EUROPEAN HERITAGE – ARTISTS’ LEGACIES AS CULTURAL TREASURE

An event organized by the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse
in cooperation with the Institut Moderne im Rheinland of the Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf and the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (the Federal Art Exhibition Hall in Bonn)

April 22 and 23 2016 – Federal Art Exhibition Hall in Bonn

Referentenfoto, v. li. n. re.: Saskia Mattern, Daniel Schütz, Dr. Desdemona Ventroni, Dr. Jeanette Zwingenberger, Dr. Amy Marshall Furness, Dr. Tiziana Caianiello, Adrian Glew, Michael Schmid, Prof. Dr. Aleida Assmann, Dr. Britta Kaiser-Schuster, Prof. Dr. Gertrude Cepl-Kaufmann, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gaehtgens, Prof. Dr. Gora Jain, Dr. Hans M. Schmidt, Drs. Frank van de Schoor, Dr. Volker Kaukoreit, Dr. Tobias Wall.  Foto: Chlumsky/RAK

On April 22/23, 2016, in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, ( the Federal Art Exhibition Hall in Bonn) the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse (RAK) (Rhenish Archive for Artists’ Legacies)  is conducting an international Symposium where, under the title “European Heritage – Artists’ Legacies as Cultural Treasure” , invited experts from Europe, the USA and Canada will report on the state of their work in their respective countries.

This Symposium elevates the discussion about artists’ legacies in Germany, for the first time, to an European, and even International level. Besides event participants from France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany, there will be participants from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles/USA and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada.

The focal point of discussion at the Symposium will be the search for a country-specific memorial-culture and the handling of artists’ legacies.  The goal of the Symposium would be to stimulate an all-countries- inclusive scientific discussion of this subject, and to establish and nurture a network of mutual cooperation among the diverse institutions of the participating countries.

The Symposium will deal with the questions of “Where should the Art be housed?” and its future “Usage” , as well as underlining the importance of artists’ legacies and their relevance for art historical studies.

Aside from the different presentations, and with Michael Koehler (WDR 3 radio) as moderator, representatives of such fields as Culture, Art Dealers, and Politics, will discuss the topic: “Artists’ Archives situated between Cultural Resources and Market Relevance.”  This discussion will be taped and can be heard again, via radio station, at a later date.

Frau Prof. Dr. Aleida Assmann from the University of Constance will be giving the opening presentation with the title “ Between Remembering and Forgetting.  Artist Legacies as precarious Culture Treasures.” Frank Michael Zeidler, Chairman of the German Kuenstlerbund (Artists League) Berlin, during the closing speech, will present the artist’s viewpoint on the problematic of artists’ legacies.

And finally the “Bundesverband Kuenstlernachlaesse, e.V.”  (Federal League for Artists’ Legacies), which is being established at this point, will present an up-to-date report on the progress of being created, and their planned activities.

A small Fair of German archives and legacy initiatives takes place alongside the Symposium, with the purpose of giving information on the state of research in Germany.

 

The speakers were:
- Rein Wolfs, Intendant der Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
- Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wilhelm, Vorsitzender der Landschaftsversammlung Rheinland
- Prof. Dr. Gertrude Cepl-Kaufmann, Rheinisches Archiv für Künstlernachlässe,
  Institut „Moderne im Rheinland“
- Prof. Dr. Aleida Assmann, Universität Konstanz
- Saskia Mattern, Deutsches Kunstarchiv, Nürnberg
- Daniel Schütz, Rheinisches Archiv für Künstlernachlässe
- Dr. Simone Schimpf, Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst und Design, Ingolstadt
- Dr. Amy Marshall Furness, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Kanada
- Dr. Tiziana Caianiello, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf, Deutschland
- Michael Schmid, lic. phil., Schweizerisches Kunstarchiv, SIK-ISEA, Zürich, Schweiz
- PD Dr. Volker Kaukoreit, KOOP-LITERA international, Wien, Österreich
- Desdemona Ventroni, Institute for advanced Studies, Lucca, Italien
- Monika Mayer, Museum und Schloss Belvedere, Wien, Österreich
- Prof. Dr. Vit Vlnas, Mährisches Landesmuseum, Brünn, Tschechien
- Adrian Glew, Tate, London, Großbritannien
- Drs. Frank van de Schoor, Kurator für Moderne Kunst, Nimwegen, Niederlande
- Dr. Jeanette Zwingenberger, Université Sorbonne, Paris, Frankreich
- Didier Schulmann, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Frankreich
- Frank Michael Zeidler, Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Gora Jain, Bundesverband Künstlernachlässe e.V. (i. Gr.)

In the discussion:
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute, USA
- Prof. Henrik R. Hanstein, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Köln
- Heinz Holtmann, Galerist, Köln
- Bernd Neuendorf, Staatssekretär im Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur
  und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Dr. Britta Kaiser-Schuster, Kulturstiftung der Länder, Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfennig, Archiv für Künstlernachlässe der Stiftung Kunstfonds,   Brauweiler

Moderator of the discussion: Dr. Michael Köhler (WDR 3)

Moderator of the event: Dr. Tobias Wall, Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur, Stuttgart

 

In cooperation with:
Institut Moderne im Rheinland of the Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

 

Promoted by:
Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, Kulturstiftung der Länder, Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Sparkasse KölnBonn, Rudolf Klefisch-Siftung