Lecture by Dr. Danielle Spera

2019-11-19, 6:00 p.m.
On the map of Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin or Paris, the modern institution of the museum occupies one of the key places of social and cultural life. How does Vienna compare on this background? We invite you to a lecture by Dr. Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum in Vienna. Her activity in recent years has made this institution one of the most interesting tourist attractions of the Austrian capital and a hot center for discussing Jewish heritage in Central Europe.

During the lecture at the ICC Dr. Spera will talk about the museum collection, exhibition strategies, management models, but also about building relationships with the environment - the audience, other cultural institutions and urban space. The event is part of a series of lectures entitled A city and a museum, in which the directors of the most important European galleries and cultural institutions talk at the ICC about various interpretations of the mission and role of the museum in modern metropolises.

The first museum dedicated to Jewish heritage was founded in Vienna in 1895. The collection focused on the culture and history of Jews from Austria-Hungary and Galicia. The museum was closed by the Nazis in 1938 immediately after Austria joined the Third Reich. In 1988, the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna was opened in the Austrian capital, and the first exhibition was inaugurated on March 7, 1990 in the temporary premises of the former ceremonial hall at Seitenstettengasse. By decision of the city authorities, the Viennese Palais Eskeles at Dorotheergasse 11 in the following years was designated for the future location of a museum dedicated to Jewish heritage. After the adaptation of the historic building, the opening took place in November 1993. In 1995-1996 the Palais Eskeles was modified to meet the requirements of a modern museum and a permanent exhibition was installed for the first time.

Danielle Spera (1957) - Austrian journalist, writer, exhibition curator, and from July 2010 director of the Jewish Museum in Vienna. She studied English and French at the University of Vienna as well as journalism and political science. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nitsch Foundation, the university board of the Medical University of Innsbruck and the program committee of the ARTE television station. She formally took over the position of director of the Jewish Museum in Vienna in July 2010. In order to adapt to the new direction of the institution, it considered the immediate renovation of the museum rooms at Dorotheergasse a priority. The renovation, which lasted from January to October 2011, aimed at a complete technical review of the infrastructure. Since re-opening after renovation, the museum has attracted a record number of visitors, both at regular exhibitions and at accompanying events.

As part of the City and Museum series, we hosted at the ICC, among others, the director of the Barcelona History Museum - Joan Roca and Albert, the director of the National Museums Liverpool - David Fleming, the director of the Copenhagen Museum - Jette Sandahl, the director of the Amsterdam Museum, and later the Berlin Museum - Paul Spies , director of the Trøndelag Museum of the Region - Suzette Paasche, director of the Department of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the Porto City Hall - Paul Silva and director of the Pommersches Landesmuseum in Greifswald - dr. Uwe Schröder.
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