Three protagonists of the current European museum landscape lead a discussion on the museum of the future. Ann Demeester, Chris Dercon, and Laurent Le Bon debate their opinions on controversial topics such as the critical vs. the emphatic museum, private and public funding, collection strategies, inclusion and intellectual challenges, the role of regional museums, and how to address new audiences.
“Something I want to avoid is the neocolonialism of trying to collect the world. […] What is the non-European and non-American internationalism that is in Zürich itself? For example, we have a Sri Lankan community in Zürich. Maybe it makes sense to look at Southeast Asia from that perspective. Not because we think that the Sri Lankan-Swiss will then come to the museum, but more because, this history is part of the city. It’s a way of becoming locally global, rather than the pitfall of just trying to acquire the world again.”
— Ann Demeester