Episodes


Museal Episode. Photo: Marcelo Resende

Museal Episode – on the global future of museums

A series of events organized by Goethe-Institut and by the German Federal Cultural Foundation​

Do museums today continue to be appropriate spaces for the presentation, documentation, mediation and archiving or even for interaction between observer and object? The ways in which we see museums and the manner in which they turn to society are in the process of transformation. At the center of this episode are new models, methods and architectures that transcend conventional approaches to the topic.

The episode promotes the exchange of thought linked to practical initiatives and examples of restructuring and reform, contributing thus to be able to better define the challenges to be confronted by the museums of the future and to implement concrete projects.
Museum directors, curators and professionals involved in related industries from several countries who are devoted to the debate on the subject are invited to participate in a gathering. A total of ten to fourteen persons meet five times over a period of three years in different places in order to develop new models of presentation, mediation and dialog. The idea is to generate an exchange of knowledge and ideas from the South to the North and vice-versa.

The episode promotes the exchange of thought linked to practical initiatives and examples of restructuring and reform, contributing thus to be able to better define the challenges to be confronted by the museums of the future and to implement concrete projects.

The first event took place in October 2015, at the Museum of Modern Art of Salvador, with the theme Bring your museum to my museum. The second event occurred in the cities of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Paz, in Bolivia, between end April and beginning May 2016, taking as its theme the Museum as workshop: connecting communities and non-urban spaces. The third event happened in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, in South Africa, in January 2017, inspired by the provocative notion of Museumifying memories and histories. The fourth and last event was carried out in Athens, in July 2017, at the same time as documenta 14. During this final phase of the project, participants discussed the theme Excavating the future.​

Download SymbolReport Salvador (PDF 4,45 MB)
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To the slide show - "Imagens". Fotos: Caroline Paternostro.
To the slide show - "Desenhos e esquemas". Illustrations: Bruno Marcello.









South Africa, 2017, Musealization of memories and ideas [video]




Athens, 2017, Digging into the future [video]






Zdenka Badovinac

Director of the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art

Slovenia

Director of the Moderna Galerija, the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art, since 1993, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Slovenian and international artists. She is also one of the participants in the Museal Episode project.

Pablo Lafuente

Writer, researcher and curator

Brazil

Joined the curatorial team for the 31st Biennial of São Paulo in 2014. Prior to that, he was an editor for Afterall Journal and of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories Series, as well as a Reader at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. From 2008 to 2013 he was also associate curator at the Office for Contemporary Norwegian Art in Oslo. He is a participant in the Museal Episode.


Reem Fadda

Associate Curator at the Guggenheim

USA / UAE

Reem Fadda joined the Guggenheim in 2010 as Associate Curator for the Middle Eastern Art at Abu Dhabi Project. In 2009, she organized the Riwaq Biennial in Ramallah with Charles Esche. She participates in the Museal Episode.


Victoria Noorthoorn

Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires

Argentina

Served as Projects Coordinator of the International Program at MoMA, New York, as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York, and as Curator of the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Malba – Costantini Foundation). Amongst other curatorial positions, she was the curator of the 11th Biennial of Lyon in 2011. She is also one of the participants in the Museal Episode.


Övül Durmusoglu

Curator and writer

Turkey / Germany

Obtained an MFA at Sabanci University, Istanbul, and participated in the Critical Studies program at Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. As a Goethe Institute fellow, she participated in the Maybe Education and Public Programs of dOCUMENTA (13). She is also a participant in the Museal Episode.


Nydia Gutiérrez

Chief Curator of the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín

Colombia

Holds degrees in architecture and museology from Javeriana University, Bogotá, and JFK University, San Francisco. She is professor of curating in the Master’s Degree program in museology at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. In addition, she was Chief Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, Venezuela. She is a participant in the Museal Episode.


Marina Fokidis

Artistic director of Kunsthalle Athena

Greece

Marina Fokidis was one of the curators of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial (2011); she also curated the Greek Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennial (2003). She currently occupies the position of Head of the Artistic Office in Athens for documenta 14. She is one of the participants in the Museal Episode.


Gabi Ngcobo

Curator and artist

South Africa

Is one of the co-founders of the collaborative platform Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR) and a faculty member at the Wits University School of Arts. She will join the curatorial team for the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo in 2016. She is also one of the participants in the Museal Episode.


Klaus Görner

Curator at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main

Germany

Klaus Görner studied philosophy, art history, and German literature in Frankfurt am M. and Basel. Since 2002, he has been a curator at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main.


Marion Ackermann

Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen

Germany

Marion Ackermann is director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen. Between 2003 and 2009 she directed the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Besides many exhibitions she generated numerous projects with young artists.


Marcelo Rezende

Director of the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM-BA)

Brazil

Marcelo Rezende is director of the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM-BA) and is going to host the first meeting of the museal episode. Besides his position in the MAM, he also works as a writer, critic and curator. In 2014, he was the chef curator of the 3rd Biennal da Bahia.


Natalia Majluf

Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima

Peru

Natalia Majluf has been Head Curator of the Museo de Arte de Lima (1995-2001) and since 2002 is Director of the same institution. She has curated exhibitions, lectured and published broadly on nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American art.


Matthias Mühling

Director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich

Germany

Since 2014 Matthias Mühling has been director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich. He studied art history, theater, film and television studies in Bochum and Münster. He teaches at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.


Hermann Parzinger

President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Germany

Hermann Parzinger has been President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) since 2008. Today he directs several excavation and research projects in Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Iran. He has received numerous national and international prizes.


Luiza Proença

curator

São Paulo

Luiza Proença is curator of exhibitions and public programs of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). Previously she was associate curator of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (2014) and editor of publications of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul I Porto Alegre (2013). She was part of the art criticism group at Centro Cultural São Paulo and a participant in the Independent Study Program at Escola São Paulo.


Uta Schnell

curator

Germany

Uta Schnell studied Applied Cultural Sciences in Hildesheim and London. She teached at University Hildesheim and concurrently co-directed the European theatre festival transeuropa. Since 2002 she acts as a curator at the German Federal Cultural Foundation in charge of programme development and conception.


Anna-Catharina Gebbers

curator

Germany

Anna-Catharina Gebbers is curator at Hamburger Bahnhof. Besides she’s hosting exhibitions at her own space called “Bibliothekswohnung” in Mitte, and co-curated the Christoph Schlingensief retrospective at KW-Berlin.  


Hortensia Völckers

Member of the Executive Board of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Germany

With the Federal Cultural Foundation, she has developed numerous programmes which promote international cultural exchange and discourse on socially relevant issues, such as migration, shrinking cities and the future of labour.


Fabio Cypriano

Journalist

Brazil

He has a PhD in Communication and Semiotics from PUC-SP, where he coordinates the course Art: History, Criticism and Curatorship. A researcher in the History of Exhibitions, he is also an art critic for Folha de S. Paulo.


Susanne Gaensheimer

Teacher

Germany

Director of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2013 she has also been teaching at the Institute of Art History at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

Conceived and organized by Goethe-Institute
A series of events of the Goethe-Institut and of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
Partner: Museum of Modern Art, Salvador