zeno at the edge of the known world: Joseph Kosuth in conversation with katalin keseru

Thursday, 6 February 2014

16.00-18.00, Research Forum South Room

Zeno at the Edge of the Known World, artwork by Joseph KosuthZeno At The Edge Of The Known World, Joseph Kosuth, 1993 Venice Biennale, Hungarian Pavilion, Venice, Italy. Speaker(s): Joseph Kosuth and Katalin Keserü

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission (no booking necessary). Limited space available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 3:30pm.

Organised by: Professor Sarah Wilson

In 1993, Katalin Keserü curated Joseph Kosuth’s installation, Zeno At The Edge Of The Known World for the Hungarian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, one of the first times a ‘non-native’ artist was asked to work in a national pavilion. His installation was based, she explains, on a ‘Freudian but ironic’ book, Zeno’s consciousness by Italo Svevo, born in Trieste during the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and a friend and pupil of James Joyce.

Joseph Kosuth
is one of the pioneers of Conceptual Art; his Art after Philosophy, 1969, was circulated, often in samizdat translations all over the world. Chosen by Marcel Duchamp to receive a Cassandra Foundation Grant in 1968, he has continued to receive awards and honours: he moved recently to London where he holds the Millard Chair at Goldsmith’s College, continuing an international teaching career. From One and Three Chairs, 1965, to the Rosetta Stone installation in Figeac, 1991or his current major project for France’s  Bibliothèque Nationale, writing and the poetics of text are centra  to his site specific projects.


Katalin Keserü 
is Professor Emeritus at the Art History Institute, University Lóránd Eötvös, Budapest (ELTE) where she has taught since 1975. She has curated major exhbitions and edited books on Hungarian art and culture since that time. She was director of the Budapest Kunsthalle (1992-1995) and director of the Ernst Museum from 2000 to 2006. Research programmes she has recently directed include  ‘Art of the 1980s in Hungary’; ‘Ornaments and Modernism’; ‘Written sources of the Turn of the Century Art’; ‘Architecture and Applied Art in Central Europe’; ‘Art Nouveau ornaments in Budapest architecture’. She has lectured as guest professor and at different universities from Romania to Canada.

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