Dear colleagues,



Over the past 17 years of its existence, the Museumsakademie Joanneum has been witness to fundamental changes regarding the institution of the museum and its embeddedness in a media and knowledge society marked by upheavals. In view of prolonged periods of crisis, a self-examination of the museum is now more crucial than ever: What might the mission and the contribution of museums be in a situation where there is deep social uncertainty? What guidance can they provide? And how can they reach a 21st century audience?


With regard to the relevance of what we do, we would like to reflect this year on new forms of collaboration with the stakeholders of a socio-political debate when we discuss potential synergies as well as challenges in the ever more relevant relationship between museums and activism. Museums are thereby increasingly cooperating with activists on the topics of decolonialisation, climate activism, or digitalisation. We will also discuss what it means to go beyond the traditional boundaries of the museum and reach out to other partners when we consider another field, namely that of the rural region. We will examine how smaller museums can be relevant to people locally, and how they can act as forums for a new culture of dialogue in society. And we will also raise the question of the socio-political relevance of museums when we consider and discuss how the concept of work is changing due to care work, and how these approaches can challenge and expand previous notions of work in museums.


This year we will deal with collecting as a field of museum work that has recently undergone a process of opening up and connecting through a consideration of contemporary art museums. We will discuss the importance today of moving past the focus on individual items and start collecting, contextualising, and linking in terms of references and relations. We will also deal with questions of collecting when we consider how museums handle Nazi art, i.e., items with a Nazi history. By looking at several museums, we will reflect on the responsibility museums have in dealing with the presence of the Nazi era in their collections. The Museumsakademie has always been committed to staying up to date on the latest developments in the field of museum practice. Specifically, we would like to explore these developments in more detail on our excursion to Berlin which will take us to new and newly reopened museums in the city and bring us face-to-face with future projects. Join us on an exploration and discussion of current developments. In this respect, we will also consider how to realise the potential of digital formats in the relationship between museums and schools, how comics can contribute to the design and education process in exhibitions, and how the museum can act as a “soundscape”.  


We hope that you will use our programme as an opportunity to get involved and interact with each other. Owing to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, this year’s events will be taking place in different formats including online, hybrid, and in-person. We wish you as well as us smooth sailing through the year and many new acquaintances that expand and enrich your horizons!



For the Museumsakademie,

Karoline Boehm, Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen, and Eva Tropper

Programme 2022

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