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Crosstalks Salon with Simon Schaffer and Adam Lowe

Monday, 2 November, 2015 - 19:30
Bozar, Terarkenzaal 1
Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
Lecture and debate

When it comes to the arts, what do notions such as ‘original’ and ‘reproduction’ actually mean in today’s world? The British artist Adam Lowe reconstructs the origins of works of art by Paolo Veronese and Giovanni Battista Piranesi by making 3D-printed reproductions. He investigates the history of an original work of art by looking at its exact copy. In this era of digital reproduction, the issue of whether a painting is an original or a copy is neither here nor there to Lowe. In turn, Simon Schaffer, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge, takes a closer look at the difference between synthetic and natural objects.


19:30.: Welcome by Paul Dujardin
19:45: Short presentation of case by Adam Lowe
20:00: Short response by Simon Schaffer
20:15: Discussion with both invited speakers, and with Luc Tuymans (artist) and Anne van Grevenstein (emeritus Amsterdam University and coordinator of the restoration of Lam Gods by the Van Eyck brothers) on how replicas change the way we exhibit, manage, experience, and preserve works of art.
Followed by Q&A.


  • Minus 26 years and Bozar Friends: € 5,00
  • Others: € 7,00

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