in collaboration with
JAMES TAYLOR GALLERY
As part of:
The Deptford Maritime Museum", an installation by the Museum Clausum, shows a selection of remarkable objects reflecting on
Deptford’s historical link to England ’s maritime history. On display will be an eclectic collection of relics, that tell surprising stories of
private, personal as well as local, national and international significance.
The Museum Clausum is a project by artist and collector, Klaus Wehner. The name is adopted from Sir Thomas Browne’s
seventeenth-century pamphlet, Musaeum Clausum, which is a written inventory of a fantasy collection of objects and books,
produced by Browne as an ironic comment on the Renaissance craze of assembling collections and producing wunderkammern. It
is hence an early artistic and personal comment on the artificiality of museum-type display and knowledge. Wehner’s Museum
Clausum, continues this project to reflect on our relationship to objects and museum and exhibition culture in general. The Museum
Clausum has no fixed location and its aim is to stage temporary exhibitions in co-operation with different host institutions. A future
project is a collaboration between Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Royal College of Surgeon’s Hunterian Museum for the project
Museum Clausum, Autopsia in 2010. For futher information visit: http://www.museumclausum.org
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About Klaus Wehner and the Museum Clausum:
Museums have formed the main focus point of my artistic practice for many years and as part of this work I operate as a museum institution myself, the Museum
Clausum. This name is a reference to a seventeenth-century pamphlet by Sir Thomas Browne, the Musaeum Clausum, which is a written inventory of a fantasy
collection of objects and books, produced by Browne as an ironic comment on the Renaissance craze of assembling collections and producing wunderkammern. It is
hence an early artistic and personal comment on the artificiality of museum-type display and knowledge. It is the intention of my modern day Museum Clausum to
continue this project, mainly in collaboration with host institutions who, in turn, are being put on display by the Museum Clausum. Within Museum Clausum projects, I
act as ‘collector’ or ‘curator’ and one declared aim is to bring to attention the relative artificiality of notions such as making art as opposed to collecting, curating and the
according classifications of artefacts and their installation.
The museum is also the theme of my practical and theoretical research towards a practice-led PhD in Visual Arts, at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Summarised very shortly, my writing focuses on the way objects are staged in any exhibition context and my investigation focuses on the tension between objects’
materiality and the viewer’s visual perception of staged objects. The Museum Clausum, Deptford, part of Deptford X in 2007 was the first successful Museum
Clausum project, which reflected on the value of objects as relics both in a museum but also in a domestic context.
A future project of the Museum Clausum will be a joint exhibition between Sir John Soane’s and the Hunterian Museum in London in 2010.
Some samples of my work can be seen at www.klauswehner.co.uk and also www.museumclausum.org.
since 2006 PhD candidate, Visual Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London
1998 MA Photography, London College of Printing.
1996 BA Photography, London College of Printing.
Please see www.klauswehner.co.uk for additional information and images concerning these exhibitions.
09/2009 The Deptford Maritime Museum, Deptford X 2009, Laban, London,
(solo, installation, website: www.museumclausum.org)
09/2007 Museum Clausum, Deptford, Deptford X 2007, Laban, London,
(solo, installation: Museum Clausum Deptford, website: www.museumclausum.org)
01/2005 I Summon You, Alsager Arts Centre, Manchester University.
(solo, four video installations)
12/2004 I Summon You, Focal Point Gallery, Southend.
(one-off screening of as part of STAGED Screenings)
03/2004 Hierophilia, Michael Petry@Prowler Project Space, London,
(solo, pieces from the Hierophilia series)
03/2004 Temporarily Removed, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham,
(solo, video installation: I Summon You + Temporarily Removed)
06/2002 I Summon You, Dingley Gallery, London (solo)
(solo, video installation: I Summon You)
11/2001 Eastwing Collection No5. Courtauld Institute of Art, London,
(Video installation: I Summon You)
07/2001 EAST International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
(Selected by Mary Kelly and Peter Wollen; Video installation: I Summon You)
02/2001 Clean Bodies, Dingley Gallery, London
(duo exhibition, pieces from the Blue Purgatory series)
06/2000 Videolounge, APT Gallery, London
(Video projection: Triptych)
07/1999 Temple of Diana, Blue Gallery, London
(Curated by Neal Brown; Photo montage: Diana Dead)
06/1999 Camberwell Artsweek5, Conductors Hallway, London
(Video installation: Aperitif)
09/1998 Mediamorphose 98, Internationale Photoszene/Photokina, Cologne
(Installation of light boxes: Vapour Ware)
08/1998 Skin Deep, Blue Gallery, London
(Photography tableau: Praying for Time)
05/1997 1997... , Hochbunker Ehrenfeld, Cologne
(of light boxes Installation: Vapour Ware)