MNAC, Bucharest: BORN IN THE GDR –KUNSTHALLE ROSTOCK

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Talk with Director Dr. Jörg-Uwe Neumann
In the framework of the exhibition: Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia
Partner: Deutsche Telekom
Curators: Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher, Adriana Oprea
Architect: Attila Kim
MNAC Coordinator: Irina Radu
20.04. – 09.10.2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 20:00

MNAC – The Palace of Parliament, 1st floor

The program of talks accompanying the exhibition Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia continues inviting Dr. Jörg-Uwe Neumann, Director of the Kunsthalle Rostock, to offer an insight into the rich cultural history of this institution and to present the future development of its role.
The Kunsthalle Rostock is an excellent example of how a cultural institution can define its function and future perspective by being aware of its past history during the communist time and by developing an exhibition and collection strategy that gains its strength and coherence through such a critical historical reflection. The Kunsthalle Rostock was the only new museum building for contemporary art build in the former German Democratic Republic. Founded in 1964 and opened to the public in 1969, it was planned as a pavillon for the Baltic Biennale and as a counterpart to the „revanchistic artistic development of the West German imperialists“. The Baltic Biennale took place in Rostock from 1969 until 1989 and showed contemporary art from countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, including Island and Norway. It was one of the very few regulary exhibitions in the German Democratic Republic during the time of the Cold War, which showed rather uncensored contemporary art from both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Coming from such a cultural legacy, Director Jörg-Uwe Neumann is shaping and defining the current and future role of the Kunsthalle Rostock with the aim of reestablishing it as a crosspoint for an exchange of ideas and artistic concepts between the Eastern and Western Europe.

The talk will be moderated by Office for Art – Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher, a Berlin based office that curates and realizes exhibitions and consults private and corporate art collections. Since 2010, Office for Art has been advising the Art Collection Telekom and curated the exhibitions Fragile Sense of Hope (me Collectors Room, Berlin, 2014).
Free entrance, car / taxi access, parking in front of the museum.
Image: Kunsthalle Rostock

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