Here you can find a review on the talks program of Art Düsseldorf 2018:

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Friday, November 16th, 2018  //  2 pm

“Art collectors between passion and added value: who do we trust”

Talk-Area, Alte Schmiedehalle

with Jana Noritsch

Art is not imposed on anyone. And yet the ‘art world’ is socially and economically woven through by an incredible pressure.

First and foremost, art is a rather intimate affair for artists and viewers, and that alone motivates each collection individually. The way in which the public treats their own popularity as collectors is also different: curse or blessing, if the closer look at the fair stand is immediately interpreted by market observers as a recommendation to buy? Since the value of art is only partly or not at all scientifically verifiable, but rather socially constructed, the qualitative, monetary assessment on the art market is an X-variable for many liquidation flows. While there is no doubt that a lot of art is generally bought, the older, more comprehensive collections are increasingly concerned with their inventory: what does the balance look like after 35-40 years of collecting, how many blue chips do I have, and where can I show my collection in all its complexity? In addition, our world is becoming increasingly digitalized and this is changing older thought structures. Also, the fact that we live in an inheriting society is not insignificant. We inherit art collections that we have not built up ourselves and ask ourselves what should happen with them.

In all these spheres it is relevant who we trust. Here the gallery owner has the role of mediator and is responsible for information integrity (online and offline). Gallery owners, works of art and artists are generally measured by two standards: the economic result of their work and their loyalty to art. This is a high demand and requires a variety of skills from gallery owners: to know art history as well as the current market and to be good economists, to be empathetic and patient in dialogue with many customers, to always meet the hottest events and to be up to date with the latest digitalization.

How gallery owners manage to keep a cool head and to what extent trust also has to do with a fundamentally new understanding of digital, i.e. networked society, will be discussed by presenter Jana M. Noritsch, founder of the Collectors Club Berlin, with her guests on the podium.

The guests on the podium will be:
/ Leo Kuelbs, Collector and curator, Website
/ Sarah Miltenberger, Senior Director of the König Galerie, Website
/ Sveva Taurisano, Collector CollezioneTaurisano, Website
/ Frances Reynolds, Collector and real estate agent, Website
/ Anne Schwanz, worked 13 years for Eigen+Art/Lab, is now working for Office Impart, Website

This talk will also be held in German at 4 pm. For additional information, please click here.

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Saturday, November 17th, 2018  //  12 pm

“From Instagram Accounts to Own Museums: Different Forms of Public Engagements of Private Art Collectors”

Talk-Area, Alte Schmiedehalle

with Christoph Noe

Private art collectors increasingly share their collection with a broader public. This can happen in different forms: While some collectors, display their collection online on websites or Instagram accounts, others publish catalogues about their collected artworks. Also, showing private collections at public museums can be witnessed as a common form of collaboration. According to recent surveys, there are over 300 privately founded contemporary art museums around the globe, with dozens more in the making – from Bangkok to Milan and from Berlin to New York. Very often those collectors and museum founders are driven by their passion to contribute not only to an art landscape but also to a city or region in general.

In this talk, we give voice to a museum founders, from Munich. What motivates them to engage with the public? What is their vision? How to attract a physical visitor to the space versus a digital visitor to the website? What are the chances and risks for such endeavors?

Moderated by Christoph Noe, Hong Kong, Art Advisor and Co-Founder of LARRY’S LIST, Website

These and other questions will be discussed in conversation with:
/ Christian Utz, Collector, Private Museum Founder, MUCA, Munich, Website

Noemi Smolik

This talk will be held in German only. For additional information please click here.

Saturday, November 17th, 2018  //  3 pm

“Feminism #3 – How topical is feminism today?”

Talk-Area, Alte Schmiedehalle

with Noemi Smolik

Feminism has been a taboo subject in art for many years. Most female artists recently refused to be associated with feminism; no, I’m not a feminist artist, you’ve heard. That seems to be changing. More and more young women artists are realizing that the dream of equality has not been realized for a long time; the incidents not only in Hollywood bear witness to this, but also in the art scene, as the case of one of the editors of the influential US art magazine Artforum shows. Further efforts are needed.

The discussion therefore picks up the concept of feminism again, even if it makes itself vulnerable, because in the meantime the discussion on equality has been extended not only to questions of gender and transgender, but also of cultural and religious affiliation. For this reason, today some even speak of post-feminism. All these approaches are connected with the original feminism of one thing: the refusal to accept discrimination of any kind because of sexual affiliation or sexual, cultural or religious orientation.

During the discussion, the question will be asked as to what has changed in the self-understanding of artists, theory and art mediation since the emergence of feminism in the 60 years of the last century? How topical is feminism today? And what can be the concern of a current feminism in art that has been expanded to include questions of gender, transgender, but also cultural and religious orientation?

Moderated by Noemi Smolik, art critic and author.

These and other questions will be discussed in conversation with:
/ Ulrike Rosenbach, representative of the first generation of feminist artists
/ Magdalena Kita, representative of the third generation
/ Rein Wolfs, Director of the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn


This talk will be held in German only. For additional information please click here.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018  //  12 – 1 pm

“Cultural policy initiatives for the Rhineland: what role does art still play today?”

Talk-Area, Alte Schmiedehalle

with Tobias Flessenkemper

The second edition of Art Düsseldorf 2018 will once again feature a cultural-political discussion on Sunday at noon in the Talk Area. The year 2018 is defined by dramatic events and a political debate that many people perceive as a crisis. The Rhineland is characterised by a wide variety of art associations, museums, collections, academies, art trade and galleries in a dynamic art scene. What role do these places and cultural networks play? How do artists and cultural workers react to the changed social situation? Which cultural-political initiatives support art and have an effect on society? How can institutions be promoted as central places of encounter and debate? What strategies are needed for today’s and tomorrow’s audiences?

Moderated by Tobias Flessenkemper, an international expert on culture and good governance.

These and other questions will be discussed with the following guests:
/ Lorenz Deutsch, Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne, Website
/ Anja Dorn, Director, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum Düren, Website
/ Moritz Scheper, Director, Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Website
/ Daniela Steinfeld, Gallery owner, Van Horn, Düsseldorf, Website

Noemi Smolik

This talk will be held in German only. For additional information please click here.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018  //  3 pm

Curator’s talk

Talk-Area, Alte Schmiedehalle

with Noemi Smolik

In conversation with:
/ Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chief Curator of the Serpentine Gallery, London

Moderated by Noemi Smolik, art critic and author.

Further information will follow soon.