Collecting and Curating – A Positional Shift In The Art Scene?

FAZ Conference
November 27th, 2014, Cafe Moskau, Berlin

The cultural, social and economic importance of exhibitions has increased significantly over the past few years. This is mainly due to the greater mobility of people, objects and information, as reflected in the biennial culture, as well as to the increased importance of culture for the economic development of cities and regions. Today, there are over 100 art biennials all over the world that compete with each other for attention, relevance, and visitors. In addition, there are also triennial, quadrennial and documenta exhibitions.

The FAZ Art Conference on November 27th, 2014 was dedicated to the topic of collecting and curating and explored the issue of positional shifts in the art scene in this context.


  • Is the “canon of competence” shifting from museum curators to collectors due to the increased confidence of collectors?
  • Are there positional shifts between artists and curators, i.e., has the curatorial become more important than art itself?
  • What are the strategies and methods of curation?
  • What is the aesthetic, social and political potential of the curatorial approach?

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