Dear colleagues,


Looking at the museum as a system inevitably leads to questions about its functions, dynamics, and structures. This year’s programme is devoted once again to these design aspects and an examination of the specific characteristics of and challenges facing contemporary museum work and production. True to the motto ‘take the terror out of error,’ we will experiment with new forms and formats, for example, when we examine the traditional separation of spheres of expertise between curators and educators and reflect on new strategies for collaborating in interdisciplinary teams. We will also focus on new forms when we look at how museums deal with a contemporary social phenomenon, namely the availability of unprecedented amounts of data. Plus, there is the question of what new possibilities are emerging in exhibition spaces, in terms of visualisation, narration, and scenography, because of this trend—accompanied by new forms of cooperation.


The museum as a system thus finds itself in transition—both inside and out. Museums today are faced with the challenge of making the work they do visible, designing specific settings for the acquisition of knowledge, initiating dialogues, and involving people in the examination of both history and the present. On two excursions, to London and Milan, we will look at strategies and ways of gaining relevance in societies that could be described as extremely diverse, but also crisis-ridden. The discovery of a plurality of lifestyles and experiences of the world leads us at the same time to different interventions in collective memory. We will focus and reflect on how the diversity and historicity of queer desire and alternative gender images can be made more visible in the museum through the use of collections, exhibitions, and educational activities. We will map the many voices and heterogeneous field of the debate on religion and examine the roles—between inclusion, knowledge transfer, and conflict moderation—that museums play today. 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.


As a platform that seeks out new topics and thus explores, the Museumsakademie is chiefly characterised by the attempt to reflect on strategies and methods of museum practice and examine whether they are still up to date. We would be delighted if you choose to join us, take advantage of our programmes, and enrich our conversations with your thoughts, experiences, and open questions.



On behalf of the Museumsakademie

Karoline Boehm, Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen, and Eva Tropper

Constantin Luser, Molekularorgel (Detail), 2010, Foto: Markus Rössle

Programme 2020

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