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Instituto Cervantes - Berlin

Public Institution
Art and Crisis German-Spanish cultural conference invites public participation (22.4.2010)
  Art and Crisis. How do artists experience the economic crisis? How far does the crisis affect the fine arts in Germany and Spain? What strategies are being developed by private and public players? Which are the opportunities generated by the crisis?

These questions are the focus of the fourth German-Spanish Cultural Conference, organised by the Instituto Cervantes, Berlin and the Goethe-Institut from May 27th to May 29th 2010 in Berlin. Prominent figures of the German and Spanish art world will come together to discuss the consequences for the fine arts in the current financial and economic situation in order to develop possible approaches and solutions.

The inauguration of the conference by Spanish author Felix de Azúa and Klaus Staeck, president of the Akademie der Künste, will take place on May 27th at 6pm at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz. Contributions by German conceptual artist Christian Jankowski and Spanish artist Santiago Sierra will form an integral part of the conference.

On both conference days, May 28th and May 29th, renowned members of the art world will participate in the discussions at Instituto Cervantes: artists, art dealers, journalists, museum directors, curators, art critics and philosophers will examine the topic from various perspectives such as production, communication and reception.

The field of fine arts has always been closely connected to a society’s economic situation. The conference will provide the opportunity to develop strategies for a creative handling of the crisis. Beyond this, the aim is to create a sustainable dialogue between those involved in Spanish and German the art worlds.

Art and Crisis is hosted by Instituto Cervantes Berlin in collaboration with GoetheInstitut and Akademie der Künste, Berlin, as well as Art Fair ARCO in Madrid and Art Forum Berlin with friendly support by SEACEX (National Spanish Society for Cultural Funding Abroad). Also it is part of the official programme within the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

We would be glad to send you the full timetable and programme on request. Opening and conference events are public. Please RSVP until May 7th.
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