STUDIO BONN. Listening to the Future

Exchange Values

Saturday, 20 November 2021, 7.00 pm
Live in the Forum and livestreamed

Part of the symposium The Public Role of Private Collections

Please note: Unfortunately, Chus Martínez cannot take part for health reasons.

What connects Renaissance princely portraits with digital art and NFTs? How do forms of collecting differ in different forms of society? How do decentralized collectives challenge museums, and what new concepts of art do they make conceivable? Is the accumulation of art treasures still in keeping with the times?   Studio Bonn moderator Kolja Reichert discusses these questions with Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi in Florence, the artist Harm van den Dorpel as well as curator and professor Clémentine Deliss.

As director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Eike Schmidt is in charge of the very origins of private art collecting. During the NFT boom in spring 2021, the Uffizi sold a digital copy of Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni. In an interview with the business newspaper Handelsblatt, Schmidt recently commented that ‘very soon the far more interesting dialogues will no longer take place in museums or galleries, but in the metaverse.’

Harm van den Dorpel has been dealing with certificates of ownership for digital art for years. He recently sold off all the works of the Left Gallery, which he had founded, thereby securing some unexpected income for himself and his fellow artists. He is currently advising a group of Dutch collectors, whose collections date back to the 17th century, on the possibilities of blockchain-based DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations).

Clémentine Deliss is Global Humanities Professor of History of Art, University of Cambridge (2021-2022) and Associate Curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, where she directs the Metabolic Museum-University. Her practice crosses the borders of contemporary art, curatorial experimentation, and critical anthropology. Between 2010–2015, she directed the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt instituting a new lab for post-ethnographic research. She was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study Berlin and has taught art theory and curatorial practice at the Ecole nationale supérieur Paris-Cergy, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and the Hamburg University of the Arts. Her book “The Metabolic Museum” is published by Hatje Cantz in co-production with KW (2020) and in Russian translation with Garage Publishing (2021).

TO WHOM DOES ART BELONG? is the second iteration of Studio Bonn in the series devoted to the subject of ‘Exchange Values’, which began in July with Crypto-Capitalism with Hito Steyerl, Joseph Vogl and Ville Haimala. With Exchange Values, Studio Bonn asks what is of value in society? How much is it worth and why? And how have the dynamics of value formation changed? The panel takes a closer look at the opportunities of blockchain technology for new models of participation.