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Hafnarhús – TALK series: Heike Munder, Hafnarhus, Tuesday 18 March 2014 8 p.m.

Heike Munder, director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich, is the first participant in this winter’s TALK Series, a collaborative visitor program initiated by the Reykjavík Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Iceland Academy of the Arts.


Munder’s lecture, entitled It’s Time for Action (There’s No Option), quotes Yoko Ono’s song of the same name recorded in 2000. From the beginning of her artistic activity in the early 1960s, before the official term feminism became currency, Ono dealt with gender specific role patterns and rebelled against outmoded hierarchical and patriarchal structures of society. Taking Yoko Ono into consideration, Munder’s lecture will focus on feminism in the arts and trace the drive to stand up against these structures of order. The lecture will discuss topics such as the use of art as symbolic representation, a lust for life, and the conviction that in an active movement everything can be possible.


Heike Munder studied cultural studies at the University of Lueneburg. She has been director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich since 2001. She co-founded the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., which she co-directed between 1995 and 2001. Previously curated exhibitions include Ragnar Kjartansson (2012), The Garden of Forking Paths (2011), Tatiana Trouvé (2009), Tadeusz Kantor (2008), Rachel Harrison (2007), Marc Camille Chaimowicz (2006), Yoko Ono (2005), and Mark Leckey (2003). She holds a number of regular teaching positions, including at the University of Lueneburg, Goldsmiths College (London), the University of Bern, the Zurich University of the Arts, and the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht). Since 1995, she has written extensively for art magazines and catalogues. In 2012, she served on the jury for the Turner Prize.


The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich, under the direction of Heike Munder, commissioned The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson, that was recently on show in Kling & Bang galleri, Reykjavík.

Under the title TALK Series, Reykjavík Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Iceland Academy of the Arts initiated a collaborative visitor program in 2012, offering a platform for continual professional-, international encounters to take place in Iceland. Comprising visits by leading figures in the visual arts, this program initiative brings to the Icelandic art community, as well as to the public at large, the burgeoning ideas and diverse practices that define the terms and shape the dialogue within the contemporary international art scene.


The lecture takes place in English, is open to everyone and free of charge.
TALK Series is generously supported by the Goethe Institute, The American Embassy in Iceland and Promote Iceland.



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