Die Musealisierung der Gegenwart

Einladung

zur Buchpräsentation mit Vortrag

am 9. Mai 2014 um 17 Uhr

im Haus der Geschichte, Bonn

PROGRAMM

Begrüßung

Dr. Dietmar Preißler, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bonner Gesellschaft für Volkskunde und Kulturwissenschaften e. V.

Vortrag

Prof. Dr. Paul van de Laar, Museum Rotterdam, Collecting and connecting. Rethinking contemporary heritage.

Buchpräsentation

Gespräch mit den Herausgeberinnen Dr. Sophie Elpers und Anna Palm M. A.

Sektempfang

Moderation: Verena Lammert M. A., WDR

Veranstaltungsort: Haus der Geschichte, Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn, ÖPNV: U-Bahn Linien 16, 63 und

66, Haltestelle Heussallee/Museumsmeile

Anmeldung bitte bis zum 5. Mai 2014 bei Anna Palm: apalm@uni-bonn.de

First Dutch Vehicle Registration Card Becomes Heritage on Day off Issue

The Netherlands change to a new vehicle registration card, plastic instead of paper. The first card was issued for the Toyota 200GT in the collection of the Louwman Museum in Den Haag. That way it became part of the collection right away and can be considered cultural heritage. A fine example of contemporary collecting.

The Toyota 200GT is a remarkable car, only 337 were manufactured and it can be considered a turning point in the self esteem of the Japanese automotive industry. The Toyota 220GT featured in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice which is an interesting anecdotal fact in this case. The Louwman Toyota 200GT was taken out of the world of motoring by turning it into a museum object. Now the Louwman Toyota is licensed to be driven again on the public road. Heritage as the second life of objects. Museum objects getting a second life in real life. Very much to the point, especially considering that Mr. Louwman made his fortune by importing Toyota’s.

Bitcoins

Bitcoins, a virtual currency, are booming business. Invented in 2009, they are now a hype, spurred by the uncertainties of the banking crisis. Read Kevin Roose in the New York Magazine about his acquisition of a bitcoin. Interestingly enough the British Museum collected a ‘coined’ version of the bitcoin, made by Mike Caldwell. Doe the BM have a real bitcoin in the collection? Or is that to difficult to collect and keep?

Bitcoin, reverse side, made by Mike Caldwell. British Museum, Coins & Metals department  inventory number 2012,4040.4. Donated by Mike Caldwell.

Bitcoin, reverse side, made by Mike Caldwell. British Museum, Coins & Metals department  inventory number 2012,4040.4. Donated by Mike Caldwell.

Bitcoin, solid version, front side, made by Mike Caldwell. Collection British Museum, Coins & Metals department. Registration number  2012,4040.4. Donated by Mike Caldwell.

Bitcoin, solid version, front side, made by Mike Caldwell. Collection British Museum, Coins & Metals department. Registration number  2012,4040.4. Donated by Mike Caldwell.

already the removal is commented. No misunderstanding about how the collectors action is judged.

already the removal is commented. No misunderstanding about how the collectors action is judged.

The Banksy mural was not just a thing the neighbourhood valued and treasured. It attracted people from everywhere. It was an example of art putting a place on the map. In that way it was far more then a simple gift from Banksy to the community. Banksy did something that changed the image the people had of themeselves.

The Banksy mural was not just a thing the neighbourhood valued and treasured. It attracted people from everywhere. It was an example of art putting a place on the map. In that way it was far more then a simple gift from Banksy to the community. Banksy did something that changed the image the people had of themeselves.

Who’s art is this? Banksy mural removed and put up for sale.

Banksy is probably the most famous graffiti artist and a very daring, provocative and creative opinionator. In the Netherlands graffiti is nominated for listing as intangible heritage, the city of Eindhoven campaigning to be the Dutch capital of graffiti. However, graffiti can be just as material as any fine art, as is demonstrated by the online auction of a Banksy mural in Miami, estimated at a 450.000 pounds. The piece came from Wood Green in London and was ‘robbed’ by an anonymous collector, much to the grief of the neighbourhood. “We want our Banksy back”, says councillor Alan Strickland, “the community feels that this art was given to us, for free, now it’s been taken away to be sold for huge profit.” Graffiti as art, owned by the community, cherished and appreciated. And sought after by international collectors. Is this the corrupting force of collecting?

(Source: Daily Mail)

Banksy, ‘Slave Labor (Bunting Boy)’ 2012, mural created on the occasion of the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, unexpectedly removed and put up for sale.