Chris Dercon Tate Modern

Chris Dercon. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo

The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that it will be host over the next week to Chris Dercon, director of London’s Tate Modern, the most visited contemporary art museum in the world. He will be at the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) and the MNH (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre) to participate in the fourth edition of Los Encuentros Denkbilder, an initiative to consider the role of museums in contemporary society. The series of events is supported by the Tenerife Cabildo, the Canarian Government, and the University of La Laguna.

There will be a “conversation” at TEA on Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm, between Dercon and curator Roc Laseca, discussing a new model of experimental work designed to reinforce the relationship between local art and its external presentation, a relationship grounded in the constant search for new and meaningful ways to display art, and in the function and purpose of museums per se in the 21st century. On the 28th, in the MNH, Dercon will chair workshops and discussion groups on “The Future of Museums”, aimed at artists, curators, critics, museologists and the general public .

Cabildo Museums councillor Amaya Conde said that the Denkbilder Meetings are “an opportunity for education and development of Tenerife’s cultural fabric, as well as offering a unique chance to contact, come together and work with leading international-level experts in art, museology, cultural management, etc, and to do so here in Tenerife”. Entry to all activities is free, though Friday’s workshop needs prior registration on the official website –, where the full range of activities is detailed.

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