The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Chris Dercon: Instituting Culture for the 21st Century

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Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November 2013,

Gorgona Hall, MCA.

Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to the public lecture and workshop by Chris Dercon, Director of the London Museum “Tate Modern” and his collaborators Mr Donald Hyslop and Kasia Redzisz: “Instituting Culture for the 21st Century”.

From the programme:

Friday, 8th November 2013, 18:00, Gorgona Hall

Lecture by Chris Dercon “Instituting Culture for the 21st Century” is about museums’ role in the society, challenges in representing contemporary art and galleries governance. Mr Dercon will introduce his vision of development and future of Tate Modern and try to make the concept of "Free Art" more comprehensible to the audience, as well as art as part of public domain, trends and challenges of art presentation using the example of Tate Modern.

Chris Dercon is very famous in the world of cultural management and widely invited lecturer all around the world. His motto is: “Once the order has been found, everything can be changed around.” Dercon played a leading role in the dynamic development and governance of several other important international cultural institutions: P.S. 1 New York, The Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and in Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Saturday, 9th November 2013, 10:00-15:00, Gorgona Hall

During the three workshop sessions the relations between old and new institutions, small and big associations, NGOs, private and public art will be analysed. Special attention will be dedicated to the financial and implementation challenges of the "Free Art" concept.

On the other hand, there will be talk about the roles that different cultural institutions have when taking part in urban development, with emphasis on stimulating the participation and partnership with local communities.

Lecture and workshops are intended for professionals and the general public. Entrance is free.

The event is organized by MCA, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

The event is realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb.


Chris Dercon

Director, Tate Modern since 2011

2003-11 Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich

1996-2003 Director Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1990-95 Director Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam

1988-1989 Program director Institute for Contemporary Art P.S.1, New York

Chris Dercon is an art historian, a documentary filmmaker and cultural producer. In April 2011 he was appointed Director of Tate Modern in London. He was previously Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, as well as Program Director of PS1 Museum in New York. He curated and co-curated, amongst others, exhibitions of André Cadere, Dan Graham, Konstantin Grcic, Hans Haacke, Carlo Mollino, Helio Oiticica, Paul Thek, Ai Weiwei and Franz West. He has published, contributed to and edited many catalogues, art publications, lectures and interviews worldwide. His current interest lies particularly with old and new textiles. He has made extensive cultural research and co operations with cultural producers in Brazil as of (1988), North Africa – Levant as of (1992), Japan as of (1993), China as of (1999), India as of (2005), and most recently in West Africa, The Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

Kasia Redzisz

Kasia Redzisz is an art historian and curator. Since 2010 she is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, where she recently curated 'Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear'. She also worked on retrospectives including ‘Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan’, ‘William Klein + Daido Moriyama’ and ‘Mira Schendel’. In addition to her work on international exhibitions, she is involved in Tate collection, focusing her research on the art of Eastern and Central Europe. Prior to joining Tate, Redzisz worked at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2007 she co-founded Open Art Projects, a non-profit organisation devoted to art commissions, where she remains responsible for the programme. She is an author of books on Polish art of the 80s and a regular contributor to Frieze Magazine.

Donald Hyslop

Donald Hyslop is Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate Modern, London. Over the last twelve years he has led a culture centred urban renewal programme which has transformed an important part of central London. This has been built on a series of partnerships bringing political agencies, business, BIDs and communities together with cultural organisations and world class artists. He is particularly interested in exploring and thinking about the role culture, architecture & museums can play in the regeneration, place making, economic and social development of cities and communities. He is also Chair of Trustees of Borough Food Market.

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