Dear colleagues,


How resilient must museums be these days? Since we have been forced to live and work under the conditions of a global pandemic, museums have faced ongoing challenges. Resilience implies both the ability to endure as well as the willingness to adapt one’s own behaviour to a new situation. Museums have been doing this in different ways since the state of exception began almost one year ago.


We turn our attention to these processes when we ask what effects have resulted from the re-evaluation of digital formats and alternative forms of contact with visitors in our museums. Together with you, we would like to discuss some new developments we have observed, such as an increase in interdepartmental communication channels and a closer integration of expertise and methods of cultural education in digital museum practice. Education will also be a central theme this year in a broader sense when we consider potential ways of documenting and visualising its mostly ephemeral formats and practices. We will also address current trends when we examine how museums react to the climate crisis, and what strategies they can develop to encourage others to take action.


Another of this year’s focuses is the never-ending search for new ways to deal with forms of social remembrance in our museum practice. On an excursion to Munich, we will trace the inscriptions of history in public space and contemplate how these can act as places of learning and remembrance. We will consider what role objectivity, descriptiveness, or sensitivity play in the teaching of history as part of a discussion on contemporary perspectives on Holocaust education. And, finally, we will explore the polyphony of historical experience in dealing with contemporary witnesses when we examine the specific potential of integrating voices that would otherwise remain unheard.


But perhaps you would also like to participate in a discussion on the importance of hearing in exhibitions, the potential of postcards in museum work, or join us in the Humboldt Forum to discuss questions of institutional identity.


We, as the Museumsakademie, are also trying to remain resilient. We have planned this year’s events in such a way that some will take place in digital form and others in person: while we would like to conduct our discussion via video conference until the end of spring, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to meet again in person in early summer and autumn and share a cup of coffee face-to-face between exciting talks and inputs.


With this in mind, we look forward to many different forms of communication, mutual learning, and rewarding cooperation.



For the Museumsakademie,

Karoline Boehm, Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen and Eva Tropper

Constantin Luser, H7: Gute Aussichten / Schiffbruch, 2015, Foto: Manuel Carreon Lopez ©

Programme 2021

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