Abhängen statt aufhängen? – Museum Spaces and the New Ethics of Communitization

A contribution by Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg

Professor of art theory and staging practice as well as academic director of artsprogram at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Impulse lecture within the framework of the symposium
Yesterday. Today! Tomorrow?
From the museum of late modernism, its history and its future, monument protection, the “third place” or climate box versus climate crisis.
Part II, September 1 + 2, 2023
What next? More and more is not enough. Best Practices in Dealing with Redevelopment, Expansion, Rededication in Reflection of the Third Place’s Expanded Museum Function.

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FoundationClass, Documenta fifteen, Hafenstraße
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Documenta 15, ruruHaus Kassel

Abhängen statt aufhängen? – Museum spaces and the new ethics of communion Museums have long been more than places for exhibiting and showing works of art. With the beginning of the 21st century, they have increasingly become platforms for exchange, in which very unique forms of encounter have developed. This has also changed the demands on architecture. The lecture presents some examples from recent years that are exemplary for this development.

You can watch the recording of the entire talk here.

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Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg, Photo: Lorenz Widmaier

Karen van den Berg has held the Chair of Art Theory & Staging Practice at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen since 2003 and has been the academic director of artsprogram there since 2006. Teaching and guest residencies have taken her to the Chinati Foundation in Texas, the University of Witten/Herdecke, Stanford University, and the IKKM at Bauhaus University Weimar, among others. Van den Berg’s research focuses on art and politics; socially engaged art; the theory and history of exhibiting; museum architecture; and studio research.

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