Global Museum: Where do we go from here?

A conference organised by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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Conference | 30 Sep. – 1 Oct. 2019


Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart
Invalidenstraße 50-51 | 10557 Berlin

Project description

In memoriam of Okwui Enwezor

The “Global Museum” programme not only critically investigates the collections of several museums in Germany, but also the modern art canon with its Western-oriented focus. This canon reflects the structure, origin and presentation of the respective collections. It continues to influence decisions about of museum programmes, institutional collaborations, structures and personnel. A critical evaluation of this canon inevitably requires one to critically assess all these institutional facets.

The conference “Global Museum: Where do we go from here?” is an opportunity to reflect on the past exhibition projects, how they were received and the role they play in the discussion on how we can fundamentally rethink art and its institutions. The development of future perspectives is a topic of discussion: How can museums change their orientation on a sustainable basis? Can the processes initiated by “Global Museum” be anchored at the institutions in the long term? How can networks be expanded and better utilised for the institutions? What long-term consequences can and should the programme have for the institutions, e.g. with regard to exhibition and education programmes, collection presentation and expansion, outreach, international cooperation and personnel? What plans and wishes do the participants have, what resources are available or need to be created? What kind of structures are required, what will have to be changed or further developed? How do we progress from a wish to an intention, and from an intention to realisation?

The guest speakers include Susanne Gaensheimer, Andreas Görgen, Udo Kittelmann, Christian Kravagna, Giulia Lamoni, Matthias Mühling, Farid Rakun, Augustín Perez Rubio and Hortensia Völckers.

The conference will be held in English, and a simultaneous translation in German will be available.

The conference is open to the public, and admission is free. If you wish to attend, please register in advance with your name and address by 26 September 2019 at service​(at)​

A conference organised by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and with kind support by the Association of Friends of the Nationalgalerie e.V.


The conference is an opportunity to discuss the results of the “Global Museum” funding programme of the Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the participating museums: the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, MMK Museum für moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau in Munich.

Further programme

Keynote lecture on 30 September 2019

Monday, 30 Sep. 2019 | 7 pm

Keynote lecture

Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh

Conference on 1 October 2019

Panel 1: Learning from artist networks

10:30 am – 1 pm

Public museums and artists’ networks differ in terms of structure and working methods. What can museums learn from artist networks if they wish to establish their own transnational networks and maintain them in the long term? What kinds of collaborations and alliances do artists engage in – historically and today? Are these processes transferable to museums and museum-like institutions?

Panel 2: Gauging effects: “Global Museum” as part of a contemporary focus on transnational networks

2 pm – 4:30 pm

“Global Museum” is a part of an international debate on the reorientation of art and its institutions with respect to transnationality and transculturality. What considerations are elicited by such repositioning? What expectations are institutions faced with both from the scientific community and museum goers?

Panel 3: Moving forwards: What do museums want? What do they need?

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What can we concretely do to advance the reorientation of museums? What challenges do individual museums face? What resources do they need? How significant are changing social and political circumstances to future museum activities?

Conference venue

Historische Halle
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50–51
10557 Berlin

Bus and train connections

S+U main station:

  • Subway U55
  • Suburban railway S5, S7, S75
  • Tram M5, M8, M10
  • Bus TXL, 120, 123, 142, 147, 245, M41, M85, N20, N40


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  • 30 September, 2019 to 1 October, 2019: Conference

    Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)