Walter Benjamin is an art theoretician and philosopher who addressed issues of originality and reproduction in his article, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936). Many years after his death in 1940, he reappeared in public for the first time in 1986 at Ljubljana's Cankarjev dom to deliver the lecture "Mondrian '63-'96". Since then he has published several articles and has given interviews on museums and art history. He most recently appeared publicly in 2011 to deliver the lecture "The Unmaking of Art" at the Times Museum in Guangzhou. In the last few years, Benjamin has become closely associated with the Museum of American Art in Berlin. He has curated "What is Modern Art?" with Inke Arns at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (2006) as well as "The Collection, The Museum and The History" in the exhibition "1:1" (2013) and the permanent installation "Lenin and Coca-Cola" (2011), both at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. A collection of his recent lectures, interviews, and articles have just been published in Recent Writings (New Documents, 2013).


Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 06:30 PM – 06:30 PM

Two Museums