Scientific Serendipity and the Museum Without Objects

The 3rd Weber World Café in Berlin Dahlem

“Every question is allowed.” – This was the guiding principle. In the foyer of the Ethnologic Museum in Berlin Dahlem, about 95 people had come together for a special format of exchange. But rather than a symposium, it was more a kind of scientific speed dating, as there was no audience. All participants were about to take part in a discussion about “Museum, Power and Identity”, the title of the 3rd Weber World Café (WWC), held by the Max Weber foundation, the Forum Transregionale Studien in cooperation with ArtHistories and the Staatliche Museen Berlin.

In the opening of the event, the hosts used the metaphor of speed-dating to illustrate their motifs: While speed dating in general is about friendship and love between humans, this particular dating experience was about the relation between humans and objects and the museum. “Museums tell stories about these relations”, Viola König, director of the Ethnologic Museum, pointed out in her opening statement. Apart from the intention to reflect together on these relationships and establish new contacts, the Weber World Café intended to bring questions to the tables: What is the role of museums and aesthetic practices in society today? How can we display the scientific knowledge about objects on display? Why are we collecting?


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Transformationen. Museum und Kunstgeschichte

Review: Workshop | 13. & 14.02.2015
Kunsthistorischen Institut der Universität Bonn

Fr. 13.02.2015
Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Walter Grasskamp (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München)
„Das Museum, als erfolgreiche Fehlkonstruktion betrachtet – Wie man Folgekosten erwirbt, die man nie wieder los wird“
Prof. Grasskamp, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Kunstgeschichte an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München, bewegt sich seit Jahrzehnten im Feld der Museums- und Ausstellungsforschung. Er verfasste unter anderem die Publikationen „Museumsgründer und Museumsstürmer. Zur Sozialgeschichte des Kunstmuseums“, „Die unbewältigte Moderne. Kunst und Öffentlichkeit“, „André Malraux und das imaginäre Museum. Die Weltkunst im Salon“.

Sa. 14.02.2015 – Impuls-Statements & Roundtable-Gespräch
Leitung und Moderation: Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet, Dr. Martin Schmidl
Gäste: Prof. Dr. Walter Grasskamp (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München); Prof. Dr. Susanne Leeb (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg); Dr. Reinhard Spieler (Sprengel Museum Hannover); Dr. Tünde Vargam (Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest)

Mitglieder der Gruppe floorplan: Christoph Balzar, Jana Bauman, Benjamin Dodenhoff, Kristina Engels, Marie-Christin Gerwens-Voß, Janine Huge und Samia Ouladzahra

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