The Museum Reader

Jürgens, S. V. (Organiser), Paula Loura Batista (Organiser), Emília Tavares (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Starting from Hito Steyerl’s statement in her work and essay (2013), the second edition of The Museum Reader conference will focus on the place of the Museum as a stage of confrontation for political and economic dominance, under the influence of various social forces.
We intend, therefore, to promote the discussion about the artistic autonomy of Museums, when many institutions are confronted between private financing and a public cultural policy, accessible and democratic in its main assumptions. Can these two conjunctures coexist? The recent episode at the Serralves Museum, where economic and political powers were accused of interfering with the program of the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, reaffirms the complex and difficult coexistence between institutional management and artistic freedom.

Another issue debated will be the role of institutions, or artistic projects, assuming an alternative position to generalist museological practices, working for specific audiences or engaging in a programmatic position of critical reflection and strong political purpose, contrary to the directives of the big museological institutions, yielded to the financial logic of associating profit with a certain expectation of the public's taste.

Through a national and international panel of directors, artists, curators and programmers, we will try to find answers that translate into alternative practices of understanding the Museum, putting a constructive emphasis to the tensions and conflicts inherent in its nature.
Period29 Mar 2018
Event typeConference
LocationLisboa, Portugal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Museus
  • Museologia