[artinfo] Kunsthalle Wien presents "Curatorial Ethics"

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Kunsthalle Wien

"Curatorial Ethics"
9-11 April 2015

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
Treitlstrasse 2
1040 Vienna
Hours: Thursday 6-8pm, 
Friday-Saturday 2-8pm


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 Jablonskienò 
(Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius); 
Catrin Lorch (Süddeutsche Zeitung); Tom McDonough 
(Comparative Literature, Binghamton University), 
Deimantas Narkeviãius (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 / 

Concept: Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen

Katharina Murschetz: T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1221 / 
<mailto:katharina.murschetz at kunsthallewien.at>katharina.murschetz at kunsthallewien.at 

Stefanie Obermeir: T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1224 / 
<mailto:presse at kunsthallewien.at>presse at kunsthallewien.at

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