Dortmunder U Center for Art and Creativity
You were the Head of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and now you are the director of Dortmunder U. Why did you choose the Ruhr area?
EJ: Because of innovation and renaissance in this region. This offers new ideas, ambitions and experiments. And I like the fact that so many partners like the university, art academy, museum and the Hartware MedienKunstVerein are all involved in the U.
What is your vision for the Dortmunder U?
EJ: The U will be a mental carwash and offer fresh and intelligent thoughts through creativity. Art can give you new insights and concepts, and through participation you build on experiences that are extraordinary.
What can the Ruhr area learn from the Netherlands?
EJ: To open up to the public, to other museums, to the whole creative infrastructure. More marketing strategies. Marketing is not a foreign object but an essential function and task for museums besides curating and education. These three are the new tripod in museum management.
Which artists would you like to bring to the Museum Ostwall and why?
EJ: Definitely Roy Villevoy. He made a realistic sculpture of the young Adolf Hitler, called „Reset“. It is a work that moves you deeply, it frightens you, it makes you wonder, it makes you ice cold and warm and wondering. This artwork will question the collection’s idea of collecting “Entartete Kunst” as a mental witness of the strength of free artistic thinking and acting. Another one is Jonathan Meese. In the fall of 2018 he will make a space filling intervention in the collection. Meese is very good, my hero after Beuys and Schlingensief.
Besides the museum: what is your favorite place in Dortmund?
EJ: I like the Opern- and the Konzerthaus. Both have extremely rich programs. I saw Othello at the Opernhaus and I haven’t seen such a strong performance in a long time. Besides that I like wandering in the woods near Hohensyburg where we live. I like golfing and the fairgrounds here are really beautiful. A delight for the eye.