Manuel Pelmuş – artist talk

Conversation between Sarah Lookofsky and artist Manuel Pelmuș about Permanent Collection, an ongoing series of actions that explores the possibility of a performative permanent collection at museums.


Sky Room

Permanent Collection at MUNCH is a new work with five dancers by the artist Manuel Pelmuș. In the purpose-built gallery dedicated to Edvard Munch’s monumental works, five dancers explore alternative ways of displaying artworks and building collections, and question whose stories get given a permanent place. The dancers enact famous and lesser-known artworks through movement with emphasis on those that deal with solidarity and togetherness. The ongoing action explores ways in which histories of solidarity can become a part of a new, movement-based permanent collection at MUNCH.

Tickets to this event is free, but please note that you need to buy regular entrance tickets in addition. 

The conversation will be held in English.

Manuel Pelmuş was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1974, and is currently a research fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts Oslo (KHIO) with the project Permanent Collection. In 2012, Pelmus was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts, and in 2013 he represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale with a collaboration with Alexandra Pirici. His work has been shown at Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and the Van Abbe museum, among others.

Sarah Lookofsky is dean of the Academy of Fine Art (KHiO).