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Challenging the Norm: The Bold World of Institutional Critique

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Institutional Critique—an art movement as provocative as it is profound. It’s like a thrilling game of chess between artists and the establishments that showcase their work. This movement isn't just about creating art; it's about questioning the very walls and ideologies that house it. Let’s delve deep into this intriguing dance of defiance and introspection. Institutional Critique began to take shape in the late 1960s and early 1970s, primarily in the U.S. and Europe. Artists began to question the assumptions and practices of art institutions—museums, galleries, and cultural norms. They asked: Who does the institution serve? Whose interests are preserved? The answers often pointed to biases, commercialism, and exclusivity in the art world. Michael Asher - Installation of aluminum studs One of the pioneers of this movement was Michael Asher, known for his subtle yet sharp critiques. He would often rearrange existing structures within museums to expose their underlying functions