THE SERIES OF TALKS AT THE MKM
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Wednesday, 22.01.2020 | 6.30 pm
ART meets… FOREIGN POLICY
With Andreas Görgen, Katharina Sieverding and Andreas Mühe, high diplomacy met great art. Amidst the color spaces of Katharina Grosse and Gotthard Graubner, the MKM invited to a conversation about art and diplomacy, education and billiards, and intercultural dialogue as a task of art, politics, and society alike.
Culture is a foundation for stable international relations. “At its core is the task of providing access to culture and education across geographic, political and social boundaries, thus creating mutual understanding: the basis for good international relations,” according to an official objective of the German Foreign Office.
What does cultural policy mean for a country like Germany in a globalized world in which nationalisms are growing stronger at the same time? What do billiard balls have in common with cultural exchange? How can access to art and culture be improved? What does the future hold for international museum cooperation? These and other exciting questions were the focus of the conversation.
Wednesday, 04.09.2019 | 18.30 h
ART meets… JAZZ
Jazz for the eye: A very personal evening with the musician and photo artist Till Brönner.
Surprises not excluded!
Review in the WAZ, 05.09.19
Wednesday, 10.04.2019 | 6 pm
ART meets… LITERATURE
Successful author Frank Schätzing in conversation with MKM director Walter Smerling
Frank Schätzing (*1957 in Cologne) is one of the most widely read authors in Germany and a permanent guest at number 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list. With books such as “Death and the Devil,” “The Tyranny of the Butterfly” and, most notably, the million-selling “The Swarm,” he has earned a worldwide audience. From the Cologne Cathedral as a mystery plot to eerie phenomena in the world’s oceans to artificial intelligence, Schätzing is thematically broad and mixes meticulously researched facts with fiction.
How does the author come up with his topics? How does the author come up with his topics? How does it stand up to success and criticism? Which visual artist impresses him the most? And why should men necessarily be able to cook? MKM director Walter Smerling discusses these and other questions in a one-on-one interview with Frank Schätzing,
Review in the WAZ, 12.4.19
Review in the Rheinische Post, 12.4.19
17.03.2019 | 11 a. m.
ART meets…Duisburg’s OB
Can the Ruhr metropolis be a cultural metropolis?
Can the Ruhr metropolis be a cultural metropolis?
What is the state of culture in the Duisburg metropolis? A conversation about urban opportunities and limits, tops and flops, and culture as a task for us all.
Can (and does) a city with chronically empty coffers afford art and culture? Isn’t culture a fundamental right that everyone is entitled to? What could be done, what is actually being done? Which opportunities did the city take advantage of, which ones did it miss? MKM Director Walter Smerling discusses these and other questions between art and everyday municipal life in a one-on-one interview with Duisburg Mayor Sören Link.
Review in the WAZ, 18.3.19
03.02.2019 | 11 a. m.
ART meets… RESISTANCE
How up-to-date is Emil Schumacher?
Emil Schumacher set out as an artist to “smash the stink of the past.” As with other representatives of European Informel, his paintings were created as a reaction to the horrors of World War II, as a rebellion against the restrictions of the Nazi era, and as an expression of an irrepressible striving for freedom. At the same time, his painting is a constant struggle with the resistance of the material, with color and the image carrier, with the processes and conditions of their creation – fundamental questions of art.
So how can Schumacher’s work be classified today? Historic or still relevant? What role does the artist play in the development of German art after 1945? What makes his work?
These and other questions are discussed in the current exhibition “Inspiration and Resistance”. Participants in the panel discussion are Till Breckner (gallery owner), Katharina Henkel (art historian), Peter Iden (art critic), Eva Müller-Remmert (curator of the exhibition), Christian Spies (professor of art history, University of Cologne).
Moderation: Walter Smerling (Direktor MKM)
13.01.2019 | 11 a. m.
ART meets… SCANDAL
A cabaret approach to the history of Christianity
Manfred Lütz, psychotherapist, theologian and author, presents his latest publication “The Scandal of Scandals: The Secret History of Christianity” in conversation with MKM Director Walter Smerling (the author on Youtube: click here).
The major historical themes of Christianity are scrutinized – from the Crusades, the Inquisition and the persecution of witches, to the role in the implementation of human rights and the position on emancipation, the sexual revolution and the Holocaust, to the significance of art in the 2000-year history of the Christian West. In short, participants can look forward to a historical tour de force at the beginning of the year, spiced up with a good dose of humor.
Review in Rheinische Post, 16.01.2019
11.11.2018 | 11 a.m.
ART meets… Economy
In conversation with MKM Director Walter Smerling, the twin Dubbick brothers talk about the importance of art in everyday professional life, as a social model, and as a driver of innovative thinking.
“Art is an existential life component of the human community.” This far-sighted assessment, beyond the boundaries of various plate edges, comes from the headquarters of one of the world’s leading companies in the field of industrial process measurement technology: the Duisburg-based family business KROHNE. Amazing? Not for brothers Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, managing director, and Kristian Dubbick, painter. The connection to art is deeply rooted in the company. A Zen garden at the company headquarters is just as much a part of everyday life as the guiding principle “Every employee has his or her own work of art at the workplace” – in the office as well as above the workbench.
Review in theRheinische Post, 12.11.18
08.05.2018 | 18.30 p.m.
ART meets… Architecture
The MKM extension on the home stretch – A construction site talk with Herzog & de Meuron
The four-story shell of the MKM extension is almost complete and can now be seen from afar. Construction work on the viewing platform on the silos, which will be open to visitors for the first time, can also no longer be overlooked. How is the construction progressing? What has already been accomplished on the major construction site? What will the next few months bring? And what can visitors expect in the new MKM in 2019?
Architect Robert Hösl (Herzog & de Meuron) and Director Walter Smerling will inform you about the state of affairs and the next steps on the way to the museum’s extension at a discussion evening at the MKM and will be happy to answer your questions.