The monographic factor: theoretical and architectural aspects of single-artist museums

Doctoral dissertation Maarten Liefooghe

Museums dedicated to one artist are globally spreading but reflection on monographic museums is limited. In this doctoral research Maarten Liefooghe makes an ideal typical mapping of the factor that makes single-artist museums differ from ‘the art museum’ and defines the institutional stakes in their museum architecture. ‘The Monographic Factor: Theoretical and Architectural Aspects of Single-Artist Museums’ develops three perspectives. A first part investigates the monographic approach(es) with the notion of the oeuvre, the myths of artisthood and the paradox of monographic approaches after the critiques of authorship.

Part two looks at single-artist museums as hybrid institutions with aspects of the art museum, the person’s memorial, and the archive, three institutional modes that overlap and become impure. Part three treats the cases of Musée Gustave Moreau, Museo Morandi, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Andy Warhol Museum and Magritte Museum, and Kirchner Museum and Roger Raveelmuseum.


Doctoral student: Maarten Liefooghe 
Supervisors: prof. Bart Verschaffel and prof. Wouter Davidts

Examination Board:
prof. Patrick De Baets, voorzitter
prof. Bart Verschaffel, promotor, UGent - vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw (EA01)
prof. Wouter Davidts, promotor, UGent - vakgroep Kunst-, Muziek- en Theaterwetenschappen (LW17)
prof. Fredie Floré, secretaris, UGent - vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw (EA01)
prof. Steven Jacobs, UGent - vakgroep Kunst-, Muziek- en Theaterwetenschappen (LW17)
dr. Rachel Esner, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Nederland
prof. Frederik Leen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel en Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussel
prof. Maarten Delbeke, UGent - vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw (EA01)
prof. Koen De Bosschere, UGent - vakgroep Elektronica en Informatiesystemen (EA06)
prof. Michael Astroh, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Duitsland

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