The art and culture of the 1960s had high aesthetic and political stakes, but less well known is the decade’s ambiguous and conflicted relation to modernism. Independent curator and art historian Lars Bang Larsen reflects on this struggle of a more philosophical but no less radical nature.
Lars Bang Larsen is a professor at the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva, and a research fellow at the University of Copenhagen, where he also received his PhD in art history. He has curated and co-curated group exhibitions, including A History of Irritated Material (Raven Row, London, 2010) and Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits (MUMA, Melbourne, 2015). He is co-curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016). Larsen’s books include The Model: Palle Nielsen’s “A Model for a Qualitative Society” (1968) (MACBA, 2010), and Networks (MIT Press, 2014).