March 23, 2015 - Kunsthalle Wien - "Curatorial Ethics"
March 23, 2015

"Curatorial Ethics"

© Kunsthalle Wien 2015.

“Curatorial Ethics”
9–11 April 2015

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
Treitlstrasse 2
1040 Vienna
Hours: Thursday 6–8pm, 
Friday–Saturday 2–8pm 
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The verb “curate” derives from the Latin curare and means to attend to something and thus to take responsibility—for an exhibition, for the artists participating in it, for the works presented, for audience didactics. In the business world, the “code of ethics” acknowledges the need for guidelines to safeguard against the inherent rapacity of commerce. Likewise, a record 51 billion EUR in art market sales in 2014 casts the curatorial field in new light. Important parameters are shifting. We are seeing subtle but lasting changes in the relationship between public and private collections, together with the role PR plays in the perception of the latter, in the relationship between the institutional art establishment and the art market, between artists and collectors, and finally in the relationship between curators and artists.

The imperative is now to talk about a curatorial code of ethics: where are the boundaries between public and private, what grey areas cloud thinking, and how best to protect the interests of artists? The point of departure for this multi-day symposium, in which international representatives from 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 issues exist so that possible solutions can be more clearly sought after.

With (amongst others) 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); Nicolas Bourriaud (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris); 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); 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)

Concept: Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

Katharina Murschetz: T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1221 / katharina.murschetz [​at​] 
Stefanie Obermeir: T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1224 / presse [​at​]

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