The Haus der Kunst in München is an exhibition space where things happen. It is a building burdened by history. The symposium for which I was invited, june 9, 2012, is about heavy history: about images of conflict, primarily war. I have always found this subject a tricky one for artistic contemplation. It can be almost pornographic in its appeal to commiseration and sentimental, vicarious suffering. And it can be the most powerful way of addressing, precisely, such problems. I expect this one to be self-aware enough to scrutinize rather than reiterate the problematic of visually showing the suffering of others.
München is a lovely city. It has some of the best museums in Germany, and beautiful architecture, parks, and neighborhoods. I just wish there was some leftover time to visit, but alas…