How should civil servants and policy-makers relate to the liberal arts? Recently, there have been several incidents in Sweden where art has been restrained by conditions and the so-called arm’s-length principle put aside. What does it mean to be unbiased and factual? What happens if we start to compromise the principle that art should always be free? In Europe and the rest of the world, art has been kidnapped by political interests. How can we support our country’s artists and cultural workers in this new political landscape?
Sara Edström, chairperson of Konstnärernas riksorganisation
Gitte Ørskou, director, Moderna Museet
Sofia de la Fuente, artist, Sölvesborg
Olof Lavesson, former chairperson of the parliamentary arts committee and cultural policy and LGBTQ spokesperson for Nya moderaterna. He now works for his own company.
Elena Namli, professor of theological ethics, Uppsala University
Zandra Thuvesson, policy officer, Konstnärernas riksorganisation
John Peter Nilsson, communicative museums strategist, Moderna Museet
Why is artistic freedom important to society?
Panel discussion with Gitte Ørskou, director of Moderna Museet, Sofia de la Fuente, artist, Olof Lavesson, a former cultural policy-maker, and Elena Namli, professor of theological ethics.
Date: Sunday 10 November 2019
Time: at 14.00–16.00
Place: the Auditorium, floor 2
Price: free admission
Booking: no pre-booking
The conversation is organised in association with Konstnärernas riksorganisation.