Galerie für Zeitgenossische Kunst (Museum of Contemporary Art)
The programme planned for the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010 and 2011 deals with the task carried out by art and art institutions in society and how this relates to the opposing poles of artistic autonomy, social significance and the appropriation of art. However the commission for art can not be equaled to commissioned art. At the forefront of the debate is the social value of art, of artists and art institutions. In various modules, which are to be understood as a set of questions instead of conclusions, the focus in 2010 is firmly placed on the possible tasks the institution performs as a mediator between artistic agendas and social demands. And since the latter does not limit itself to the field of art, an interdisciplinary approach will be adopted. Art connects, among many other things, with questions of education, economics and cultural policy.
In 2010 special emphasis is put on the New Patrons project in which groups with a particular interest in art get to articulate their expectations of art and artists to the Museum of Contemporary Art. This may involve such disparate parties as associations, groups of work colleagues or villagers. The institution takes up the role of the mediator and suggests an artist for the respective task. The artist then comes up with possible solutions and brings his or her own interests and professional experience to the table. The ideal scenario is one in which the two sides not only get to know each other better, but also exchange their set of expectations and suggestions and approach the respective task on a mutual basis.
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