András Szántó's book, The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues, surveyed the emerging landscape of museum practices through conversations with museum directors in fourteen countries on six continents, including the Toledo Museum of Art's Adam Levine. The picture that emerges is a museum field in transition as museum reassess their ties with audiences and communities, retool their physical and organizational structures, reckon with deep-seated cultural and political currents, and adapt to accelerating technological change. But what does this all mean for the Toledo Museum of Art? And how can the Toledo Museum of Art contribute to the evolution museums?
The world’s leading museum directors discuss the future of museums in the wake of 2020’s pandemic and social upheavals
2020 ushered in a new decade and with it a series of unforeseen events that have reoriented the future. As the coronavirus forced businesses and institutions to close all over the world, museums likewise shuttered. New York–based cultural strategist András Szántó took this abrupt halt of art-world activity as an opportunity to interview 28 of the world’s leading museum directors. Here, each director addresses the potential of art museums as both spaces for change and democracy, and as reflections of larger sociopolitical dilemmas, offering a glimpse into the many possible futures of museums in an accelerated phase of reappraisal and reinvention.
Contributors include: Marion Ackermann (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), Cecilia Alemani (the High Line, New York), Anton Belov (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow), Meriem Berrada (MACAAL, Marrakesh), Daniel Birnbaum (Acute Art, London), Thomas P. Campbell (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), Tania Coen-Uzzielli (Tel Aviv Museum of Art), Rhana Devenport (Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide), María Mercedes González (Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín), Max Hollein (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles), Mami Kataoka (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), Brian Kennedy (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem), Koyo Kouoh (Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town), Sonia Lawson (Palais de Lomé), Adam Levine (Toledo Museum of Art), Victoria Noorthoorn (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries, London), Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum), Adriano Pedrosa (MASP, São Paulo), Suhanya Raffel (M+ Museum, Hong Kong), Axel Ruger (Royal Academy of Arts, London), Katrina Sedgwick (Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne), Franklin Sirmans (Pérez Art Museum, Miami), Eugene Tan (National Gallery Singapore & Singapore Art Museum), Philip Tinari (UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing), Marc-Olivier Wahler (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva) and Marie-Cécile Zinsou (Musée de la Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah).