Friday, May 22, 2015, 6 pm
The New Intolerance – Where Artistic Freedom Dies, Democracy, Too, is Threatened

An event by the Allianz Cultural Foundation and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
In cooperation with the journal Monopol
Venue: Allianz Forum Berlin, Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin
In German language

This year, artists and journalists in Europe have been murdered over caricatures, which afterwards no North American magazine dared to publish. Right-wing populist parties and governments increasingly demand art which is either ‘patriotic’ or corresponds with the ‘customs and traditions’ of their countries: In Hungary, a cultural commissioner is openly combating the artistic work of Jews, Muslims and ‘gays’. In Turkey, a state-run ‘Arts Council’ will, in future, decide which theatre pieces, films, ballets or operas shall receive funding. In Russia, film and television productions are subjected to a strict censorship disguised as an ‘evaluation of morality’. In China, Iran and other regions, art and literature critical of religion or the regime are treated with zero tolerance.
How do authors, artists and curators face the restraints of their freedom? Where do the boundaries of cultural provocation lie? May the Western notion of artistic freedom and satire demand universal validity? To what extent have the financial crisis and political pressure restricted the independence of artists and cultural institutions, or have increased the influence of private patrons and sponsors?

Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Chris Dercon (Tate Modern, London), Johannes Ebert (Goethe Institute, Munich), Parastou Forouhar (artist, Offenbach/Main), Veronica Kaup-Hasler (steirischer herbst, Graz), Marina Naprushkina (artist, Berlin), Johan Simons (Ruhrtriennale, Gelsenkirchen / Ruhr area), Dirk Snauweart (Wiels, Brussels), Najem Wali (publicist and author, Berlin), Christina Weiss (former State Minister of Culture, Berlin), Jae-Hyun Yoo (artist and curator, Berlin / Seoul) and other guests. Moderation: Annemie Vanackere (HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin) and Holger Liebs (Monopol, Berlin).

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