CFP: Collecting: modus operandi (Lisbon, 14-16 Feb 19)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Lisbon
February 14 – 16, 2019

Deadline: Mar 15, 2018

In 2019 the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Art Library will have been open for 50 years. Gulbenkian is well known as Mr 5%, who wanted ‘only the best’, but this conference seeks to go beyond the biographical, or the anecdote, and to consider Gulbenkian in the light of his wider context. We particularly seek papers which reflect new research into the ways in which collectors worked, their networks, and their relationship with their collection, its accessibility and its future. We welcome papers which go beyond single-case studies of individual owners, seeking instead more transversal studies into how collectors worked and how they reflected the period in which they lived. We also hope to cast new light on the collecting of non-Western materials, especially the decorative arts of the Middle East.  Researchers with specific need of the Gulbenkian archives may be awarded financial support to make this possible. Continue reading “CFP: Collecting: modus operandi (Lisbon, 14-16 Feb 19)”