DE TILLY, A. Re-exhibition of Installations, 2005

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Master thesis on the re-exhibition of installations

Student: Ariane Noël de Tilly

Title: Quelques installations réexposées
University: Université de Montréal
Date: August 2005
Language: French

This thesis lies within the scope of studies interested in the problems of contemporary art preservation and more specifically in the aspects of reexhibition. The goal was to question the importance of the artist’s implication in the reexhibition and documentation process. With this aim in view, we examined artworks of Quebecer artists, carried out interviews and documented every exhibition of some of their installations. As point of departure, the first chapter proposes a review of the literature on reexhibition. The second chapter examines BGL’s Perdu dans la nature (1998), a work sold in two transactions and modified in a few occasions by the artists. The third chapter studies the different manifestations of Serge Murphy’s Le Jardin de mon curé (1998), an installation made of a large variety of objects. The last chapter focuses on the video installation Paperwork (2003) realized by Manon De Pauw with a technology that may be soon obsolete. These works have been selected for their different materiality (wood, objects of everyday life, digital video) and because they are part of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s collection. In the end, using a few interviews carried out with mediators, we conclude that the acquisition of the three installations by the museum has not contributed to fix them into a single mode of presentation.


Thesis is present at Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) / Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, Amsterdam. Contact: