Hamburger Kunsthalle announces 15 Years of the Galerie der Gegenwart Symposium and Exhibition

Hamburger Kunsthalle hosts 15 Years of the Galerie der Gegenwart a Symposium. 8 September 2012, 11–17 and and Exhibition open 8 September 2012–30 April 2013.

Bruce Nauman (*1941), “Marching Man,” 1985.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Galerie der Gegenwart—a great reason to celebrate. Designed by Oswald Mathias Ungers, the Galerie der Gegenwart opened to the public in 1997 as a new section of the Hamburger Kunsthalle dedicated to contemporary art. Since then, with the generous support of artists, friends, sponsors and art foundations, the collection has grown continuously through select acquisitions and donations, and the Galerie der Gegenwart has developed into an internationally recognised museum of contemporary art. As part of our 15th anniversary celebration, we are hosting a one-day symposium entitled as part of our 15th anniversary celebrations.

Building, researching, maintaining and presenting a permanent collection are among the main tasks of any museum, but how can the collection be displayed in a meaningful and interesting way at a time when there is a growing trend towards ‘event’ exhibitions and mega-shows? Do changing displays of selected works from the collection provide a possible solution? What impact does this have on artists’ rooms and site-specific or in-situ works that have become focal points of the museum? provides a platform for debate on these and other related issues. At this symposium, leading museum experts, artists, art critics and art historians will examine the current situation and future prospects of contemporary art museums in the 21st century.

To mark the anniversary, a new collection display entitled 15 Years of the Galerie der Gegenwart will be opened on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum. The Galerie der Gegenwart’s collection includes major bodies of work by Sophie Calle, Roni Horn, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Schütte, Andreas Slominski, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol and many other leading artists, and these works are supplemented by long-term loans from major private collections that have been closely associated with the Galerie der Gegenwart for many years. The new display provides fascinating insight into the collection with its highly diverse artworks, artists’ rooms, new acquisitions and donations.

Curators of the collection display and organizers of the symposium: Dr. Brigitte Kölle and Dr. Petra Roettig.

Symposium program:
8 September, 11–5pm
Hubertus-Wald-Forum, Hamburger Kunsthalle
The contributions will be held in German. Previous registration is not necessary.

11–11.15: Introduction
Dr. Brigitte Kölle / Dr. Petra Roettig
Heads of Contemporary Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle

11.15–12: Lecture
The work that cannot be dislocated. Some guidelines during the installation of art at the Galerie der Gegenwart
Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede
Former Director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle

12–13: Lecture
Keeping another way. The museum as a site of difference
Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg
Director, Kunstmuseum Bonn

13–14: Lunch

14–14.45: Lecture
Artists’ rooms – The Museum as the site of the artists
Dr. Marion Ackermann
Artistic Director, Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

14.45–15.30: Round table
Featuring Móka Farkas, Berndt Jasper, Jan Köchermann, Alexandra Ranner
Presented by: Veronika Schöne

15.30–16: Coffee break

16–17: Discussion
Prof. Kasper König, Director, Museum Ludwig, Cologne looking back, in conversation with Jennifer Allen, art critic and editor-in-chief, frieze d/e

Hamburger Kunsthalle
20095 Hamburg, Germany

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