Curatorial Ethics

9/4 2015 — 11/4 2015 

The verb ‘curate’ derives from the Latin curare and means to attend to something and thus also to take responsibility – for an exhibition, for the participating artists, for the works etc. In the business world the code of ethics, which defines what is legitimate and what is not, is becoming ever more important. In the curatorial field too, important parameters have been shifting in recent years. We have seen subtle but lasting changes in the relationship between public and private collections, together with the handling of the latter, in the relationship between the institutional art establishment and the art market, and finally in the relationship between curators and artists.
So the time is ripe to talk about a curatorial code of ethics: where are the boundaries, what are the grey areas? The point of departure for this three-day conference, in which international representatives of various sectors of the art world will present their viewpoints, is not so much to discuss deficiencies and problems, but instead to fundamentally acknowledge that these exist.

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With Pernille Albrethsen („Kunstkritikk“, Copenhagen); Defne Ayas (Witte de With, Rotterdam); John Beeson (Art critic, Berlin); Lorenzo Benedetti (De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam); Tobia Bezzola (Folkwang Museum, Essen); Beatrice von Bismarck (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig); Eva Blimlinger (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna); Matti Bunzl (Wien Museum); Bart de Baere (MUHKA, Antwerp / 6th Moscow Biennale); Clémentine Deliss (Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main); Fulya Erdemci (13th Istanbul Biennale); Harald Falckenberg (Private collector, Hamburg); Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin); Zoë Gray (WIELS, Brussels); Jörg Heiser (Frieze, Berlin); Nikolaus Hirsch (Architect and Curator, Frankfurt am Main); Lolita Jablonskienė (Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius); Catrin Lorch (Süddeutsche Zeitung); Tom McDonough (Comparative Literature, Binghamton University), Deimantas Narkevičius (Artist, Vilnius); Olaf Nicolai (Artist); Peter Pakesch (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz); Susanne Pfeffer (Fridericianum, Kassel); Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt am Main); Eva Maria Stadler (University of Applied Arts Vienna); Barbara Steiner (Curator); Monika Szewczyk (Documenta 14); Julia Voss (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung); Markus Weisbeck (Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar / Surface)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
6 pm: Introduction
Vanessa Joan Müller & Nicolaus Schafhausen

7 pm: Total Economization of the Art World
Nikolaus Hirsch, Tom McDonough, Deimantas Narkevičius, Monika Szewczyk (en)

8 pm: The Imperative of Responsibility
Art and Ethics: New Values for the Field of Art

Susanne Pfeffer, Barbara Steiner, Julia Voss (de)

Friday, April 10, 2015
2 pm: Where to, Vienna?
Eva Blimlinger, Matti Bunzl (de)

3 pm: New Ways: Private Money and Public Institutions
Tobia Bezzola, Catrin Lorch, Peter Pakesch (de)

4 pm: Ambitioned vs. Instrument
John Beeson, Fabian Schöneich (en)

5 pm: Profession: Curator
Lorenzo Benedetti, Beatrice von Bismarck (de/en)

6 pm: Art as Luxury Commodity?
Harald Falckenberg, Julia Voss (de)

7 pm: Art and National Representation
Lolita Jablonskienė, Tom McDonough (en)

Saturday April 11, 2015
2 pm: Critical Affirmation / Media between Affirmation and Critique
Pernille Albrethsen, Jörg Heiser (en)

3 pm: To Produce, To Exhibit, To Market: Artproduction today
Catrin Lorch, Eva Maria Stadler, Markus Weisbeck (de)

4 pm: Society of the Spectacle
Tom McDonough, Olaf Nicolai (en)

5 pm: Art, Politics and Society
Defne Ayas, Bart de Baere, Fulya Erdemci, Nikolaus Hirsch (en)

6:30 pm: Criticality in Crisis
Clémentine Deliss, Anselm Franke, Monika Szewczyk (en)


Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

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    Dates and Tickets

    Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
    Friday, April 10, 2015, 2 – 8 pm
    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2 – 8 pm

    2 Day Ticket EUR 20, reduced EUR 15
    Day Ticket EUR 15, reduced EUR 10
    Free entry on opening night!

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