The Museum as Future-Thinking Machine

Glean 4, Summer 2024

Interview by Dieter Roelstraete

Ann Demeester & Elena Filipovic

A new wave of forward-thinking directors is reimagining the role Swiss museums can play in society. Dieter Roelstraete talks to Ann Demeester, director of Kunsthaus Zürich, and Elena Filipovic, incoming director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, about the emancipatory potential of museums, bridging divided publics and how all art is contemporary.

DR: (Dieter Roelstraete) Ann, you became director of Kunst­haus Zürich, now the largest art museum in Switzerland, in 2023. Elena, you’re about to take the helm as director of Kunstmuseum Basel, which is home to the oldest public art collection in the world. By way of introduction, can you each give a brief account of your respective trajectories in the art world and the path that has led you to where you are now?

EF: (Elena Filipovic) I’ve just finished up a more than nine-year tenur (…)

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