Museum Talks: Manuel Segade

Our second guest in this series of talks is Manuel Segade, Director of Reina Sofía, who will address the question of how large-scale institutions might operate sustainably with transparency and kindness, in conversation with Tone Hansen


Sky Room

Doors open: 18:00
Start: 19:00 - Please allow plenty of time to get to the 12th floor
Info: The Sky Room has limited capacity, so please arrive early to ensure a seat. A live stream will be set up in Amfi in the Lobby should max capacity be reached.
Crew members can direct you to seats outside of the filmed area upon request.

This event will also be streamed live here.

Through the series Museum Talks, MUNCH invites key practitioners in the field, who are rethinking the role of the museum, to bring their unique perspectives to Oslo.

We ask: 
How can art museums be relevant public arenas for discussion? How can we contribute meaningfully to the artistic ecosystem? How can large-scale institutions operate sustainably with transparency and kindness? How can we include marginalized groups and develop new voices? What is the role of the curatorial in museums, and how can we nurture experimentation whilst retaining long-term research perspectives? 

Art museums are part of an ecosystem of smaller and mid-size art institutions, galleries, and individual artists and practitioners. In Norway, a number of museums were consolidated after the government’s museum reform of 2003. That meant more power and financial resources distributed across fewer institutions. This has strengthened the economy of some museums, but it has also entailed shifts in power dynamics, greater bureaucracy, and expectations of higher visitor numbers.

Since the move from Tøyen to Bjørvika, MUNCH has wanted to challenge what a museum can be. The contemporary art project Munchmuseet on the Move (2015–2020) formed a bridge between the old and the new museum. It was collaborative and inspired by the artist-initiated Prosjekt i Gamlebyen (PiG) from 1994. As a two-year-old institution on the waterfront of Bjørvika, with a greater mandate from the City of Oslo, it is more important than ever to discuss the role of the museum. MUNCH would like to continue to acknowledge and support the crucial work of promoting art in the city and provide artists with the opportunity to develop new projects. MUNCH sees that the precarious studio situation in Oslo is a major challenge for the possibilities for artists to live and work in the city.

Several institutions in Oslo have contributed to the programming, including UKS – the Young Artists’ Association, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Oslo Kunstforening, Nitja, Fotogalleriet, Podium, Kunstnernes Hus and The Norwegian Association of Curators.

Manuel Segade, (born in A Coruña, 1977) is the director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. He trained as an art historian and led CA2M (Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo) in the Madrid municipality of Móstoles for ten years, where he was awarded the CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practice Award (2021). Segade has taught on post-graduate curatorial programmes, and been an author and editor of numerous books, including Elements of Vogue, Kiss My Genders and Endgame: Duchamp, Chess and the Avant-gardes. He is a founding member of both the European Art Assembly and the European Forum for Advanced Practices. Segade curated the Spanish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Tone Hansen (b. 1970, Kirkenes, Norway/Sápmi) has been director of MUNCH since October 2022. She is the former director of Henie Onstad Art Centre (2011–2022). Here, she led a comprehensive rehabilitation of the 1960s building and established a strong artistic profile with an extensive live programme, topical thematic group exhibitions, and important solo presentations. Hansen was an operative chair of UKS – the Young Artists’ Association from 2003 to 2005. From 2016 to 2019, she was the leader of the Norwegian Arts Council. She chairs the board of Posten Moderne, a new private museum in Trondheim that opens in 2024.

Photo: Manuel Segade by Yago Castromil