contracts already exist or could be proposed?
Questions like these will be the focus of the English-spoken seminar Who Owns the Artwork?, organised by the Van Abbemuseum on Friday 14 May.

The speakers
Christiane Berndes is curator and head of collections of the Van Abbemuseum and co-curator of In-between Minimalisms.
Daniel McClean is a London-based curator and lawyer, editor of The Trials of Art (2007) and co-curator of In- between Minimalisms.
SUPERFLEX is a Danish artist collective consisting of Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, and co-curators of In-between Minimalisms.
Sven Lütticken is an art historian, at the VU University Amsterdam and contributor to Appropriation (2003).
Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz is professor of Intellectual Property Law and director of the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam.
Martha Bushkirk is an art historian and professor at the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, as well as author of The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (2003).
Pierre Leguillon is an artist who has developed projects as a curator and critic since the beginning of the 1990s.
Charles Esche is the director of the Van Abbemuseum.
Achim Borkhardt-Hume is chief curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Florian Schneider is advising researcher of Design / Imaginary Property, at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.
Maria Eichhorn, is an artist and the author of The Artist’s Contract (2007).
Seth Siegelaub is formerly a curator, art dealer and co- drafter of The Artist’s Contract (1971).

In this seminar participants examine and discuss issues relating to authorship, copyright, and the ownership of artworks arising from the project FREE SOL LEWITT by the Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX. In this project, which is part of the exhibition In-between Minimalisms, SUPERFLEX tests propositions made by Minimalist and Conceptual artists during the sixties and seventies. The collective exposes the tension between the distribution and exchange of information and the restrictions placed on this by copyright law and the economic system that it protects. During the seminar, professionals from the art world and the field of copyright law will address – in the widest sense – what is owned and by whom once the artwork has been transferred. Participation is free, registration via the website is required.

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