MuseumsNow

This year's Martin Roth Symposium, with five main topics — futures, architecture, power, failure and entertainment — poses critical questions about the future of the museum. Against the background of the Covid 19 pandemic, ifa asked actors and partners in the international museum landscape about their current experiences, challenges and visions. The reports provide an insight into current museum practices and civil society actions of museums worldwide.

[Translate to english:] Design Society in Shenzen

A Global Language and Mutual Learnings

At the Design Society in Shenzhen, Curator Lu Yangli saw several international projects disrupted by the pandemic, but remains committed to cross-institutional cooperation and exchange.

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Museo La Tertulia

Out of the Crisis, A New Solidarity

At Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia, curator Alejandro Martín Maldonado and Head of Education Carlos Hoyos Buchelli have met the ongoing challenges of the pandemic with renewed ...

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Installation view Mapping the Collection in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne 2020

A Permeable Place for Meeting and Exchanging Ideas

For Yilmaz Dziewior, Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, museums are both socially formed and formative for society: they do not operate in a vacuum, but are specific to their ...

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Müze Evliyagil Museum in Ankara

A Safe Physical Space

At Müze Evliyagil museum in Ankara, Can Akgümüş describes how staff did not digitize exhibitions during the pandemic, and have focused instead on securing visitor trust in the ...

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Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Museum is Always Changing

At Moscow Museum of Modern Art, executive director Vasili Tsereteli resists fixed definitions of the museum’s purpose and foregrounds the flux of ideas and collaborative exhibition ...

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The Secret Walls Gallery at Bonatzbau, Central Station Stuttgart.

The Crisis as a Period of Reflection

The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is using the crisis to question concepts, rethink exhibitions and make stored collections accessible.

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Albertinum Lichthof in Dresden

A Platform for Social Discourse

Upholding the international spirit against nationalism and racism. For Marion Ackermann, General Director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, this is one of the most important ...

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German Pavilion Biennale

What does 'Curating' mean Today?

The role of the curator has changed over the decades. The art historian Annette von Tietenberg has been working on modern exhibition work challenges as part of ifa’s Research Programme ...

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Window Project

A Human Space

Window Project Contemporary Art Space in Tbilisi embraced more digital tools through lockdown, but remains committed to a democratic physical space of social and artistic encounter.

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Exterior view of ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe

An Observatory, a Laboratory, a Learning Environment

For Peter Weibel, Chairman of the ZKM in Karlsruhe, a museum is not only a place of perception, it is also a place of production and an alternative to the mainstream. According to him, ...

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