Right to the City! Right to the Museum!



Florian Bettel , Luise Reitstätter

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Lissabon, Portugal, 2015


Cultural History, Art History, Arts, Museum, Right to the Museum, Protest Movements



Drawing on Henri Lefèbvre’s claim for urban participation, heterogeneous protest movements emerged in recent years, as people stand up for affordable and liveable cities against neoliberal tendencies. Strikingly, a vital contribution to contemporary Right to the City-movements derived from artists’ side. Erdem Gündüz’ Standing Man (2013), for example, became the icon for protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park-uprising. In correlation with urban protest movements, the paper’s innovation lies in formulating the Right to the Museum assuming that contemporary artistic practices encourage the negotiation of the “city” as well as the “museum”. Consequently the paper builds on an inquiry into artistic practices at the intersection of politics, urbanism, and culture. Along the three issues, establishing relationships, empowering people, and speaking out, the paper asks, which aspects do foster the involvement of citizens in order to become active players in their museum and their city.

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 10 May 2022, 05:15 | Edit Date: 24 November 2022, 09:15