MMK Talks

MMK Talks – The Artists
MMK Talks – The Artists
MMK Talks
MMK Talks

MMK Talks – The Artists 2014

In the fourth round of the MMK Talks, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst will continue the popular series of conversations with “The Artists”. The first half of this year’s Talks programme will be devoted to the large-scale exhibition "The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists" (21 March — 27 July 2014).
Three outstanding artists from among the show’s participants will be talking to discussion partners of their choice. In the fall, prominent artists represented in the MMK Collection will discuss their work.

The talks will be conducted in English.

From fall 2014 further MMK Talks with:
Andrea Büttner / Dayanita Singh / et al. 

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Subodh Gupta in conversation with Germano Celant

Friday, 12 September, 7 pm

The series MMK Talks will be continued with the exhibition "Subodh Gupta. Everything is Inside". The Italian curator and art critic Germano Celant will speak with the Indian artist Subodh Gupta. Celant is the artistic director Fondazione Prada and coined the term arte povera.

Entrance free. In English.

Wangechi Mutu in conversation with Bisi Silva

Wednesday, 26 March, 7 pm

Wangechi Mutu lives and works in New York. Mutu deals with problematic issues such as violence or consumerism in a multidimensional Afro-Western context.

In conversation with:

Bisi Silva is a free-lance curator and the founder of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. She lives and works in Lagos and London. 

Kader Attia in conversation with Koyo Kouoh

Friday, 4 April, 7 pm

Kader Attia lives and works in Paris and Berlin. In his work he explores the influence of the culture and politics of Western capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa.

In conversation with:

Koyo Kouoh lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. She is the founder of the Raw Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar. 

Julie Mehretu in conversation with Chus Martinez

Wednesday, 14 May, 7 pm

Julie Mehretu lives and works in New York. She carries out cartographic drawings and paintings of urban architecture, into which current political developments are inscribed.

In conversation with:

Chus Martinez is a Spanish art historian, museum curator and art critic.  She was head of the curatorial department of documenta (13) in Kassel.

MMK Talks – The Artists, October 2012 – January 2013

The third series of the MMK Talks will be devoted to the topic of The Artists. Six prominent artists who are represented in the MMK collection have been invited to talk about their work. The artists will each hold a conversation with a partner of their choice, someone who has played an important role in their career or has a significant connection with their work.
On six evenings between October 2012 and January 2013 the artists will discuss their perspective on museums, their collaboration with directors and heads of collections and how this influences their work.

MMK Talks Dates

Friday, 5 October, 7pm
Juergen Teller in conversation with Charlotte Roche.

Monday, 22 October, 7pm
Hans-Peter Feldmann in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

Friday, 30 November, 7pm
Katharina Fritsch in conversation with Julian Heynen

Tuesday, 4 December, 7pm
Thomas Scheibitz in conversation with Beate Söntgen

Monday, 10 December, 7pm
Andreas Slominski in conversation with Mario Kramer

Thursay, 31 January, 7pm
Carsten Höller in conversation with Daniel Birnbaum

A collaboration between the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst and the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule.

Free admissionIn German language. 

In cooperation with


Recent changes in society, globalization, and the increasing significance of the media are a mix that presents the museum of the twenty-first century with new challenges. The museum’s role as a public space demands redefinition. In this context, more and more importance is being attached to communication and mediation. The impact of these developments on the museum of contemporary art is the subject of a new series of MMK talks: MUSEUM PUBLIC.  

The Artist Museum

Tue, 24 January, 7 pm, MMK

The Artist Museum
Since the advent of modernism, artists have addressed themselves to the question of what constitutes a museum. What role does the museum play in the definition of art, how does it change their significance, what makes up a collection? Artists who investigate such matters and develop them further with their work, talk about the relevance of the museum for contemporary art.

Thomas Kellein (Director Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas)
Pedro Reyes (Artist, Mexico City)
Moderation: Nikolaus Hirsch (Director of Städelschule/Portikus)      

The Museum as Producer of Social Reality

Tue, 17. January, 7 pm, MMK

The Museum as Producer of Social Reality
The museum as place for the preservation and presentation of art is developing into an institution which not only mirrors society but also produces societal realities to an ever increasing degree itself, and thus inscribes itself into the social context of its respective urban environment. Its production can take place anytime and anyplace, is no longer tied to a building or specific opening hours, and seeks its public and themes outside institutional boundaries.

Claire Bishop (Art Critic, New York)
Phil Collins (Artist, Berlin)
Moderation: Nikolaus Hirsch (Director of Städelschule/Portikus)    


Tue, 13. December, 7 pm, MMK, 3rd Exhibition level

Public / Private
Owing to changes in economic and societal structures, the relationship between private commitment and the public education mandate has also undergone transformation. What role does art patronage play today? Do private collectors and the more frequently established collectors' museums have any influence in the mediation of art and the development of ”trends”? How is the relationship of private collectors, the ever more frequently established collectors’ museums and public institutions?
In German language.

Harald Falckenberg (Collector Hamburg)
Robert Fleck (Director of Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
Olaf Nicolai (Artist, Berlin)
Rosa Schmitt-Neubauer (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Head of Demission "contemporary art")
Moderation: Susanne Gaensheimer (Director of MMK)   

The Museum as Publisher

Increasingly, artists and museums are taking over the role of publisher and mediator of their own production. Alongside classical forms of distribution, the Internet and social media are becoming ever more significant, thus defining new publics.

AA Bronson (Artist and Publisher, New York)
Hu Fang Creative (Artistic Director, Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing / Guangzhou) Laura Wright (CEO of Tate Enterprise, London)
Moderation: Peter Gorschlüter (Deputy Director MMK) 

The Global Museum

Wed, 26. October, 7 pm, MainTor

The Global Museum

The major museums are expanding and opening branches all over the world. 
What are the consequences of such franchising and the exportation of museological competence to new “markets”? Will art become more international and more diverse, or will it assimilate globally? How important is it to respond to these developments by strengthening national and regional networks? 

Penelope Curtis (Director Tate Britain, London)
Tobias Berger (Curator M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong) 
Moderation: Peter Gorschlüter (Deputy Director of MMK) 

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