The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections and working methods in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting the various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary art museum are changing: its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions ans educational programs based on participatory approach, intended for both, the audience and the staff.
Workshop by Tina Helen and Søren Thilo Funder
In the exhibition spaces of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb a group of young boys and girls are planning a major art heist. A specific piece of art is at the center of their attention and by the end of the day the artwork will be theirs. To get to the chosen piece of art, will require quite some planning, attention, focus and most important a collective effort. The museum must be mapped out, guard routines recorded and alarm systems bypassed.
Big Museum Heist combines close discussions on the value set of art, the role of art and the museum in cultural identity as well as popular fiction, with a series of physical and fun exercises. Through a fictive scenario of a meticulously orchestrated museum heist, the workshop sets out to do a collective “mapping” of the museum space, building a different understanding of the art collection, the museum architecture and the daily routines of the museum. The participants will work in teams spotting for cameras, guard routines – drawing maps and timetables of the architecture and different routines of the museum and its staff. A detailed plan for the heist will be sketched out in group collaboration and finally a maze of laser alarms will have to be navigated through, in order to get to the art work.
The workshop will be held in a fun and warm tone playing with the fictive universe of Hollywood Movies. The participants will have to combine skills of observation, concentration, idea making, teamwork and physical movements, within a nuanced dialogue about the more general roles of art, museums, spectators and value. What is art? What is its value? How is value defined? How does the architecture of the museum work? What is fiction and what is reality?
Danish artists Tina Helen and Soren Thilo Funder will conduct the workshop. The workshop will last three hours and Croatian assistants will be present for translation.