The international conference ‘What Art History?’ is dedicated to Piotr Piotrowski, winner of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory in 2010 and will be preceding the Igor Zabel Award 2016 ceremony. The conference is organised by the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory and ERSTE Foundation. Conference venue is the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, on Thursday, 8 December and 9 December.
The conference is organized in honour of Piotr Piotrowski and his in-depth art historical research on (modern) art from Eastern Europe. He worked as an art historian, professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, and was also director of the National Museum in Warsaw. Piotrowski was a collaborator of Moderna galerija as one of the advisors for the Arteast 2000+ collection, established by the Moderna galerija in 2000. For his scholarly achievements he received the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory in 2010.
The conference is related to two of Piotrowski’s concepts – horizontal and comparative (global) art history and the critical museum. It will be introduced and concluded with two key-note speeches, presented by two important figures in the contemporary art world, Okwui Enwezor, curator of documenta 11 and present director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Manuel Borja-Villel, director of Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.
What kind of art museum and art history are needed under the challenging contemporary conditions? That and more, will be discussed by renowned international curators and art historians in panels and keynote speeches on 8 December. Participants of the panels are: Edit András, Catherine David, Ekaterina Degot, Charles Esche, Beáta Hock, Tímea Junghaus, Peter Weibel, and WHW. On the second and last day of the conference, a keynote speech by Manuel Borja-Villel director, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid will be followed by a Q&A session and then conclude the conference around 11.30 am.
Piotrowski’s idea of a critical museum will serve as a starting point to re-think current problems related to museums, and re-consider the topical debates about global histories.
What Art History?
In memoriam Piotr Piotrowski
When: 8 December 2016, 10.00 – 18.00
9 December 2016, 10.00 – 11.30
Where: Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana
Participants: Edit András, Manuel Borja- Villel, Catherine David, Ekaterina Degot, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Beáta Hock, Tímea Junghaus, Magdalena Radosmka, Peter Weibel, WHW
Thursday, 8 December 2016, 10.00 – 18.00
10.00 – 10.05 welcome by Zdenka Badovinac (MG+MSUM), Urška Jurman (Igor Zabel Association), and Christiane Erharter (ERSTE Foundation)
10.05 – 10.20 introduction to the conference by Zdenka Badovinac, director, Moderna galerija
10.20 – 10.30 In Memory of Piotr Piotrowski by Magdalena Radomska, assistant professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
10.30 – 11.10 keynote speech by Okwui Enwezor, director Haus der Kunst Munich, curator of documenta 11
11.10 – 11.20 Q & A
11.20 -11.30 coffee break
Comparative, horizontal and global art history
11.30 – 11.50 presentation by Edit András, art historian, curator, critic, Budapest and Long Island, NY
11.50 – 12.10 presentation by Tímea Junghaus, art historian, Budapest
12.10 – 12.20 coffee break
12.20 – 12.40 presentation by Peter Weibel, director, ZKM Karlsruhe
12.40 – 13.40 discussion moderated by Beáta Hock, research associate at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe
13.40 – 15.00 lunch break
The critical museum
15.00 – 15.20 presentation by Catherine David, deputy director, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris
15.20 – 15.40 presentation by Ekaterina Degot, art historian, curator, author; director of the Academy of the World, Cologne.
15.40 – 16.00 coffee break
16.00 – 16.20 presentation by Charles Esche, director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
16.20 – 17.20 discussion moderated by WHW, curatorial collective, Zagreb
17.20 – 18.00 wrap up
18.00 – 19.00 guided tour through the exhibitions 20th Century. Continuities and Ruptures & New Spaces, New Images
Friday, 9 December, 2016, 10.00 – 11.30
10.00 – 10.40 keynote speech by Manuel Borja-Villel, director, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
10.40 – 10.50 Q & A
10.50 – 11.30 conclusion