The Museum is a new member of L’Internationale

  • The Museum is a new member of L’Internationale

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw is a new member of L’Internationale - the confederation of modern and contemporary art institutions, that brings together MACBA (Barcelona), Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerp), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), and the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid).

L’Internationale was founded nine years ago on the initiative of Moderna galerija, Ljubljana. It is based on collaboration between the member museums and other European institutions of modern and contemporary art working together as part of a network, with the contact between art and society one of its foremost principles.

As part of the Creative Europe Culture Programme, the European Commission will provide 2 million euros to fund the cultural project Our Many Europes, to be implemented and developed over the next four years by L’Internationale and headed, on this occasion, by the Museo Reina Sofía. The aim of the project is to broaden the types of visitors who walk through the doors of these art centers, enhancing visitor-museum engagement through innovative strategies adapted to the present day.

The Our Many Europes project and its wide-ranging schedule of lectures, exhibitions and education initiatives seek to advocate a more active role for visitors, studying more innovative forms of participation and considering the input of new technology.

The content of each activity will focus on the 1990s, the dawn of contemporary Europe and a decade which saw a pivotal change take place, from an art perspective, in a society that opened up to the Internet and broadened horizons.

To date, L’Internationale has successfully implemented its program of cultural projects with European Union’s funding twice: Entitled1957–1986. Art from the Decline of Modernism to the Rise of Globalization, the first program was headed by Moderna galerija. Next cameThe Uses of Artproject, which brought new readings of European art history to a broader public, generating around 1,900 activities – exhibitions, lectures, seminars – and attracting over 1,600,000 visitors over the past four years.

The first meeting between L´Internationale members and their partners in the Our Many Europes project took place at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and was attended by the directors from each of L’Internationale’s member museums: Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna galerija); Bart de Baere, (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp); Ferran Barenblit, (MACBA); Charles Esche, (Van Abbemuseum); Joanna Mytkowska (MSN Warsaw); Meriç Oner (SALT); and Manuel Borja-Villel, (Museo Reina Sofía).

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