Symposium: The Museum of the Future. Build. Curate. Share
The new museum building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim provides food for thought: How could or how should a “museum of the future” look? Curators, architects, journalists, artists, researchers , and representatives of the Mannheim community interactively explore the following three themes in talks, labs, and debates:
Building a museum: What kind of a place does the (art) museum of the future require?
Curating a museum: How can collecting and exhibiting practices be developed, bearing in mind both site-specific and global issues?
Sharing a museum: How do you design the content of the “museum of the future’s” digital strategy?
With contributions from Chris Dercon (formerly Volksbühne Berlin, Tate Modern London), Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich (art historian), Erlend Hoyersten (Aros Museum, Aarhus), Prof. Dr. Lepik (architecture museum Munich, TU Munich), Honorary Prof. Dr. Julia Voss (Leuphana University, Lüneburg), Dr. Stefanie Heraeus (Frankfurt University, Städelschule Frankfurt) and others.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
10 a.m. | Greeting and introduction by Dr. Ulrike Lorenz
10.15 a.m. | Keynote Speech | “The Museum of the Future”
By Chris Dercon, formerly of the Volksbühne Berlin and Tate Modern London
11.15 a.m. | Initial discussion | Where Will We Find the Museum of the Future?
With Chris Dercon, formerly of the Volksbühne Berlin and Tate Modern London, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, art historian and author, Dr. Ulrike Lorenz, Kunsthalle Mannheim
Chaired by hon. Prof. Dr. Julia Voss, University of Lüneberg
12 noon | Lunch break
1 p.m. | Input |Museums in Motion (20-minute talk and discussion)
1. Building a Museum – Supporting and Experimenting: On the Relationship Between Permanent and Temporary Museum Spaces (Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik, director of the architecture museum at TU Munich)
2. Museum Curation: Thinking Museums—Canons in Motion (Dr. Stefanie Heraeus, Frankfurt University, Städelschule Frankfurt)
3 p.m. | Coffee break
3.30 p.m. | Laboratories: Museums in Motion
1. Building a Museum – Supporting and Experimenting: On the Relationship Between Permanent and Temporary Museum Spaces (Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik)
2. Museum Curation: Thinking Museums—Canons in Motion (Dr. Stefanie Heraeus)
5 p.m. | Break | presentation board display of the results from the laboratories
5.30 p.m. | Statement by architect Nikolaus Goetze, gmp – Gerkan, Marg & Partners
The new Kunsthalle Mannheim sees itself as a “museum in motion”; the new building follows the concept of a “city in the city”: with a new staging of the collection, surprising artists’ rooms, a comprehensive digital strategy, and a program that aims to move people, intellectually as well as physically.
Thematic tours of the museum led by the Kunsthalle Mannheim team.
7 p.m. | Evening talk | “The Murmuring of Objects in Space”
By Prof. Dr. Beat Wyss (art historian)
8.30 p.m. | Dinner and drinks
Friday, June 22, 2018
9.30 a.m. | Greeting and review of day one
Dr. Ulrike Lorenz, Kunsthalle Mannheim
Discussion with the speakers and participants
10.15 a.m. | Coffee break
10.30 a.m. | Input | “Museums in the Context of Their Cities”
1. Building Museums: Producing, Exhibiting, Negotiating, and Communicating in a Place-Specific Manner (Ipolitto Laparelli – Manifesta Palermo / OMA Rotterdam) (via Skype and in English)
2. Making Museums: Museums as Mental Fitness Centers (Erlend Hoyersten, director, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum)
3. Sharing Museums: The Learning Museum – Perspectives from the Exhibition and Research Project “Museum Global” (Dr. Maria Müller-Scharek and Julia Hagenberg, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf)
11.30 a.m. | Laboratories: “Museums in the Context of Their Cities”
1. Making Museums: Museums as Mental Fitness Centers (Erlend Hoyersten, director, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum)
2. Sharing Museums: The Learning Museum – Perspectives from the Exhibition and Research Project “Museum Global” (Dr. Maria Müller-Scharek and Julia Hagenberg, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf)
1 p.m. | Lunch
2 p.m. | “Theses for the Future” | Discussion of the findings of the laboratories and evaluation of the symposium
With statements on:
1. places and spaces in the museum of the future (Richard Long cube)
2. the future of small museums and large museums (Auditorium)
3. curating for museums and society (Rita McBride cube)
4. researching in the museum of the future (Old Library)
5. digital strategies in the museum of the future (Creative Lab)
6. art education in the museum of the future (Work Cube)
By and with:
Representatives of Mannheim institutions
Students at the Städelschule Frankfurt and elsewhere
Institutions / departments of the city of Mannheim
Guests and participants
2.45 p.m. | Summary and outlook
3.15 p.m. | Conclusion of the event
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