Generosity is not a Substitute for Justice

Generosity is not a Substitute for Justice

For many institutions the relationship to their sponsors is benevolent and productive, for others however, the pleasing of sponsors becomes a delicate management of compromises. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you, right? But what does this dependent position do to the autonomy of cultural institutions, education or journalism?

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On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

People often ask what I mean if I say that the private is political. It means for me that we develop beliefs and thought patterns based on our private experiences, it means that we will engage more passionately with experiences that we share and it also means that we need more radical empathy in a time that can feel like we are so different. So here I am taking a bold step and walking the talk...

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Museums Are Not Neutral

Museums Are Not Neutral

The online dictionary Merriam-Webster defines neutrality as "the quality or state of not supporting either side in an argument, fight, war, etc. : the quality or state of being neutral". The question is whether institutions who deal with primary sources, historical and contemporary narratives and a culture that decides which discourses get public attention should engage in neutrality? My opinion is that Museums are not neutral.

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The Myth of Museum Neutrality

The Myth of Museum Neutrality

Museums have to define their role within society to remain significant in the future. In the past museums were temples where knowledge was preserved and education was the highest value. This might still be a big asset, but with this purpose comes the voice of institutional authority, that does not facilitate a dialogue with the people visiting the museum. Museums are facing a shift in visitors engagement, storytelling, institutional organization, and what in means to be a successful museum.

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