Museum Show Part 2 brings back 11 semi-fictional institutions to Arnolfini Bristol

By Mark Sheerin | 04 January 2012
Colour photo of a museum-like display in a gallery with green walls
The Museum of American Art, Installation shot, Arnolfini (2011)© Jamie Woodley
Exhibition: Museum Show Part 2, Arnolfini, Bristol, until February 19 2012

Arnolfini's exhaustive survey of the world of artists' museums returns for part two with 11 new provisional institutions all under the one gallery roof.

But as before, many of the participants are used to working with limited space. In a former time, Vicente Razo held his Museo Salinas in his bathroom in Mexico. But reports suggest that, even so, the magic word Museum still drew some crowds.

Elsewhere, the same artist has been drawn to the possibility of a meta-museum. 50 years of American art is a show held by the Museum of American Art, whose sole purview appears to be the export of modern art from the US in the 20th century.

And at least one museum, by Hu Xiangqian, has no material existence at all. The Arnolfini is instead showing a series of films in which the Chinese artist attempts to describe the experimental exhibits housed in this fictional place.

The show runs until mid February but, sadly, if you missed the preview it is too late to attend Tom Marioni's alcoholic Museum of Conceptual Art. The West Coast artist has been known to state that the highest form of art is drinking beer with friends.

Drinking in one museum is forgiveable, but drinking in a dozen on the same night?

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