The Archaeologist, the Artist and the Curator


There are many surprising parallels between the contemporary archaeologist and the contemporary artist. Both, for example, are concerned with making hidden things visible. The object that the archaeologist unearths was hitherto invisible. One could even say that it did not previously exist as such: the found fragment, the shard of pottery, the damaged or broken utensil, is corroded by the soil in which it lay. Time has engraved its inevitable traces. The artist in turn creates something that did not exist before, thereby revealing what was previously invisible.

The Walking Conversation in the exhibition The Materiality of the Invisible at Marres on Wednesday evening 18 October is about these and other affinities between art and archaeology.

With: Miguel John Versluys (Professor of Classical & Mediterranean Archaeology, Leiden University), Matthew Wilson (artist, NEARCH), Martin Westwood (artist,NEARCH), Lex ter Braak and Huib Haye van der Werf (curators of the exhibition)

Location: Marres, Capucijnenstraat 98
Date: Wednesday 18 October
Time: 7 – 8.30 PM
Free entrance with a valid entrance ticket


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