The 21st century Museum: A place where cultures meet?

120 minuten

Video On Demand: De Balie TV + De Balie Vimeo. How can museums build bridges both within and beyond societies? Museums over the world struggle to become more culturally diverse ranging from their visitors, programmes and exhibitions, to the management teams of museums and cultural organizations. How do museum professionals deal with this struggle? And how can museums – in Europe and the Arab world – build bridges both within and beyond societies? An interesting example is The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its doors for the first time at the end of 2017. The museum aimed at being a true ‘universal museum’ – a term that refers to famous museums with collections of art and cultural items from around the world. This is not a unique phenomenon. Western museums are increasingly looking to branch out to the Middle East. At the same time we also see an increasing interest in exhibitions with art from the Arab world in Europe, for example if we look at the Institute du monde arabe in Paris. Can we speak of an equal cultural exchange between Europe and the Arab world, which creates a greater mutual understanding between both parts of the world?

We will investigate these developments during a true cultural exchange, with cultural professionals both from Europe and the Arab World. Participants are amongst others:

Wim Pijbes – Emeritus General Director of the Rijksmuseum
Reem Fadda – Independent curator, based in Ramallah
Salama Al Shamsi – Senior Project Manager at Zayed National Museum at Department of Culture and Tourism
Hissa Al Dhaheri – Deputy Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi
Achim Borchardt-Hume – Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern

Moderated by: Lennart Booij

This programme is a part of the second edition of the Forum on European Culture: “Act for Democracy!”. At a time when the future of Europe is more uncertain than ever before, we bring together leading and inspiring artists, thinkers, economists and politicians during a 4-day interdisciplinary programme to discuss Europe and its future.

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This programme is made in collaboration with Patrick de Vries. This programme is free for members of We Are Public!  Let op! Dit programma vindt plaats in Theater Bellevue.