Dorothea von Hantelmann

The Museum and the Social



To transfer socially engaged art projects into the museum - in itself a place with a distinct social dimension – implies a paradox: the exhibition, i.e. the extraction from a context, of practices, processes or operations for which precisely this context is by definition their prime focus. I would like to address some consequences of this paradox and discuss the (im)possibility of solving it.

Dorothea von Hantelmann teaches art history at the Free University of Berlin. Her main fields of research are contemporary art and aesthetics as well as the history of museums and exhibitions. Recent publications: How to Do Things with Art (2010) and Notes on the Exhibition (2012).