A lot is at stake for European museums for modern and contemporary art in their attempt to deal with the challenges that come along with (economic/political/cultural) globalization. Despite their different identities, histories and priorities, all European art museums share the responsibility to reposition themselves within the multi-facetted and multi-polar world we’re living in today. Museums need to rethink their programming and collection of art produced globally, both contemporary and historical. As we’re living in times of transition and of parallel histories, how can ideas of decolonising, demodernising and decentralising be taken up by museums? Particularly, what could these concepts mean, both theoretically and practically, for museum collections?

This seminar is organised by L’Internationale on 22 September 2017 at the
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and aims to discuss collecting art in times of globalisation and mass migration. The programme is still under construction. More information