Since January 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum has been inviting leading figures from the world of Modern and Contemporary art to spend time at the museum and speak publicly about their responses to it. The list of past speakers includes Jeff Koons, Edmund de Waal, Nan Goldin, Tobias Meyer, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Sandy Nairne, Thomas Demand, John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, David Dawson, Ugo Rondinone and many more.
In 2015 we present a series of five talks. Each talk introduces a different player from the art world, prominent within his or her field: in January the Duke of Devonshire, a famous collector, was invited, in March Philippe de Montebello, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, spoke about the opportunities and challenges that museums and their directors are facing today, and in June the new Director of the KHM's Picture Gallery, Stefan Weppelmann, shared his thoughts on the museum's engagement with the art and artists today. In September, legendary art dealer Anthony d'Offay discussed the history of art dealing and the development of the market, and in November we invited two of the most important and respected art critics working today, Roberta Smith (The New York Times) and Jerry Saltz (New York magazine) to discuss the historical origins of art criticism, assess its current state of health and make a prognosis for its future.
As part of our programme of events and activities to celebrate the museum’s 125th anniversary in 2016, we have invited a number of well-known museum directors to give a talk. Taken together these talks offer a wide spectrum of fascinating insights into present conditions and future developments in art and the museum world. In January, Wim Pijbes, Director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam gave a talk, in March we invited Max Hollein, Director of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and in May Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 7 p.m.
Director, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Monday, December 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
Director, The National Gallery, London
For videos of our series of Modern and Contemporary Talks as well as other lectures and interviews please visit our YouTube channel.