October 2005 to September 2008

EU-project in cooperation with

  • Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL

  • European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Wien, A

  • Kumu Art Museum / Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, EST

  • Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, A

  • MACBA, Barcelona, E

translate intends to network and develop exemplary contemporary museum practices focussing on processes of cultural translation in Europe.

translate investigates and promotes the role of contemporary museum and exhibition practices in relation to processes of cultural translation through a series of transnational measures that are mutually interconnected in terms of both content and structure:

12 projects carried out in an exemplary way in various museums and collections of modern art linking critical interventions by contemporary artists with strategies for opening up the museum space and increasing its accessibility for various social groups

10 discursive projects (research, workshops, symposiums, etc.) foster theoretical reflection on the theme of cultural translation and its relevance to questions of cultural heritage in Europe through exchanges among experts

4 networking and mobility projects for art historians, museum experts, artists and an interested public support connecting the levels of practice and theory

The multilingual translate web journal, a series of publications and catalogues that are published in the different countries involved in the project, and a study and a mailing list make the contents and results of the project accessible to a broad, interested public throughout Europe. They also promote exchange and broad participation in the discussion of cultural translation in terms of current developments in the area of museums and collections of modern art.

Participating Institutions

  • European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna, A (Coordinator)

  • Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, (Co-organiser)

  • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), E (Co-organiser)

  • Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Eindhoven, NL (Co-organiser)

  • Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, EST (Co-organiser)

  • Kunstmuseum Lentos, Linz, A (Co-organiser)

  • Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, LV

  • Assemblée transeuropéenne pour traduire les cultures, Paris, F

  • Contemporary Art Information Center of the Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius, LT

  • IG Kultur Österreich, Vienna, A

  • Kunstraum Goethestraße, Linz, A

  • Wyspa Progress Foundation, Gdansk, PL

  • schnittpunkt Vienna, A

  • metszéspont Budapest, H

translate is carried out with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union.