The European Union has awarded 2.5 million euros to the confederation L’Internationale for a five-year programme leading to a long-term, sustainable new model for public museums in Europe. This grant confirms the value and significance of the L’Internationale network within the museum field and will facilitate its development as a new form of cultural confederation where collections, artistic research, technology and public access can be shared across member institutions.
L’Internationale received the EU grant for the programme The Uses of Art – The Legacy of 1848 and 1989 (UoA), a dense programme of exhibitions, symposia, publications, magazines, an online forum, an education platform and staff exchange. UoA concludes in 2017 with simultaneous exhibitions and events activated across Europe. By selecting two key moments in history, 1848 and 1989, UoA connects to a radical and transnational European history of citizen resistance and creative response to power. In both historic revolutions, issues of access to the world and its cultures were of fundamental importance to the new forms of citizenship being demanded. The five-year L’Internationale programme will revisit these moments and their legacy with a particular focus on the decade of the 1980s to evaluate the present and ensure new forms of transnational mobility for physical and intellectual history based on public access, inclusion and co-creation.
L’Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the value of difference and horizontal exchange among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected. Comprising six major European museums, Moderna Galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, Madrid, Spain); Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands), L’Internationale is supported by complementary partner and associate organisations from the academic and artistic fields.
Partners who have expertise and facilities necessary to realise the ambitions of UoA are Grizedale Arts (Cumbria, UK); Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK); KASK School of Arts University College Ghent (Ghent, Belgium) and Universität Hildesheim (Hildesheim, Germany).