Historical Collections and Contemporary Art: A Discussion on Curatorial Strategies

2 Jul 2015 – 3 Jul 2015

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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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The spectrum of artistic and curatorial strategies in the context of the planning for the Humboldt-Forum is diverse: some artistic positions work directly with historical collections, others deal critically with the history of colonial collections. Moreover, certain artworks emphasize contemporary global issues.


 It is also planned to exhibit artistic works according to issues that play a role in contemporary art as well as in the historic collections.

With this in mind, there is a greater need for discussion on the following issues:
What different strategies can be detected in the collecting and presenting of contemporary art together with historical collections in the current museum landscape? What criticism is there of these approaches – and in general of the use of art in this context? What strategies can be developed for the Humboldt-Forum?

Those invited include curators from museums that have exhibited contemporary art in the context of historic collections, as well as academics, who will undertake critical analyses of this complex of issues.

Anke Bangma, National Museum of World Cultures, Amsterdam / Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto / Lena Fritsch, Tate Modern, London / Ursula Helg, Freie Universität, Berlin / Viola König, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin / Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA / Julia Orell, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles / Kerstin Pinther, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München / Lisl Ponger, Artist, Vienna / Angela Rosenberg, Curator, Berlin / Klaas Ruitenbeek, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin / Britta Schmitz, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin / Agnes Wegner, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin / Tobias Wendl, Freie Universität, Berlin / Elena Zanichelli, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Registration requested via email: humboldt-lab(at), entrance fee for the symposium is covered by the admission ticket.


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