Martin Roth Symposium

What can culture do? 

22 – 23 June 2018 | Berlin

Martin Roth, Foto:

This symposium will bring together leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors to share ideas and future scenarios close to Martin Roth’s work and convictions. The participants will showcase good practice and address challenges, opening space for controversial views and generating new energy for international cultural politics.
The panels will address a number of areas where Martin Roth made successful, provocative contributions: How to make museums more transparent and connected? How to use culture and design to build bridges between societies? How to respect national heritage without falling into the trap of nationalist attitudes? And last but not least, how to cherish the disobedience of objects, their ability to break out of the boundaries we place upon them and take on a life of their own?
Join us to honour and commemorate the legacy of one of the most innovative museum directors and cultural policy makers: Martin Roth.

Preliminary programme in short

Friday, 22 June 2018 

14:00 – Admission and registration

15:00–19:00 – Conference / Session 1

National treasures without nationalism

At the end of the conference day, we are pleased to invite you to a dinner reception

Saturday, 23 June 2018

11:00 – Admission and registration

12:00-19:15 – Conference / Sessions 2 – 4

Turning the museum inside out

Open societies: Design for dissent

International Cooperations – power and/or responsibility

19:30 – 21:00
At the end of the conference we are pleased to invite you to a festive dinner

21:00 – Music main stage

End of the symposium

The conference language is English

Confirmed speakers

Suay Aksoy, President, ICOM
Melissa Chiu, Director, Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Nico Daswani, Head of Arts and Culture, World Economic Forum
Kurt Huebner, Professor of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada
Sunil Khilnani, Professor of Sociology, Director King's College India Institute in London (formerly), author of Incarnations
Wim Pijbes, Managing Director, Foundation Dream and Do
Zelfira Tregulova, Director, State Tretyakov Gallery
Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ma Yansong, Architect, MAD architects

Conference venue

Kraftwerk, Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin

Please note

  • There are very few parking spaces at the conference venue Kraftwerk,
  • Catering during the conference will be taken care of by the organiser,
  • For safety reasons, please bring no bags larger than an A4 size piece of paper.

Registration for Speakers

Please use the link sent by the ifa via e-mail

Registration for Participants


The hotel Catalonia Berlin Mitte is located on Köpenicker Straße 80-82 in Berlin's Mitte district, facing the Heinrich Heine underground station (Line: U8) and a 5 minute walk from Jannowitzbrücke S-Bahn station. It is only a 4 minute walk from the conference venue 'Kraftwerk Berlin'.
The hotel offers a special rate for our conference participants: Single room 110 € / double room 130 € per room and night including breakfast service and vat.
For reservation please e-mail the hotel by 8 June 2018 at the latest using the reservation code 9615971/MARS: berlinmitte.reservierung(at)
To guaranty the reservation the hotel needs a credit card.

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With generous support from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

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