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Che Facchin on Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest
15 January, 2024
The Reading Circle started off with a separation of the attendees into groups. Every group would receive a certain perspective into the world of the Kunsthaus, all of which were then discussed collectively. The visit confirmed many opinions I had already had of highly institutionalized museums, like the atmosphere of tension or the high threshold that most of them possess. It reminded me of a visit at the Museum Rietberg, where I was told off twice for going into an „exclusive“ space and being called stupid for it by employees. The group I was part of at the Kunsthaus was told off as well, within the first few minutes of the tour. I find it striking how museums manage to turn public institutions into areas of exclusion. It contrasts everything that I thought of museums in my adolescence.