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Introduction

ByAMY JANE BARNES

The section begins with Roger Sansi’s examination of exhibition strategies in two Spanish art museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He argues that these two institutions demonstrate the diversity of contemporary art museums, by utilising contrasting, but relatively successful, interpretive strategies to conceptual art. However, Sansi puts forward a third, more participatory possibility – a relational museum which engages the audience in the production of artwork, forging a middle ground between the museum as spectacle and the museum as archive. In this respect, his chapter provides a neat bridge between this section and Chubb’s exploration of interstitial space at the close of Part II. But it also serves to set up the overarching narrative of the remainder of this part of the book, by thinking about objects in relation to people – those being represented, and those being represented to.