Event Title

Strategies of curating and collecting in the age of new museum ethics

Location

Lingnan University / Online Session via Zoom

Start Date

21-5-2021 11:10 AM

End Date

21-5-2021 12:40 PM

Description

Calls for cultural diversity, postcolonial museology, and the decolonization of art institutions are the hallmarks of a changed social development that is massively challenging the museum's monopoly on sovereignty, and increasingly impacting collecting works of art and curating of exhibitions. These developments of upheaval are intensified by a consumer-oriented event culture, which has discovered the museum as a playground, as well as by the increasing dependence of museums on the latest technological developments. The current situation of the pandemic exacerbates the problems, so that the following questions arise: What consequences do these changed parameters have for curating exhibitions and for collecting works of art? To what extent are curators forced to submit to the rampant and often counterproductive political correctness in their work? Or, to put it another way: What opportunities do the new upheavals offer for an exhibition and collection policy that is marked by a New Museum Ethics? Which guiding models and strategies can be developed for exhibitions in the 21st century?

Using the example of the various curatorial strategies that have been developed for the exhibitions (1.) The Age of Experience (Hong Kong 2015, Vienna 2016), (2.) Tobias Klein. Metamorphosis or Confrontation (Hong Kong 2020) and (3.) Future Memories. Utopia Dystopia Nature (Hong Kong 2021), I would like to explain how the different elements of an exhibition were brought together with the curator's objectives to create a rich spectrum of experiences for participatory visitors and to meet the new demands of the 21st century.

Recommended Citation

Kraemer, H. P. (2021, May). Strategies of curating and collecting in the age of new museum ethics. Presented at Then and Now: Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia Conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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May 21st, 11:10 AM May 21st, 12:40 PM

Strategies of curating and collecting in the age of new museum ethics

Lingnan University / Online Session via Zoom

Calls for cultural diversity, postcolonial museology, and the decolonization of art institutions are the hallmarks of a changed social development that is massively challenging the museum's monopoly on sovereignty, and increasingly impacting collecting works of art and curating of exhibitions. These developments of upheaval are intensified by a consumer-oriented event culture, which has discovered the museum as a playground, as well as by the increasing dependence of museums on the latest technological developments. The current situation of the pandemic exacerbates the problems, so that the following questions arise: What consequences do these changed parameters have for curating exhibitions and for collecting works of art? To what extent are curators forced to submit to the rampant and often counterproductive political correctness in their work? Or, to put it another way: What opportunities do the new upheavals offer for an exhibition and collection policy that is marked by a New Museum Ethics? Which guiding models and strategies can be developed for exhibitions in the 21st century?

Using the example of the various curatorial strategies that have been developed for the exhibitions (1.) The Age of Experience (Hong Kong 2015, Vienna 2016), (2.) Tobias Klein. Metamorphosis or Confrontation (Hong Kong 2020) and (3.) Future Memories. Utopia Dystopia Nature (Hong Kong 2021), I would like to explain how the different elements of an exhibition were brought together with the curator's objectives to create a rich spectrum of experiences for participatory visitors and to meet the new demands of the 21st century.