About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Publication: Changing Perspective

Globalisation has hit the art world as well as the economy and has changed perspectives up and down the line: artists, art markets, museums, academics, art critics and curators are being forced to revise their thinking and practice. Institutions for art, culture and history are in search of new ways to maintain their relevance in rapidly transforming and increasingly, culturally diverse societies. These issues form the subject of the essays in this volume. It departs from the conference ‘Collecting Without Borders’ (2009) – itself a product of collaboration among various institutions in the Netherlands – and focuses on Dutch museums. However, the questions and ideas posed in this book have bearing on similar developments in other Western countries, where institutions are likewise struggling to deal with changing situations. Changing Perspectives, with critical essays by experts from various disciplines, hopes to inspire the reader to develop his own position in the discourse on global art.

Contributors: Richard Appignanesi, Cas Bool, Jelle Bouwhuis, Derrick Chong, Wilfried van Damme, Paul Faber, Paul Goodwin, Mariska ter Horst, Edwin Jacobs, Meta Knol, Arjen Kok, Simon Njami, Georges Petitjean, Josien Pieterse, Tineke Reijnders, Janwillem Schrofer, Steven ten Thije, Leon Wainwright, Wouter Welling, Mirjam Westen, Kitty Zijlmans.

Museology /


Collecting without Borders
Ethnographic, historical and art museums in dialogue on collecting and presenting global art.


Mirjam Westen


Josien Pieterse

Director of Framer Framed

Mariska ter Horst

Art Historian, curator

Kitty Zijlmans


Wouter Welling

Curator, Publicist

Simon Njami

Independent Curator, Art Critic, Novelist, Essayist

Paul Faber

Curator, Author

Meta Knol

Director Museum De Lakenhal

Georges Petitjean


Edwin Jacobs

Director Centraal Museum