ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012

Gallery Education

One unusual approach of GAM | Education, one that creates the conditions for developing detailed viewing and collaborative knowledge production, is the intense and early integration of and collaboration with children, teenagers, and young adults, which began a year before the exhibition opened. In cooperative projects with schools and in seminars at the University of Education Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, the themes and questions of the GAM research project and the exhibition The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989 are taken up and linked to the knowledge background, experience, and individual questions of the participants in each case. In addition to reflect the content of the exhibition’s themes, this is primarily about understanding current artistic strategies and determining art’s relevance to today’s society. Furthermore, the projects and seminars offer insights into areas of the museum that are often not visible to the general public. For example, storage areas are shown, and the public is permitted to see the installation of the exhibition; information is also communicated about curatorial decision-making processes and criteria crucially important to the creation of an exhibition. The idea behind this kind of gallery education is to convey detailed information about the institution of the museum, the production of an exhibition, as well as facilitating new ways for visitors to experience it.