What challenges are museums likely to face in the future? Are museums still best suited as venues for exhibiting, documenting, presenting and archiving collections, as well as initiating interaction between the viewer and the object? In view of globalisation, answering such questions has taken on an international dimension. For example, what consequences can we draw from the fact that collections frequently have a strong European and North American cultural orientation? What role do digitalisation and the possibilities of virtual reality play with respect to new models, methods and structures in museums? With a four-part international conference series titled “Museal Episode”, the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Cultural Foundation wished to promote the exchange of ideas and encourage participants to develop new concepts and projects for museums.
The day after the museum
Museal episodes on the global future of museums
All museums have been destroyed; everything, every collection has disappeared: A group of curators and museum directors from Africa, South America and Europe find themselves in a dystopian scenario and set out to discuss the issues at stake: if and how to rebuild museums and collections from scratch. Under these new circumstances, what would be exhibited, who would be the audience, what would be the objective? How will the museum of the future look like?
A performative symposium of the Goethe-Institut São Paulo and the German Federal Cultural Foundation with Marion Ackermann, Zdenka Badovinac, Övül Durmusoglu, Yilmaz Dziewior, Marina Fokidis, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Matthias Mühling, Gabi Ngcobo, Luiza Proença , Marcelo Rezende who have continuously met over the last three years as part of the project “Museal Episodes” to discuss about the global future of museums.
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin
September 6, 2018; 6 – 9.30 pm
Meeting in Bahia (Salvador/ Brazil)
To this end, 17 internationally renowned museum directors and curators from Brazil and other countries were invited to the Museum of Modern Art in Bahia (Salvador, Brazil) from 14 to 17 October 2015. Marcelo Rezende, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Bahia, hosted the first “Museum Episode” based on the slogan “Bring Your Museum to My Museum”. You can read the participants’ reports here.
Meeting in La Paz and Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
The discussion during the second meeting at the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore in La Paz (Bolivia) from 29 April to 3 May 2016 focused on the following questions: How will museums work with their collections in the future? Are museums increasingly becoming hybrid institutions? How democratic can a museum be and how can it avoid colonial perspectives? How can museums integrate their local communities into their activities?
Elvira Espejo | National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (La Paz)
Gabi Ngcobo | artist and freelance curator (Johannesburg)
Klaus Görner | Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt)
Luiza Proença | São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP)
Marina Fokidis | Kunsthalle Athena
Marion Ackermann | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf)
Marcelo Rezende | Museum of Modern Art in Bahia (Salvador)
Matthias Mühling | Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich)
Nydia Gutierrez | Museo de Antioquia (Medellin)
Övül Durmusoglu | freelance curator (Istanbul/Berlin)
Pablo Lafuente | freelance curator (São Paulo)
Victoria Noorthoorn | Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires)
Yilmaz Dziewior | Museum Ludwig (Cologne)
Zdenka Badovinac | Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana).