Systemically Important ? - impromptu exhibition with current statements on the topic of crisis and art from the late Middle Ages to the present day: isolated works meet isolated viewers – here the “social distancing” requirements translated to the museum presentation. 

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Kunsthalle decided not to return to business as usual after the relaxation of restrictions. Instead, we will critically monitor the social consequences of the corona crisis.

30th June - 27th September 2020
Admission is free! - please check the regulations for your visit during the Covis-19

“Systemic Importance” seems to be the measure of things during the Covid-19 pandemic. But what would a society look like where everything non-systemically important is dwindling away?

The term “systemic importance” originates from financial policy. Under the impact of the pandemic, its meaning expanded to all those sectors and professional groups that ensure the supply of essential goods and services to the communities, for example in the areas of food, health, public safety, logistics or energy.

This has created quite a problematic criterion for differentiation, which contains the potential to constitute a valuation and to evoke social divisions. For “systemic importance” always implies its downside: “systemic un-importance”, that is to say everything that is considered dispensable. But what would a society look like if everything “systemically un-important” – stories and humour, fashion, sports shows and favourite playlists, questions of existence and broadening one’s horizon – was dwindling away?

The “systemically important” professions ensure that we live. How we live is being decided elsewhere … Systemically Important? is an improvised exhibition with art from the late Middle Ages to the present day and current statements on the topic of crisis: isolated works meet isolated viewers – here the “social distancing” requirements translate to the museum presentation. > more

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Hans-Thoma-Straße 2-6
76133 Karlsruhe
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Art Thoughts - podcast (German)
virtual interviews with Florian Trott (German)  

Episode 1 -  the director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Prof. Dr. Pia Müller-Tamm on the current situation, her vision of the museum and much more

Episode 2 -  Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office about the challenges for museums and cultural policy as well as the opportunities of digitization for art and democratization

Episode 3 - Yilmaz Dziewior, Director of the Museum Ludwig and curator of the upcoming Biennale about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the museum institution, the museum's mandate to the collection, how he is approaching his role as curator of the upcoming Venice Biennale

Episode 4 - the artist Karin Sander talks about whether art can be made audible, whether art can be taught and how the Covid 19 pandemic is changing art

Episode 5  - the  State Secretary Petra Olschowski about her view of the opportunities the digitalization offers for museums, her view of the position of women in the cultural sector, her vision of museums

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