Diverse threads of current societal discourse interweave in unique ways in places where art is created, displayed, and discussed. Fritz Wichert created an innovative center for communication and education for all of Mannheim’s residents in 1911 when he founded the “Academy for Everyone” and the “Free Federation for the Establishment of Art in the City of Mannheim” with the motto “art for all.” Our ProgrammPlus captures the essence of this founding motto once again, creating an inspiring atmosphere in which to open up new pathways to today’s world through art: Art becomes relevant to our everyday lives and our inner life.
Together with local and international artists, academics, entrepreneurs, and an array of stakeholders from many different backgrounds, ProgrammPlus broadens the thinking surrounding the collection and special exhibitions. Between discourse and urbanized society – via academic events and bar nights, concerts, performances, and publications, ProgramPlus examines the themes and questions which shape our existence. What can I learn from art and artists for the benefit of my own life? What role does my religion and worldview play in my everyday life? How can art make the invisible visible?
How can we lead conversations that will inspire us to consider art and current societal concerns in new ways, and find new ways to express ourselves? The “Conversation Dinners” will follow the example of the conversation culture celebrated in British members’ clubs: following a short presentation on a theme, conversations develop relating to three different facets of the theme presented, accompanied by a three-course meal. The “Conversation Dinners” promote entertaining and intelligent conversations on themes derived from art and society.
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