Ullrich criticizes the fact that contemporary museums are primarily tasked with generating ticket sales rather than maintaining and exploring artworks and making them available for people who want to study them.Not only for art's sake In Ullrich's view, yoga courses, cooking courses and fashion shows don't enhance people's understanding of art.
"I think that all these activities are pointless because they aren't about art as such, but only use artworks as an exciting backdrop for attracting people who aren't interested in art but in yoga or cooking," she said."These are simply measures to fill empty museum halls." Why, one may wonder, do museums actually need to offer any new programs to visitors?"I've seen many works in the museum that immediately made me think of asanas," she noted."And that's why we try to establish yoga as a pilot project in the museum." Listening to the inner self through art Indeed, a growing number of museum halls are being turned into exercise temples, while others celebrate the newly found connection between art and yoga by creating special events.Following their meditation, they now engage in yoga in a hall on the museum's basement floor.
"Place your chin parallel to the floor, and relax your upper cervical spine," instructs Caro Mast, the yoga teacher.
Art historian Wolfgang Ullrich worries about the way museums are changing.
Together with the head of the Kunsthalle in Mannheim, Ulrike Lorenz, he has published a book that poses the question: "What can and what must a museum do?
" The former art professor fears that pressure to maintain a high visitor numbers ultimately harms museums.
In his view, prioritizing record visitor numbers with every show hinders museums from carrying out their main task: which is to collect, explore and maintain artworks.
Art expert Irmgard Schifferdecker of the Max Ernst Museum says yes.