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Seminar: Take Liberty – visual arts and freedom of expression in Europe

Press Release   •   May 15, 2017 08:45 BST

To Oslo: Vasif Kortun (TYR), Anda Rottenberg (POL) and Barnabás Bencsik (UNG).

The National Museum and the Oslo Freedom Forum invite you to join us for a seminar discussing the challenges of the state of the visuals arts in Europe today. The seminar aims to reflect self-critically on whether we in Europe have been taking the freedom of expression so much for granted in our own societies that we are almost unaware when we are confronted with situations of subtle or more overt limitations to this freedom.

The invited lecturers, Barnabás Bencsik (HU), Vasif Kortun (TR), and Anda Rottenberg (PL), will talk about the development of art institutions in Hungary, Turkey, and Poland, respectively, as well as the situation and recent initiatives in the art scenes of the respective countries. They will also address the responsibilities that institutions, curators, and artists have to promote the flourishing integrity of art in society.

The invited speakers have long-standing experience both as directors of museums or art institutions as well as with freelance exhibitions or teaching projects. They all have a comprehensive insight into the diverse players in the field of visual art and cultural policy both nationally and internationally and will thus set their experience of the role of the arts in the context of a wider transnational perspective.

Monday, 22 May | 2 p.m.–6 p.m. | The National Gallery. More information on the program and the speakers here


About Oslo Freedom Forum 2017
The Oslo Freedom Forum is a transformative annual conference where the world’s most engaging human rights advocates, artists, tech entrepreneurs, and world leaders meet to share their stories and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. The 2017 conference takes place 22–24 May 2017. More information on the 2017 program can be found at the Oslo Freedom Forum website.


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