The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues
by András Szántó
Capturing the mindset of a generation of museum leaders at a moment of accelerated change.
As museums shuttered during the 2020 novel-coronavirus pandemic, New York-based author and cultural strategist András Szántó conducted a series of virtual conversations with international museum leaders. At this pivotal moment, the directors spoke candidly about the challenges and untapped potential of art museums.
About the Book
The Future of the Museum reflects a rapidly growing, changing, and varied museum landscape in which dynamic experimentation is happening worldwide, with institutions in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia often leading the way in developing new models. It is a sector experiencing a moment of reckoning about inequality and social justice, pressed to achieve more diversity in staffing, governance, programming, interpretation, and collections. Meanwhile, the pandemic has exposed the underlying weakness of many museums' temporary-exhibition-driven business models, as well as the limits of public and private support. The dialogues reveal the diverse ways in which the search is on for new sources of income, new ways to engage the public, new ways to run institutions.

28 dialogues with museum leaders from 14 countries on 6 continents.

What emerges from the series of in-depth conversations is a composite portrait of a generation of museum leaders working to make institutions more open, democratic, inclusive, experimental and experiential, technologically savvy, culturally polyphonic, attuned to the needs of their visitors and communities, and concerned with addressing the defining issues of the societies around them. The dialogues offer glimpses of how museums around the globe are undergoing an accelerated phase of reappraisal and reinvention.
Each of the twenty-eight conversations in the book explores a particular topic of relevance to art institutions today and tomorrow.

Museums & Political Power
Marion Ackerman
The Public Realm
CECILIA
ALEMANI

Director & Chief Curator, the High Line Art, New York City, United States
Museum as Campus
ANTON
BELOV

Director, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Lowering Barriers
MERIEM
BERRADA

Artistic Director,Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL),
Marrakesh , Morocco
Museums & Technology
DANIEL
BIRNBAUM

Director & Curator, Acute Art, London, United Kingdom
Museums & Public Trust
THOMAS P.
CAMPBELL

Director & CEO, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, United States
Think Global, Act Local
TANIA
COEN-UZZIELLI

Director,Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA), Tel Aviv, Israel
Indigenous Voices
RHANA
DEVENPORT

Director,Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, Australia
Latin American Museums
MARÍA MERCEDES
GONZÁLEZ

Director General, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (MAMM), Colombia
Contemporaneity
MAX
HOLLEIN

Director, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States
Education & Inclusion
SANDRA
JACKSON-DUMONT

Director & CEO,Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, United States
Museums for a Better Future
MAMI
KATAOKA

Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Visual Literacy
BRIAN
KENNEDY

Director & CEO,Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Museums in Africa
KOYO
KOUOH

Executive Director & Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Art & Biodiversity
SONIA
LAWSON

Founding Director, Palais de Lomé, Lomé, Togo
Quality in the XXI Century
ADAM
LEVINE

President, Director & CEO Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, United States
Museums for Everybody
VICTORIA
NOORTHOORN

Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Museo Moderno), Argentine
Ecology & Slow Programmimg
HANS
ULRICH OBRIST

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom
Community
ANNE
PASTERNAK

Director, Brooklyn Museum, New York City, United States
De-Westernization
ADRIANO
PEDROSA

Artistic Director, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil
Location
SUHANYA
RAFFEL

Executive Director, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, China
Museum as Business
AXEL
RÜGER

Secretary & Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Immersive Experiences
KATRINA
SEDGWICK

CEO & Director, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia
Equity
FRANKLIN
SIRMANS

Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida, United States
Rethinking Art Museums in Asia
EUGENE
TAN

Learning from China
PHILIP
TINARI

Director & Chief Executive, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
The Post-Museum
MARC-OLIVIER
WAHLER

Director, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (MAH),
Geneva, Switzerland
Museums from Scratch
MARIE-CÉCILE
ZINSOU

President, Fondation Zinsou/Musée de la Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou & Ouidah,
Republic of Benin
"As one reads though the dialogues, a distinctive and more or less unifying philosophy emerges about what an art museum is and what it should aspire to be...
If the late twentieth century ushered in a liberating pluralism in art and cultural expression, it can only be hoped that the twenty-first century will do the same for the institutions of art. This sense of open possibility would be the ultimate guarantor of the enduring strength and relevance of the museum form." –András Szántó
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