The public museum as a monument

A contribution by Dr. Andrea Lissoni

artistic director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich

Impulse lecture within the framework of the symposium
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Part I, April 21 + 22, 2023
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Front view oft the Haus der Kunst in Munich

The public museum as a monument

Haus der Kunst is a contemporary art institution without collection inhabiting a monumental building whose identity swindles between many layers of memory, a past and a recent history, and the daily unfolding of a programme projected towards the future.

In the historical moment when public monuments are dramatically challenged, and bridging the recent past with the present-future of Haus der Kunst, the lecture shares the question: can a public art institution represent the ideal transforming and transformative monument?

A lawn with a few trees in front of a white stone building. From the center of the picture a water mist spreads over the scene.
Fujiko Nakaya "Mist Life" installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2022, Photo: Andrea Rossetti
In the photo there are huge red balloon flowers and green leaves behind a row of trees. They are attached to the roof of a large stone building with columns.
Art installation "Flowers Inflatable" by Paul McCarthy, 2005, in front of the Haus der Kunst Munich

You can watch the recording of the entire talk here.

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Dr. Andrea Lissoni

Andrea Lissoni, PhD, is since 2020 the Artistic Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich. Based on transdisciplinary approach in which all strands are deeply connected, his programme for Haus der Kunst started in April 2022. Previously he was Senior Curator, International Art (Film) at Tate Modern, London, and Curator at HangarBicocca, Milan. At Tate, he initiated and co-curated new exhibition formats such as the 2017 and 2018 live exhibition, collection presentation, and live program at the opening of the new building in 2016, and curated Philippe Parreno’s 2016 Turbine Hall Commission and survey exhibitions on artists Joan Jonas and Bruce Nauman.

His research addresses liveness, cinematic aspects in time-based artworks, the perception of time, and forms of transmission, exchange, and engagement in contemporary art. He explores these through transdisciplinary approaches to exhibition design, focusing on artistic contexts in non-dominant cultures and subcultures, including music and sound in particular.

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