Museum attendants, thick iron doors, fixed opening hours, silent rooms, CCTV, and strict security precautions: the commonalities
between museums and prisons are more numerous and diverse than we may have thought. Alarm systems, dedicated secure transportation
between museums, and glass walls that separate visitors from the objects that they have come to visit all make this clear.
This topic was recently addressed by the U.S. artist Andrea Fraser in the exhibition Open Plan at the Whitney Museum of American
Art. On the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA: China – Japan – Korea and the associated radical redesign of the room by the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata, representatives of Vienna’s museums
will discuss museums as “prisons for artworks” and vitrines as the equivalent of cells.
With Matthias Beitl (Director, Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art), Michael Embacher (Architect, Exhibition Designer),
Paulus Rainer (Curator, Kunstkammer & Schatzkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum), Christian Schicklgruber(Deputy Director and
Chief Curator, Weltmuseum), and Johannes Wieninger (Curator, MAK Asia Collection)