Sacred Traditions and the Arts Seminar Series

Art Museums, the Sacred, and Theology

Speakers: Daniel A. Siedell and Jean-Paul Martinon

This meeting of the Sacred Traditions & the Arts seminar will explore the intersections of curatorial practice, museology, critical heritage studies, and art history.

Daniel A. Siedell will present a paper entitled Theology as Curatorial Practice: An Experiment. This will be responded to by Jean-Paul Martinon, after which there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Daniel A. Siedell is Visiting Researcher at the Stockholm School of Theology (2023-24). He is trained as an art historian and his research and teaching is shaped by his eleven-year career as an art museum curator. He is Chief Curator of Non-Existent Projects for the International Congress of Infrathin Studies (ICIS), a four-person international collective that experiments with the principles of Surrealism in theological discourse through interventions in academic practices.

Jean-Paul Martinon is Reader in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of several books on masculinity, the Rwandan Genocide, curatorial practices, and questions of temporality. His latest book, Curating as Ethicswas published in 2020 by Minnesota University Press.

About the seminar series:

The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.

Organised by Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld) and Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London).

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6 Nov 2023

Monday 6th November 2023, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Free, booking essential

Vernon Square campus, Lecture Theatre 1

This is an in person event at our Vernon Square campus. Booking will close 30 minutes before the event begins.


Photograph in black and white showing the installation of an exhibition in a white room
Artists installing When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle Bern, 1969. Photo: Shunk-Kender, © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Source: When Attitudes Become Form – Bern 1969/Venice 2013, exhibition catalogue, ed. by Germano Celant, Milan 2013