Call for Artworks for the Permanent Collection and the Museum Collection Policy.Unlike most art museums the Ontological Museum is not a product of one or several wealthy collectors donating their oversized collections to a well funded repository for a staff to take care of and exhibit. Rather it is a gathering together of art and objects by artists for artists as part of the Ontological Museum - a museum intended to collect direct first hand art specimens from current living artists like a scientific museum might collect field specimens for study and research.
The Ontological Museum is actively collecting artworks for the permanent collection of the museum. What we are looking for are works of modest scale and of high quality. Great things in small packages. We have designed the museum around economy of storage and with an eye to international traveling exhibitions that document the work of artists in the constructive arts - that is to say, art that is 'put together' from assembled parts or work done in that spirit. The Museum is in fact an "assemblage of assembled things".
We collect works within several major and often intertwined divisions:
- The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction
- The Fluxmuseum
- The Archives of the Eternal Network
- The Museum of Snapshot Photography
- The Department of Linguistic Records
- The Department of Nocturnal Emissions & Crepuscular Atavisms
As the name suggests the IMCAC is focused on Collage/Assemblage art as well as studio documentary materials such as donated sketchbooks, scrapbooks, hand made books, diaries, collections of papers, such as in boxes, dossiers also photographs, ephemera; all of those things that surround the creative process of collage, assemblage and construction.
Our interest is in constructed art as it began in the early 20th century around photography, film, advertising, printing, computers, mass media, etc.
The Fluxmuseum - fluxmuseum.org
FLUXmUSeum was founded in 2006 with the intention of documenting 21st century fluxus artists. The Fluxmuseum is dedicated to the collection, performance, production, publishing, promotion, exhibition, documentation and safekeeping of Fluxus works . The Fluxmuseum is an inclusive venture inviting any artist who feels a connection to fluxus to participate in museum projects and to contribute works to the collection.
The Archives of the Eternal Network - archivesoftheeternalnetwork.org
The AEN invites mail artists to send samples of their work and/or to donate their collections of accumulated correspondence to the Archives.
The Museum of Snapshot Photography - snapshotsmuseum.org
The MSP collects snap shot and vernacular photography of the 20th century as well as other works created by photographic means such as scanner art, photostatic art, etc.
The Department of Linguistic Records
The DLR collects language related works such as visual poetry, concrete poetry, collage poetry, asemic writing and other related items as well as small and independent press publications.
For the time being we will receive any small package sight unseen. Things larger than a briefcase we would like to see photographs or digital images of first. Don't send things with animal or plant items that might not make it through customs. Send items regardless of value as -0- value so that we don't have to pay duties on your contributions (or tempt postal workers to steal them) and please sign up as a member of the IMCAC or ISACA to help cover the costs of processing your items.
The museum currently contains thousands of contributed items from artists all over the world housed at our Offices/Archives and we are additionally seeking a suitable physical location to house and exhibit the growing collection on a grander scale.
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