Right to the City! Right to the Museum!



Luise Reitstätter , Florian Bettel


  • 31 October 2014–01 November 2014 Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lissabon, Portugal


Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, Arts, Museum, Recht auf Stadt, Right to the City, Protestbewegungen, Demonstrationen, Political Science


Drawing on Henri Lefèbvre’s claim for urban participation, heterogeneous protest movements emerged within the last years – from sex workers in Madrid, who refuse to accept eviction from their quarter, to artists in Hamburg, thwarting investors’ plans by squatting the “Gängeviertel”. The Right to the City-claim resonates strongly with different art movements, which embrace the concept of urban performance: Allan Kaprow’s Happenings, Günter Brus’ Vienna Walk, and VALIE EXPORT’s body configurations are just some historical iconic examples. The last years have seen a vital contribution of artistic interventions to contemporary protest movements. Erdem Gunduz’ Standing Man for example became the icon for protesters within Istanbul’s Gezi Park-uprising and an urban performance that thrived on the World Wide Web and in Social Media.

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Uncertain Spaces: Virtual Configurations in Contemporary Art and Museums


Ribeiro, António Pinto , Helena Barranha , Susana S. Martins, , Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation , Instituto Superior Técnico , Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas



  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lissabon, Portugal
  • Lissabon
  • Portugal

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 11:48 | Edit Date: 24 November 2022, 09:33