24.08.2021 DISCUSSION: Creating Transnational Baltic Region Through Museum

Traditionally, smaller countries located in geographically peripheral areas tend to create national art collections and exhibition programmes, whereas museums in the metropolitan cities, especially following the globalization, strive for international collections and exhibition programs. Both approaches, the hyperlocality of the museums and their wish to represent the whole world, have been widely criticized. 

In anticipating a new museum institution in Riga - it’s first contemporary art museum, together with curators from various museums from the region and beyond, we tried to inquire - what is a healthy balance between the global, local and the regional within a museum? How, can a new institution in Riga, with its collection and programs of exhibitions and processes, tell not only a story of Latvian art and visual culture, but create a transnational Baltic region, which has historically been and still is part of geopolitical process and entanglements far beyond its borders? Also, a transnational, collaborative approach, combining different local knowledges and research, is more productive when addressing the histories and present entanglements of colonialisms, infrastructures of energy and transport, or the ecological crisis. Together with discussion participants we will delve into different case studies to try and find ways of sustainable and meaningful transnational collaborations.


Participants: Charles Esche, director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Liisa Kaljula, Head of the Painting Collection, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Kati Kivinen, chief curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Alicja Knock, curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Daniel Muzyczuk, Head of the Modern Art Department at the Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and others.

Moderated by Inga Lāce, C-MAP Central and Eastern Europe Fellow, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Supported by: VKKF (the State Cultural Capital Foundation), The Riga City Council, Rietumu bank and Nākotnes Atbalsta fonds (Future Supporting Fund)

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