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"Let’s see!"- Amateurs Select Art Works from the Depot

An exhibition project of the Kunstfonds (Art Fund) in collaboration with the artist Janet Grau and the citizens of Dresden
16 February to 01 April, 2012
Motorenhalle, Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Dresden 

When opening its collection to the public, the Kunstfonds (Art Fund) gladly follows new and experiential paths. One example of its efforts is the 2007 established series “Schaudepot”. This format inspired the American artist Janet Grau, who has been living in Dresden and whose artistic works have been characterized by the inclusion of amateurs in recent years.

  • - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.
  • - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.

"It is a public collection and it belongs to us. Let’s see what we have!" Starting from this idea, people who have no professional dealings with art were invited to select art works from the depot. Together with five different groups of citizens, Janet Grau posed a question that suited the direct requests and expectations of the participants and those they had about art and the collection. Based on the selection of the artworks, each group developed an exhibition concept that became part of the whole presentation. Here, amateurs functioned as curators and actively participated in a process that usually is only reserved for museum staff. The focus of the discussion centred on associations of art in this public collection and if the museum was able to fulfil the expectations of its audience.
The participants will join the museum education program of the exhibition.