According to the art magazine “Monopol”, the international human rights movement Black Lives Matter is the most important actor of the current art year. “The new emancipation movements as a result of Black Lives Matter have managed to put the issues of colonialism and racism on the agenda not only in the USA, but also in the rest of the world with a completely new urgency”, editor-in-chief Elke Buhr explained the decision on Wednesday.
“Millions of people demonstrated, streets with discriminatory names were renamed, public monuments are being discussed again.” From the point of view of the art magazine, there are also effects on established cultural institutions: “Museums around the world are debating how they can reach other sections of the population and make more offers for a migrant audience they are striving for more diversity in the program and staff, to decolonize their collections. ”Beyond an evaluation, this changes the cultural landscape rapidly, the magazine justified its choice.
“Monopol” honored the Austrian head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Max Hollein, as the “museum man par excellence” with a fifth place for the house’s mobility and self-criticism. The first female artist on the Top 100 list is in second place the filmmaker, author and university professor Hito Steyerl, who lives in Berlin. “Like no other, she combines political engagement with precise reflection on artistic means, accompanies our digital present with a keen eye, wit and irony, and also creates her very own aesthetic spaces,” writes “Monopol” in its December issue.
“With its fusion of activism, investigative research, technology criticism and artistic freedom, Hito Steyerl is currently the role model for the younger generation.” Steyerl, currently present with the exhibition “I Will Survive” at the K21 in Düsseldorf, has been to the Venice Biennale several times can be seen and also represented at the Documenta in Kassel. Last year, Steyerl was still in tenth place in “Monopol”. The magazine put New York gallery owner David Zwirner in third place for his commitment to more social and political justice in the art industry. The artist Wolfgang Tillmans comes in sixth for his experimental work ahead of Susanne Pfeffer, whose work is recognized as director of the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art.
Also in the top ten are the artist group Forensic Architecture because of their research into controversial issues and the American video artist Arthur Jafa, who, according to “Monopoly”, stands for “bridging the gap between pop and high culture”. A “special mention” in addition to tenth place is “Monopoly” the public sector, “which prevented many art institutions from dying in Germany in the Corona year”.