To Dream, to Collect



New York is pleased to announce an extraordinary curatorial project called The Keeper and curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Edlis Neeson. 

The Keeper is one of the biggest projects of the New Museum of New York merely dedicated to the act of keeping and preserving objects, artworks and other precious things. 

Although the last trend is the act of "decluttering" as the science of discarding the useless, the New Museum decided to go against the grain by presenting a remarkable exhibition focused on personal collecting and the passion of this unusual undertaking.

On the one hand, The Keeper reflects the human tendency to preserve both valueless and precious objects; on the other hand this extraordinary exhibition reveals the powerful role and responsibility of museums withing multiple economies of desire. 

The main installation of the exhibition is Partners (The Teddy Bear Project), 2002, which is a huge show by Ydessa Hendeles. Partners is a project composed by more than 3,000 family album photographs showing people with their teddy bears as metaphors for the comforting power of images and artworks. It highlights the symbiotic relation between people and their objects of affection. 

The entire exhibition is a multi-floor presentation telling the story of numerous individuals through the meaningful objects they desired to save, preserve and collect. There are rare stones from Roger Caillois’s collection, collaged scrapbooks burst by Shinro Ohtake or abstract paintings by Hilma af Klint. At the same time, the aim of this collection is to testify, through a visual anthology of objects, some ancient artifacts and historical events.   

To conlcude, The Keeper, the New Museum’s latest major multi-floor exhibition, presents the tragic, ironic and curious aspects of modern iconophilia.



The Keeper, 20 July-25 September, New Museum, 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002




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