Exhibitions ideally function as social events that many people wish to take part in, but without compromising the cultural and intellectual integrity of art. Museums are centres of research and scholarship, whereby I consider the presentation and collection of art and the practice of art-historical research to be the three main areas of responsibility.
Museums represent heritage and tradition as they operate within the historical context of a collection that has been assembled over a long period of time. I find it both interesting and challenging to rearrange and display the museum’s permanent collection on a regular basis. Entire sections of the collection or individual artworks that have been tucked away in storage for years can be viewed in a very different light when they are presented in different constellations or linked in unusual ways to other parts of the collection. Such a ‘playful’ approach (in a positive sense) to displaying the collection leads to greater experimentation, new interpretations and possible regroupings.
Exploring the factual realities of life behind the artworks conveys a sense of personal history or the history of our world, and this can be just as inspiring as addressing contemporary reality. The exhibitions and programmes at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart are aimed at establishing links from the past through the present into the future.
(Ulrike Groos, 2011)