Symposium, Digital

Expressionism Revisited
Kickoff: Opening Remarks

6:30 pm
Opening Remarks (DE)

Dr. Jörg Albrecht (Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature): haunting|heritage

Ghosts appear because something happened to the living during their lifetime that doesn’t let them rest in peace. They revisit us. This also holds true for great cultural treasures; they too cling to us. In the work of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature (CfL), we are repeatedly confronted with the most prominent female figure of the 19th-century German literary canon: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. A writer who was torn between norms and structures on one hand, and the desire for liberation, breakthrough, and perpetual change on the other. A woman who, during her lifetime, only experienced a fraction of what seemed possible. How can she find peace after her death, which now dates back 175 years? What does it mean for an institution to coexist with such a specter?

Dr. Yvette Mutumba (Contemporary And (C&), Stedlijk Museum Amsterdam und UdK Berlin) in conversation with Daniela Bystron (Brücke-Museum): Es gibt keinen Kanon: Kunstgeschichte(n) re-visited

Expressionism is deeply ingrained in our collective memory. But what does this art style truly encompass, and do we require the notion of an art historical canon? Yvette Mutumba, co-founder of Contemporary And (C&), and Daniela Bystron, Curator of Outreach at the Brücke Museum, delve into the diverse themes of the Expressionism Revisited symposium in a conversation, contemplating the tasks that the title brings for museums, research, and education.


Dr. Jörg Albrecht is a novelist, essayist, author for theatre and performance, and curator. He has received numerous literary awards and scholarships. In 2007, he co-founded the theatre collective copy & waste with Steffen Klewar, which was awarded the George Tabori Prize by the federal government in 2018 for its work. Since 2018, Jörg Albrecht has been the founding director of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature (CfL). The CfL is the program operation of the Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff Foundation and a unique venue for literature and its promotion in the German-speaking region.

Dr. Yvette Mutumba is a co-founder and artistic director/CEO of the platform Contemporary And (C&). She is also a curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and teaches at the Institute for Art in Context at the UdK Berlin. She was part of the curatorial team for the 10th Berlin Biennale and a visiting professor for global discourses at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. From 2012 to 2016, Yvette was a curator at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main. She received her PhD in Art History from Birkbeck University of London.

Daniela Bystron has been Curator for Outreach/Programme at the Brücke-Museum Berlin since 2018. From 2006 to 2018, she headed the Art Education Department at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, and at the Neue Nationalgalerie, part of the National Museums in Berlin. In her curatorial and educational practice, she is interested in questioning museum routines and canonical concepts of knowledge, exploring spatial and social settings, and employing collaborative working methods.

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