Art Stage Singapore 2016 – Southeast Asia Forum: Challenges in Leading Art Museums in Psychogeography of 21st Century
15:30 to 17:00

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 3, Angsana Room 3E and 3F, 10 Bayfront Ave

“Today the term ‘museum’ is a debatable misnomer. The concept was arguably given global scope with the arrogance of Empire and colonial enterprise, and while such collections remain rich in historical memory, their categorised catalogues today oft still lack contemporary re-interpretation by the cultures in which these objects originate. Meanwhile the artistic infrastructure appearing in the Global South may claim the title of ‘museum’, but with an apathetic attitude towards the recognition of such sites as cultural opportunities for comparative knowledge production. Today both platforms struggle in determining a public where the objects and practices they showcase are cultivating critical social discourse. In this panel, we debate the role of leadership in conceiving 21st-century ‘museums’ as facilitators of memory and imagination where publics for art may be non-existent, migratory, virtually networked, touristic or culturally oppressed. ”


Ann Demeester / Director, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Hou Hanru / Artistic Director of MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Art and National Museum of Architecture), Rome

Lu Xun / Founder and Director, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing


Zoe Butt / Executive Director, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City

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