The seventh edition of the MMK Talks is devoted to the relationship between art and the body. The MMK has invited artists to converse on issues revolving around the constitution, social construction and mortality of the human body with a discussion partner of their choice. A further key aspect is the real and the virtual body – in the public space, a museum, or a digital world.
The Talks are conducted in English.
Tuesday, 23 May, 7 pm at the MMK 1
Teresa Margolles frequently explores death in her works, and uses materials that come from or have been in contact with corpses. Having initially studied communications, the Mexican artist developed this interest while working as a forensic pathologist. In 2004 the MMK presented her spectacular exhibition Muerte sin fin. Her work Banco (2004) is currently on view in the show Primary Structures: Masterworks of Minimal Art at the MMK 2.
In conversation with:
Rein Wolfs is a Dutch art historian, exhibition curator and, since 2013, director of the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The founding director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst worked in Zurich from 1996 to 2001. In 2002 he was appointed director of exhibitions at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and in 2003 curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. From 2007 to 2013 he directed the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, where he staged the solo exhibition Frontera with works by Teresa Margolles.
Tuesday, 25 April, 7 pm at the MMK 1
The British artist Ed Atkins is considered a pioneer of an emerging generation of artists who reflect critically on the rapid development of the digital media and the fundamental changes it has brought about in our perception of images and our own selves. In his digitally generated filmic works, he creates a world of imagery as hyperreal as it is artificial. Corpsing, the title of his current show at the MMK 1, describes the instant in which the difference between an actor and his role becomes apparent.
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Thomas Oberender is a German author and dramatic adviser who has directed the Berliner Festspiele since 2012. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, he organized a lecture series on the future of the political that ran for four years at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. He served as dramatic director of the Salzburg Festival from 2007 to 2011.
Wednesday, 15 March, 6 pm at the MMK 1
Taking places, their functions and their histories as a point of departure, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan develop collages, sculptures and installations. In 2009, the MMK presented the Argentine artist duo in a solo exhibition and purchased works of theirs for the collection. Zinny/Maidagan have also had exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The talk will mark the dedication of the bronze sculpture Hippocampus which is situated at the Campus Westend of the Goethe-University Frankfurt.
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The American architect Frank Barkow pursues a discursive approach to design according to which the concrete planning process integrates new findings and developments in the research on digital and analogue production methods and innovative material applications. Barkow heads an architectural firm in Berlin and has been teaching at the Princeton University School of Architecture in the U.S. since 2016.
In the sixth edition of the event series MMK Talks the focus will be on the relationship between art, society and politics. In view of the profound and existential changes in these times of global crisis, contemporary art and exhibition praxis also faces new challenges. Artists and curators are invited to talk with a discussion partner of their choice about the role of art in an era of major transformation processes.
Admission free of charge.
Wednesday, 7 December, 7 pm at the MMK 2
On the occasion of the running exhibition 'Willem de Rooij. Entitled' the headmaster of the Städelschule Frankfurt, Philippe Pirotte, and Willem de Rooij will talk about the artist's work and exhibition at MMK 2. Additionally the accompanying catalogue – containing three volumes – will be presented.
Willem de Rooij, born in 1969 in Beverwijk, Netherlands is one of the most influential artists of his generation. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The artist is professor for fine arts at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main since 2006.
Philippe Pirotte, born in 1972 in Antwerp, Belgium is an art historian and curator. He is the headmaster of Städelschule Frankfurt am Main and director of the Portikus in Frankfurt. He is a freelance Senior Curator at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Pirotte curateted this year's Montréal Biennal.
Tuesday, 6 September, 7 pm at the MMK 1
On the occasion of the Final Weekend of the exhibition „An Imagined Museum“ (10/11 September), Walter Grasskamp – a renowned art historian and art critic specialised in museology and cultural policy – meets Hans Haacke, an internationally esteemed artist who is also represented in the exhibition.
For three decades Hans Haacke like almost no other artist has been initiating the public discourse about the sociopolitical dimensions of art. The internationally renowned conceptual artist investigates the amalgamation of economic, political, social and ecological systems and illustrates their far reaching sociopolitical impact.
Haacke realised a huge number of projects and exhibitions and was involved in several Documentas. His spectacular contribution „Germania“ in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1993 was awarded a Golden Lion.
Walter Grasskamp has been teaching and publishing for many years about museology, cultural policy and art in public spaces, theory of modern art, theory of consumption and popular culture. His latest publication „Das Kunstmuseum. Eine erfolgreiche Fehlkonstruktion“ (The Museum of Art. A successful Misconstruction) opens a discussion about the function of art museum as an institution in it’s current sociopolitical context. Grasskamp published numerous text about the work of Hans Haacke. The artist and the art historian are linked by many years of artistic exchange.
The talk is conducted in German.
Friday, 8 July, 7 pm at the MMK 2
The concept artist, poet and activist Jimmie Durham has been politically active in the American civil rights movement since the early 1960s. His multi-faceted oeuvre is concerned with the relationship between history and context, architecture and monumentality, and takes a critical stance towards political power structures and narrations of national identity. He has an international reputation as one of the most prominent artists of the present and has been honoured with a large number of awards and exhibitions, for example at the Venice Biennale (1999, 2015, etc.) the Documenta (2012, 1992) and the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010). He is represented in the exhibition An Imagined Museum at the MMK.
Dirk Snauwaert has been the artistic director of the WIELS centre of contemporary art in Brussels since 2005. He has organized a large number of exhibitions internationally; at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) he curated the Belgian pavilion. In 1993 he staged the first Durham retrospective at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Thursday, 30 June, 7 pm at the MMK 1
The artist Banu Cennetoğlu explores the political, social and cultural dimension of the production, representation and distribution of knowledge and asks how it feeds into a society’s collective thought and becomes part of its ideology. Cennetoğlu has participated in major international exhibitions such as the 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) she and Ahmet Öğüt represented Turkey. She is represented at the 13th Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture (2016) and currently guest of the DAAD artist programme in Berlin.
The free-lance critic and curator Vasif Kortun is known as one of the most important critical voices in the discourse on Turkey’s radically changing cultural politics. He has organized numerous international exhibitions focussing on art production in Turkey, for example the 3rd and 9th international Istanbul Biennale (1992 and 2005) as well as the Turkish pavilions at the São Paulo Biennale (1994 and 1998) and at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007).
Tuesday, 10 May, 7 pm at the MMK 1
Kader Attia has been considered one of the most influential artists of his generation ever since his startling
presentation at the documenta 13, if not before. Against the background of our globalized present
he investigates the impact of Western cultural hegemony on non-Western cultures. One of his key concerns
is the concept of “repair”, which he has been exploring for many years. The talk is taking place within
the framework of his comprehensive solo exhibition Sacrifice and Harmony at the MMK.
In conversation with:
Gerhard Kubik is an Austrian ethnomusicologist and ethnologist who devotes his research work primarily
to music, dance, totemism, oral tradition and cultural education in Africa and African-influenced cultures
in Venezuela and Brazil. Kubik is among the internationally most renowned name in the area of intracultural
research on African culture.
Tuesday, 1 December, 7 pm at the MMK 2
Artistic approaches and working methods have had a decisive impact on the oeuvre of the fashion designer Kostas Murkudis (b. 1959). In the context of the second exhibition at the new MMK 2, Murkudis will meet with Julia Voss, deputy director of the arts section of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", to talk about concepts and forms of display as well as the history of his collections.
Wednesday, 18 November, 7 pm at the MMK 1
Hardly anyone has contributed more to shaping the international contemporary dance scene over the past decades than the choreographer and dancer William Forsythe (b. 1949). The conversation about dance, art, space and, not least importantly the humanbeing – as the chief focus of Forsythe's minimalisticworks – will be conducted by Mario Kramer, curator and head of the MMK Collection.
Wednesday, 23 September, 7 pm at the MMK 1
Paul Maenz, a collector and patron of Peter Roehr (1944-1968), donated the prominent Frankfurt conceptartist's entire archive to the MMK in 2011. The museum has meanwhile digitalized the documents in the Peter Roehr Archive, which number more than 2,500. Paul Maenz and the artist Thomas Bayrle, who was friends with Roehr for many years, will talk about the artist and his time.
Friday, 12 June, 7 pm at the MMK 1
In his artistic practice, Simon Starling (b. 1967) concerns himself with objects, their history, and their production conditions as shaped by science, ecology and economy. Katrina Brown, the director of "The Common Guild", a well-known institution for contemporary art in Glasgow, has curated exhibitions of Starling's in the past and is presently collaborating with him on a project. They will talk about his works.
Wednesday, 29 April, 8 pm at the MMK 2
The images produced by the photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus (1965–2014) over the past two decades in Albania, Bosnia, Iraq and elsewhere are part of the MMK's prestigious photography collection. Niedringhaus's powerful pictorial language will be the subject of the discussion conducted by the prominent German photographer Barbara Klemm, Anne-Marie Beckmann, the longstanding curator of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, and Barbara Basting, a journalist and the director of the Department of Visual Arts of the city of Zürich.
Wednesday, 20 May, 8 pm at the MMK 2
Anne Imhof (b. 1978) develops her work in a realm where performance, installation and documentation overlap. This year she designed a "live event" of several days for the MoMA PS1 in New York. A work of hers is also presently on view at the MMK 2. The former Städelschule student will converse with the art historian Isabelle Graw, director of the Städelschule's Institute of Art Criticism and publisher of the magazine "Texte zur Kunst".
Thursday, October 23, 7 pm
"How to make a book with Dayanita?" will be the basis of the discussion during the next MMK Talks. The publisher Gerhard Steidl will speak with the artist Dayanita Singh about the production of her artist books and their long-standing collaboration. Singh who defines herself as a "book artist" has been publishing her books with Steidl for many years. The talk will be moderated by the curator of the current exhibition, Dr. Mario Kramer.
Friday, 12 September, 7 pm
The series MMK Talks will be continued with the exhibition "Subodh Gupta. Everything is Inside". The Italian curator and art critic Germano Celant will speak with the Indian artist Subodh Gupta. Celant is the artistic director Fondazione Prada and coined the term arte povera.
Wednesday, 14 May, 7 pm
Julie Mehretu lives and works in New York. She carries out cartographic drawings and paintings of urban architecture, into which current political developments are inscribed.
In conversation with:
Chus Martinez is a Spanish art historian, museum curator and art critic. She was head of the curatorial department of documenta (13) in Kassel.
Friday, 4 April, 7 pm
Kader Attia lives and works in Paris and Berlin. In his work he explores the influence of the culture and politics of Western capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa.
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Koyo Kouoh lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. She is the founder of the Raw Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar.
Wednesday, 26 March, 7 pm
Wangechi Mutu lives and works in New York. Mutu deals with problematic issues such as violence or consumerism in a multidimensional Afro-Western context.
In conversation with:
Bisi Silva is a free-lance curator and the founder of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. She lives and works in Lagos and London.