Das Forum Kunst und Markt an der TU Berlin widmet sich in seiner Arbeit dem Phänomen der Verflechtung von Kunsthandel, Mäzenatentum und Kunstproduktion, aber auch -präsentation. 2017 widmet es sich in einem internationalen Symposium dem Phänomen des privaten Museums. Einsendeschluss für Abstracts: 30. April 2017.
The history of state or public museums has been the focus of numerous symposiums and publications. Yet astonishingly little research has considered private museums, even though the number of private art museums has risen dramatically over the past two decades. According to the International Council of Museums (ICOM), there are now more private museum spaces in the world than public ones. The majority of these museums are in China, South Korea, the US and Germany, though private museums have been established also in Benin, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, India, Japan, Cameroon, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, among other countries.
Alongside spectacularly designed venues that frequently draw international attention with their exhibition openings, events and acquisition politics, there are museum complexes that have a more regional focus, or operate with limited economic power. Others bridge regional and global concerns, needs or ambitions. At this year’s international symposium of the Centre for Art Market Studies at TU Berlin – organized in cooperation with the Forum Transregionale Studien and its research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices – participants will be exploring the background, mechanisms and consequences of a phenomenon that may be referred to as the “global power of private museums”:
The symposium will focus on privately-funded art museums which are run by individuals, private foundations, associations or companies, with publicly accessible collections in any country or region of the world. The artworks in these collections may range from ancient artefacts to contemporary art.
The conference language is English. Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, and preference will be given to proposals that stimulate dialogue and engage with broader topics. Please send proposals (max. 300 words) with a short academic CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2017. Financial assistance with travel expenses for speakers may be available (subject to grant approval).
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2017