Martin Roth Symposium II

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) will present, in co-operation with re:publica, the second Martin Roth Symposium as a digital Theme Week from 7 to 11 September 2020, kindly supported by Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and funded by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

Museums offer public spaces for encounters between people and ideas. If cultural products belong to the whole of humankind and if participation and inclusion are the means of lively communities, how might the museums of the future be built as spaces of polyphonic and critical dialogues under globalised conditions? How can these dialogues refer to our pasts and futures? How might they serve cultural democracy for all, while challenged by increasing anti-liberal tensions worldwide. And is it even possible to see the museum in a radically democratic light, as many artists and curators are demanding today?

This year’s five-day symposium asks critical questions about the museum’s future. It intends to identify innovative strategies which, from a global perspective, are needed to establish a space of democracy through architecture, analogue and virtual formats, local and international exchange, and alternative international (art) histories. Over five days, top international experts from these sectors will unpack and bring to light challenges and visions in the fields of museum and culture.

Watch all the panels here:

Day I: Museums and Futures 

Day II: Museums and Power 

Day III: Museums and Entertainment 

Day IV: Museums and Architecture 

Day V: Museums and Failure

The symposium honours and commemorates the legacy of one of Germany’s most innovative museum directors and cultural policy makers: Martin Roth. Following its first issue in 2018, What can culture do?, the Martin Roth Symposium aims to biennially bring together thought leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors to share ideas and future scenarios close to Roth’s own innovative convictions.

About Martin Roth Symposium

Timetable

Monday, 07. September 2020
17:00 - 20:00


17:00
Welcome and opening by

  • Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  • Johannes Vogel
  • Marion Ackermann
  • Mariët Westermann

The first day presents a global perspective on the future of the museum as a space of democracy. It aims to illuminate the museum as a source of inspiration for intellectual, political and aesthetic discourses and as a visible architectural signal for the development of cities. The first Sprints and Deep Dives of the Symposium will offer regional insights in museum leadership in different cultural and political contexts, a historical view on the role of museums and raise awareness for the current technological challenges that the museum world is facing.


17:15 – Sprint 1
Not the Same Museum, Not the Same Future | Kavita Singh
 

17:25 – Sprint 2
Museums & Futures | Philip Tinari
 

17:35 – Deep Dive 1 | Kavita Singh, Clémentine Deliss
 

17:50 – Deep Dive 2 | Philip Tinari, Clémentine Deliss
 

18:10 – Sprint 3
Autumn Crescent: German and European art at the Tretyakov | Zelfira Tregulova
 

18:20 – Sprint 4
Decolonizing the Colonies: Structural Challenges to Systemic Change in the American Art Museum | Andrew McClellan
 

18:30 – Sprint 5
Digitalisation teaches us: Open, transparent, participatory! | Alain Bieber
 

18:40 – Deep Dive 3 | Zelfira Tregulova, Clémentine Deliss
 

18:55 – Deep Dive 4 | Andrew McClellan, Clémentine Deliss
 

19:15 – Future Forward Panel | Alain Bieber, Eva Karl, Sarah Bergh

 

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Tuesday, 08. September 2020
17:00 - 20:00


How inclusive are today’s museums really? What is the role of museums as “democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures,” as stated by the draft ICOM museum definition? Are museums public powerhouses for society or are they left alone with provenance research, digitalisation and the processes of decolonisation? What active roles can museums play in modern societies and what are the limits of a museum? How political should museums be? How are the task of museums and their independence as research institutions shaped under the influence of authoritarian governments and ideological positions? How is the young generation to be integrated? On the second day, our speakers will discuss these questions concerning the roles of public and private museums in society and which stakeholders have to be considered when managing a museum in the 21st century.


17:05 – Sprint 1
Access all Areas | Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba
 

17:15 – Sprint 2
Have museums changed their labels? | Rooksana Omar
 

17:25 – Deep Dive 1 | Nico Daswani, Julia Grosse
 

17:40 – Deep Dive 2 | Nico Daswani, Rooksana Omar
 

18:00 – Sprint 3
Empowering the Museums | Hartmut Dorgerloh
 

18:10 – Sprint 4
Museums & Power | Gus Casely-Hayford
 

18:20 – Sprint 5
Museum and practical communities | Elvira Espejo Ayca
 

18:30 – Deep Dive 3 | Benita von Maltzahn, Hartmut Dorgerloh
 

18:45 – Deep Dive 4 | Benita von Maltzahn, Gus Casely-Hayford
 

19:05 – Future Forward Panel | Yvette Mutumba, Yara Haridy, Sarah Bergh

 

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Wednesday, 09. September 2020
17:00 - 20:00


Culture is about pleasure - why shouldn’t museums be? The traditional discourse is making seriousness a criteria for cultural achievements and denies to which extent pleasure, playfulness and entertainment are important to build public spaces and cultural treasures. How can the social space of the institution and the exhibition spaces of the museum be filled with life? Is enjoyment part of what museums must offer to the public? This day will unpack ideas and alternatives to these and other questions. It will challenge our traditional views of reality and virtuality, the role of institutions versus open spaces and finally the merger of art, science and entertainment.


17:05 – Sprint 1
Making Reality Fantastic | Robin Reardon
 

17:15 – Sprint 2
Museums & Entertainment | Tim Reeve
 

17:25 – Deep Dive 1 | Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Robin Reardon
 

17:40 – Deep Dive 2 | Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Tim Reeve
 

18:00 – Sprint 3
Museums & Entertainment | Marie Cecile Zinsou
 

18:10 – Sprint 4
What Makes Museums Different from Disneyland... | Pi Li
 

18:20 – Sprint 5
Who is afraid of entertainment? A designer’s perspective on playfulness and technology in museums | Raphaël de Courville
 

18:30 – Deep Dive 3 | Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Marie-Cécile Zinsou
 

18:45 – Deep Dive 4 | Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Pi Li
 

19:05 – Future Forward Panel | Raphaël de Courville, Anna Lisa Scherfose, Sarah Bergh

 

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Thursday, 10. September 2020
17:00 - 20:00


The meaning and function of museums has shifted fundamentally in the course of history – from the early days focusing primarily on collection, to today’s concepts for museums emphasising exhibition and education programmes and developing local and global utopias of encounters and community. It is now commonplace to see museums as public spaces, but who do they belong to and how? What are the conditions and modes of access that best serve collections and that best encourage dialogue between objects and people? What are the options for showing materials that are stored, vulnerable or contested? Our speakers will share their ideas on the nature of space in our current museums with an eye on both the past and the future. What will it take to create spaces where the public and artefacts can come together outside of their familiar settings, negotiating relationships between the open and the closed or the local and the global, between the hauntings of history and the promise of utopia?


17:05 – Sprint 1

Planning the unexpected: „When too perfect lieber Gott Böse“ (Nam June Paik) | Bice Curiger
 

17:15 – Sprint 2
Museums and Architecture | David Chipperfield
 

17:25 – Deep Dive 1 | Bill Sherman, Bice Curiger
 

17:40 – Deep Dive 2 | Edwin Heathcote, David Chipperfield
 

18:00 – Sprint 3
Museums and Architecture | Louisa Hutton
 

18:10 – Sprint 4
Museums and Memory | David Adjaye
 

18:20 – Sprint 5
Museums and Architecture | Pinar Yoldas
 

18:30 – Deep Dive 3 | Edwin Heathcote, Louisa Hutton
 

18:45 – Deep Dive 4 | David Adjaye, Bill Sherman
 

19:05 – Future Forward Panel | Pinar Yoldas, Luise von Zimmermann, Sarah Bergh

 

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Friday, 11. September 2020
17:00 - 20:00


This day will highlight “best practice in failure,” not as an oxymoron but as a necessity. This concerns praising the value of failure for self-reflection and as a motor of innovation for museums. What does failure mean in the museum sector? Where is the space to talk about mistakes and reflect upon wrong decisions in a “culture” that emphasises positive news and success stories? How and what can we learn from negative experiences and disappointments for the development of museums as open democratic change agents and conveners? How do we take responsibility for our mistakes? How can we share our experiences of knowledge gained through failure? Which failures can we afford? Do museums need a more enterprising, entrepreneurial culture that embraces failures? What conditions and values are needed in museums for productive learning processes, open exchange and a dynamic self-reflective culture?


on-site only

14:15 – Opening Katie Gallus, Ulrich Raulff, Jana Hoffmann
 

14:30 – Krzysztof Pomian: On the Future of Museums
 

15:00 – WERKSTATT “Vision Museum 2030“

WERKSTATT 1 – Museums & Futures | Johannes Comeau Milke

WERKSTATT 2 – Museums & Power | Johannes Puschmann

WERKSTATT 3 – Museums & Entertainment | Kathleen Schröter

WERKSTATT 4 – Museums & Architecture | Elisabeth Helldorff
 

15:00 – The project TAKING CARE – Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care | Claudia Augustat, Anita Hermannstädter


Live stream

17:00 – Intro from the Museum | Katie Gallus, Ulrich Raulff, Sarah Darwin
 

17:10 – Sprint 1
In search of a radical new model: Museum-Assemblage | Małgorzata Ludwisiak
 

17:20 – Sprint 2
belief & momentum: fighting fear of failure | Lucy Darwin
 

17:30 – Sprint 3
The museum as failure | Inés de Castro
 

17:40 – Sprint 4
Failure is a Leadership Responsibility | Michael Moriarty
 

17:50 – Deep Dive 1 + 2 | Inés de Castro, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Johannes Vogel, Katie Gallus
 

18:10 – Deep Dive 3 + 4 | Lucy Darwin, Michael Moriarty, Johannes Vogel, Katie Gallus
 

18:45 – Closing Panel – MaRS: Back to the Future | Marion Ackermann, Julia Grosse, Andreas Görgen, Ronald Grätz, Katie Gallus

 

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Speakers

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Marion Ackermann

Director General of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Prof Dr Marion Ackermann studied art history, history and German literature. After working as curator at the Städtische Galerie in the Lenbachhaus in Munich, she was director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart from 2003 to 2009. Subsequently, Marion headed the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf before being appointed director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in 2016.

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David Adjaye

Architect

Sir David Adjaye, OBE, studied at London South Bank University, under David Chipperfield and Eduardo Souto De Moura. With his office, founded in 2000, he realizes projects all over the world. Sophisticated materials, tailor-made designs and visionary intuition make him one of the leading architects of his generation. His most famous projects include the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

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Claudia Augustat

Curator South America Collection at Weltmuseum Wien, Direction EU project 'Taking Care'

Claudia Augustat received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, in 2004. Material culture and cultural memory, museums and colonialism, collaborative curatorship, and the decolonization of museum practice are her main research interests. She heads the South America collections at Weltmuseum Wien and the EU co-financed project 'TAKING CARE. Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care' in which thirteen partner institutions from ten countries are involved.

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Sarah Bergh

Political Educator / Diversity Trainer

Sarah Bergh started her own business in 2002 with her office 'BERGH KULTUR- UND KUNSTPROJEKTE'. Before that, she worked in press and organisational work in the theatre and in production for dance and performance festivals. The focus of her work is on cultural education; the topics of diversity, discrimination, and empowerment are of particular importance for her. She continuously curates mediation concepts for museums in the context of decolonisation and is a moderator of artistic and cultural-political (discussion) events.

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Alain Bieber

Cultural manager, curator, artistic director of the cultural institution NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Alain Bieber studied rhetoric, literature, sociology, and political science in Tübingen and Paris. He worked at the European tv network 'ARTE', was an editor at the magazine 'ART' and a lecturer at several universities in Germany and France. Bieber has been curating solo and group exhibitions all over Europe on topics such as street art, net and media art, political art, and photography. He is also co-founder of 'Rosy DX, studio for digitality'. Since 2015 he is artistic and executive director of the cultural institution NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.

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Portrait Gus Casely-Hayford

Gus Casely-Hayford

Director of V&A East

Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, is the founding Director of V&A East, a museum and collection centre presently under construction. He was previously the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture. In 2018 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the arts. He has also been awarded a Kings College cultural fellowship for service to the arts and a SOAS Honorary Fellowship for assistance to Africa.

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Portrait David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield

Architect

Sir David Chipperfield studied architecture at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before founding his own practice in 1985. In 2012, he curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. He received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 and was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany in 2010. In 2011, he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association.

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Portrait Bice Curiger

Bice Curiger

Artistic director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh

Bice Curiger is an art historian and curator and has been the artistic director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles since 2013. She was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Parkett, an art magazine created in direct collaboration with contemporary artists, director of the 54th Venice Biennale, curator at the Kunsthaus Zürich and editorial director of Tate Etc. She is the author of numerous publications, including the monograph Meret Oppenheim - Spuren durchstandener Freiheit, and editor of the catalogue Ausbruch & Rausch. Women, Art, Punk 1975-1980.

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Lucy Darwin

Producer

Lucy Darwin worked in exhibition and distribution for ten years before moving into production. She joined Terry Gilliam for the post-production of 'Twelve Monkeys' (1995) and went on to produce the critically-acclaimed 'Lost in La Mancha' (2002), for which she received BAFTA and European Film Awards nominations. In 2006, she produced Woody Allen’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated 'Match Point'. Her most recent production is the feature documentary 'He Dreams of Giants'.

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Inés de Castro

Director of the Linden-Museum Stuttgart – Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology)

Professor Dr. Inés de Castro holds a doctorate in ethnology and began her career at the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlung (Bavarian State Painting Collections) and the Archäologischen Staatssammlung (State Archaeological Collection) in Munich. At the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, she was the curator for the ethnological collection as well as the Associate Director and Authorised Signatory. As an expert in provenance research, she has been responsible for countless, highly-acclaimed exhibitions at the Linden Museum since 2010.

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Raphaël de Courville

Interaction Designer at the NEEEU Spaces GmbH

Designer Raphaël de Courville combines interaction design, digital art and new technologies. Raphaël is a co-founder of the Berlin design studio NEEEU, which uses useful and playful technologies for virtual and augmented realities. As an educator and media artist, he promotes the dialogue between art and technology with others.

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Portrait Clémentine Deliss; © an photo: David Galstyan

Clémentine Deliss

Associate Curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Co-Director of LagosPhoto20, Guest Professor of Theory and History at HFBK Hamburg and Mentor of the Berlin Program for Artists

Dr. Clémentine Deliss studied contemporary art and social anthropology in Vienna and London and received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at London University. From 2010 to 2015, she directed the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, instituting a new lab for post-ethnographic research. She was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study Berlin. Deliss teaches at numerous European art academies in the fields of artistic research and curatorial practice. Her current book 'The Metabolic Museum' is published in co-production with KW-Berlin.

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Hartmut Dorgerloh

General Director of the Humboldt Forum

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh received his Ph.D. in art history at the Humboldt University Berlin and is a monument preservationist and cultural manager. From 2002 to 2018, he headed the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg; with modern exhibitions about the history of Prussia, he attracted a broad audience to the castles. In 2004 he was appointed honorary professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 2007 he regularly holds lectures at the University of Bern. In June 2018, he was announced General Director of the Humboldt Forum.

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Elvira Espejo Ayca

Poet, Essayist, Musician, Weaver Artist, and former Director of the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF), La Paz

Elvira Espejo Ayca studied Art at the Academy of Fine Arts 'Hernando Siles' in La Paz. She is the author of specialist books on the art and science of weaving and the author of award-winning volumes of poetry. With the Bolivian musician Álvaro Montenegro she has produced DVDs of contemporary music. For years she has been committed to the preservation of indigenous cultures; and under her leadership, MUSEF had developed into an important cultural centre in Bolivia. This year she was awarded the Goethe Medal for her commitment to international cultural exchange.

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Katie Gallus

Moderator

In addition to her work as a freelance journalist for various German public broadcasters (including Deutsche Welle, ARD, and ZDF), Katie Gallus worked for the United Nations in New York City. Her research took her to the Caucasus of Georgia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, and Brazil. She lived in Central Cameroon next to cocoa fields and worked alongside filmmakers in Sierra Leone. Katie Gallus has a passion for future issues and is a sought-after presenter on subjects of digital ideas, globalisation, development policy, and human-environmental relations.

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Portrait Julia Grosse

Julia Grosse

Editor-in-Chief of 'Contemporary And' and 'Contemporary And América Latina'

Julia Grosse studied art history, German literature and media studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum and worked as a columnist and arts journalist in London for the taz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, AD Magazine, SZ Magazin and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Grosse curated 'Friendly Confrontations. Festival on Global Art and Art Criticism' at the Kammerspiele in Munich, and is currently a guest lecturer at the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Her book Ein Leben lang is published by Hoffman und Campe Verlag.

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Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and design critic of the 'Financial Times'

Edwin Heathcote is an architect, designer, and critic. He is author of over a dozen books, including 'The Meaning of Home' and writes for a number of journals, including 'Icon', 'GQ', 'L‘Architecture d‘Aujord hui', and 'Architectural Review'. Furthermore, he is the founder and editor of the non-profit online web archive 'Readingdesign.org'.  He is also currently the 'Keeper of Meaning' at The Cosmic House, the Grade I listed former home of Charles Jencks, which will be opening soon as a museum and forum for debate around Post Modernism.

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Portrait of Anita Hermannstädter; © and photo: Hwa Ja Götz, MfN

Anita Hermannstädter

Head of Division 'History of Science and Museum Studies' at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Anita Hermannstädter is a historian and exhibition curator. After her time as a research assistant at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, she came to the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in 2012 to establish a cultural studies department. As head of the Department of History of Science and Museum Studies, she is interested in the social significance of natural history museums in the past and present.

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Portrait Louisa Hutton

Louisa Hutton

Architect and Co-founder of Sauerbruch Hutton

Louisa Hutton taught at the Architectural Association and is member of the Curatorial Board of the Schelling Architecture Foundation as well as an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Commissioner at CABE as well as a member of the first Steering Committee for Germany’s Bundesstiftung Baukultur. She gives lectures and participates in juries worldwide. The architectural firm Sauerbruch Hutton has received numerous awards over the past decades. In 2015 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire.

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Małgorzata Ludwisiak

Independent art critic and curator

Dr. Małgorzata Ludwisiak is a freelance art critic, curator, and chairman of the scientific committee on the board of CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art). She was the Director of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Deputy Director of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Director of the International Biennial Łódź and initiator and Director of the Łódź Design Festival and has curated numerous renowned exhibitions. As a lecturer and author, she emphasizes on the social role of contemporary art and its institutions.

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Portrait Andrew McClellan

Andrew McClellan

Professor of Art History at Tufts University

Andrew McClellan is author and editor of numerous books in the field of museum science and museum history, including 'Inventing the Louvre', 'Art and Its Publics', 'The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao', and 'The Art of Curating'. He is currently collaborating with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on a comparative analysis of the works in American museums by the forger Alceo Dossena. He is also working on his latest book 'The Art Museum Beyond Bilbao'.

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Michael Moriarty

Coach and founder of Team Transformer

Michael Moriarty coaches individual leaders and leadership teams, as well as delivering leadership development programmes for international MBA courses. Formerly, Moriarty was a British army officer and led six operational tours of duty over 20 years of service. He also held appointments in the British Ministry of Defence and in the Army’s Personnel Headquarters. In his post-military career, Michael worked for Eurostar, a private equity partnership, and a development project in Afghanistan before he founded his own company 'Team Transformer'.

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Yvette Mutumba

Editor-in-Chief of 'Contemporary And' and 'Contemporary And América Latina'

Dr. Yvette Mutumba studied art history at Freie Universität Berlin and holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. Between 2012 and 2016, she worked as a curator at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, and later as part of the Curatorial Team of the 10th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2018). Yvette is also Curator-at-Large at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and currently lectures at the Institute of Art in Context, University of Arts, Berlin.

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Portrait of Rooksana Omar; © Rooksana Omar

Rooksana Omar

Chief Executive Officer of the Iziko Museums of South Africa

Rooksana Omar has been working in the museum sector since 1987. She has been President of the South African Museums Association, of ICOM South Africa, and the Commonwealth of Museums. Furthermore, she has been an Executive Board Member of the International Commission for Museums in South Africa. Under her leadership, the Iziko Museums of South Africa have developed into spaces for critical debate on strengthening democracy. They thus make a significant contribution to achieving the goal of building an inclusive society and economy.

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Pi Li

Sigg Senior Curator of M+, ein Museum für visuelle Kultur in Hong Kong

Dr. Pi Li earned his Ph.D. degree in Art History and Criticism from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Bejing, where he was subsequently deputy director of the art administration. Pi Li is committed to mediating between Western and Chinese contemporary art and has curated exhibitions of international significance, including in Seoul, Shanghai, and Paris. His most recent exhibition, 'Right is Wrong: Four Decades of Chinese Art in the M+ Sigg Collection', has been shown at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and the Bildmuseet in Umea.

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Portrait Robin Reardon

Robin Reardon

Portfolio Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Robin Reardon leads a global team to deliver ambitious experiences in Disney theme parks, resort hotels, cruise ships, and consumer products. Previously, she held positions in marketing, business development, project management and design. In 1997, she founded her own design and production consultancy, R3 Productions, based in New York city and specialized in design solutions for memorable, repeatable guest experiences. Her clients included the World Science Festival in New York City, Herschend Family Entertainment, and Warner Bros.

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Portrait Manouchehr Shamsrizi

Manouchehr Shamsrizi

Co-founder of 'gamelab.berlin' at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Manouchehr Shamsrizi is a philosopher and sociologist. He was a fellow of Yale University and the Royal Society of Arts and received an invitation to the University of Cambridge as 'Ariane de Rothschild Fellow of Innovative Entrepreneurship'. In numerous projects and committees of the cultural and creative industries, including the board of trustees of the MARKK and the main jury of the German Computer Game Award, he is committed to more social justice in the field of digitization. He teaches at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Wacken Metal Academy.

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Portrait Kavita Singh

Kavita Singh

Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Professor Dr. Kavita Singh teaches courses in the history of Indian painting and the history and politics of museums. She has published on secularism and religiosity, fraught national identities, and the memorialization of difficult histories as they relate to museums in South Asia and beyond. She was awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2018 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier

President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been President of the Federal Republic of Germany since February 2017. He studied law and political science in Gießen. After working in the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony for several years, he was first Secretary of State and later Head of the Federal Chancellery. Twice – from 2005 to 2009 and from 2013 to 2017 – he was Foreign Minister and from 2007 to 2009 also Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. From 2009 to 2013 Frank-Walter Steinmeier headed the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag.

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Portrait Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari

Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

Since joining UCCA in 2011, Tinari has led its transformation from a founder-driven private museum into China’s leading independent contemporary art institution with an annual audience of over one million visitors. In 2018, UCCA opened a second location, UCCA Dune, in the coastal enclave of Beidaihe. UCCA Edge, Shanghai, will open in early 2021. Previously, Tinari was Founding Editor of LEAP magazine, a contributing editor at Artforum, and co-curator of the 2017 Guggenheim exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.

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Portrait of Pinar Yoldas; © Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas

Infradisciplinary Architect and Professor at the University of California

Dr. Pinar Yoldas‘ work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience. She lectures as professor at the University of California, San Diego and is an infradisciplinary architect. Pinar Yoldas is a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 Future Emerging Arts and Technologies Award recipient.

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Portrait of Marie-Cécile Zinsou; © and photo: Jean Dominique Burton

Marie-Cécile Zinsou

Art historian and entrepreneur

Marie-Cécile Zinsou is President of the Fondation Zinzou set up by her family in Benin. The foundation promotes contemporary African art and is committed to cultural, educational, and social development in Africa. The Fondation Zinsou has six libraries, an exhibition room, and a museum and has organised 32 exhibitions. Marie-Cécile Zinsou is a board member of the Chateau de Versailles, the Institut des Cultures d'Islam, and the Maison Maria Casarès. Furthermore, she is Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Advisory Board

Portrait of Nico Daswani; © and photo: Rachel Helfand Giuseppi

Nico Daswani

Head of Arts and Culture at World Economic Forum
Portrait Kurt W. Forster

Kurt W. Forster

Visiting Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture

Kurt W. Forster has taught at prestigious universities in the USA and Europe. He has been director of various research institutes (including the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal) and curator of many significant exhibitions. In 2004, he directed the 9th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Kurt is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Accademico di San Luca, holder of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Meret Oppenheim Prize, and an architecture prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Ronald Grätz

Secretary General of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

Ronald Grätz studied German language and literature, catholic theology and philosophy in Tübingen and Frankfurt am Main. After working for several years at a UNESCO project school in São Paulo, he lectured at the Universitat de Barcelona and became a language teacher at the Goethe Institute Barcelona until 1998. This was followed by positions at the Goethe-Institut in Moscow, Munich and as director of the Goethe-Institut Portugal. Since 2008 Ronald has been Secretary General of the ifa.

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Andreas Görgen

Head of Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office

Dr. Andreas Görgen is head of the Department of Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office (FFO). He began his career at the Berliner Ensemble before moving to the Ecole Nationale d’ Administration in France; he subsequently took positions in the federal public service, i.a. at the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, before leading Siemens Energy Sector in South West Europe from 2009 on and returning to the FFO in 2014.

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Portrait of Sunil Khilnani; photo und © Hans Glave

Sunil Khilnani

Professor of Politics and History, Ashoka University, India

Sunil Khilnani was Avantha Professor and Director of the India Institute, which he established at King’s College London in 2011. From 2001 to 2011, he was the Starr Foundation Professor at the John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and Director of South Asia Studies. He writes regularly for the Indian and international media and is the author of 'The Idea of India' and 'Incarnations'. In 2020, he was a Presidential Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

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Benita von Maltzahn

Director Global Cultural Engagement, Volkswagen Group

Benita von Maltzahn studied art history and paper conservation at London University. She began her career as a conservator and art consultant before moving into communications. Since 2011 heads up Volkswagen's Global Cultural Engagement. She paved the way for multi-year partnerships between Volkswagen and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 in New York and the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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Ulrich Raulff

President of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

Professor Dr. Ulrich Raulff studied philosophy and history at Marburg, completing his doctorate in 1977. He worked freelance for various media organizations before joining Humboldt University in Berlin as a Professor in Cultural Studies in 1995. Between 1994 and 2001, he also held Editor, Chief Editor, and Head of Department positions in the feuilleton section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung. From 2004 to 2018, he was Director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach.

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Harriet Roth

Art historian

Dr. Harriet Roth studied Medieval History, Modern History, and Art History. She obtained her doctorate in art history in 1996 with a thesis on The Beginning of Museum Education in Germany under the supervision of Horst Bredekamp, at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her various publications deal with museum history and the architecture of Richard Neutra. Since 2019 Harriet has been the curator of the Modern Weekend project for the Bezirksamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf of Berlin, Office for Further Education and Culture.

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Bill Sherman

Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of Cultural History at the University of London

Professor Dr. Bill Sherman earned his BA from Columbia University and his MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He previously worked with Martin Roth at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), where he was Director of Research and Collections and Project Lead on the creation of the Mellon-funded V&A Research Institute (VARI). Best known for his work on the history of reading, Bill’s current projects explore the interface between word and image, knowledge and power, and the Early Modern and Modern.

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Ellen Strittmatter

Head of the Art Department of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

Dr. Ellen Strittmatter studied art education, German and Romance studies, and literature at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, the University of Freiburg, and the University of Stuttgart, obtaining her doctorate in 2009. From 2007 to 2013, she was curator at the museums of the German Literature Archive in Marbach; subsequently, from 2014 to 2016, she headed the research project 'Bildpolitik' at the 'Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association'. From 2017 to 2018, she was director of the museums of the German Literature Archive in Marbach.

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Johannes Vogel

Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History), Berlin

Professor Dr. Johannes Vogel studied biology at the universities of Bielefeld and Cambridge and received his doctorate in genetics from the University of Cambridge. In addition to his position as Director-General of the Museum of Natural History, he is also Chairman of the Leibniz Association for Biodiversity and Professor of Biodiversity and Science Dialogue at the Humboldt University Berlin. With a collection of more than 30 million objects, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the largest researching natural history museums globally and attracts up to 800,000 visitors annually. Vogel's vision is to promote scientific and social dialogue and encourage effective action for nature and democracy.

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Mariët Westermann

Vice Chancellor of New York University Abu Dhabi and Professor of Arts and Humanities

Mariët Westermann teaches the history of gardens and the art of the Netherlands. Previously she was Executive Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she directed the scholarship and research programs. Her work has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clark Art Institute, the College Art Association, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum for African Art.

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Voices and Visions

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Małgorzata Ludwisiak

explains why museums have to leave their position of critical distance and get involved in order to stay relevant. She sheds light on the experiences cultural institutions face under authoritarian regimes and what museums can do to fill their social spaces with life and enjoyment.

 

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Julia Grosse & Yvette Mutumba

describe which concrete outcomes they would like to see from the upcoming Martin Roth Symposium, what role a "national" heritage could play in the future and how museums can influence the distribution of power in our societies.

 

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Mariët Westermann

recalls what has changed since the last Martin Roth Symposium in 2018 and what Martin Roth would call us to do to overcome the situation we are facing right now. She explores how contemporary art has been leading the way on how to become more inclusive, and what museums can learn from the digital sphere to attract their audiences.

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Interviews with actors in the international museum landscape, which provide an insight into current museum practices and civil society actions of museums worldwide.

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