On April 21, our PI Dr. Andrea Meyer will speak together with Dr. Sabine Beneke at the Symposium HALBwertZeit organized by the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Their lecture is entitled Sicher gestellt, verwahrt und verwaltet. Zum Umgang mit den Sammlungen zeitgenössischer deutscher Kunst des „Dritten Reichs“ ("Secured, Stored and Managed. Dealing with the Collections of Contemporary German Art of the 'Third Reich'").
The symposium addresses the reasons and circumstances that lead to the assessment that a collection has 'expired'. It deals with the discourses and measures that re-establish its relevance, but also examines the circumstances that can prevent such a process and subsequently lead to the division, dissolution, or destruction of a collection. The focus is on both public and private collections. Specific examples from different areas will be presented in order to make clear that collections are not closed entities. They are also subject to social change, which they document, illustrate and reflect. The discussions accompanying the lectures will therefore also explore the question of how the often entrenched collection structures can be broken up and a living collection can emerge. With the means of the scientific symposium perspectives are to be opened and impulses are to be given, in order to develop new approaches and to pursue innovative ways.
Further information and the program can be found under here.