The Embassy of Joy: Palazzo Grassi hosts HKW Berlin for the new edition of Grand Tour
Grand Tour is the annual event that since 2014 has been dedicated to the dialogue about educational practices. The 2023 edition was animated by the participation of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) from Berlin, a 'house of cultures' conceived around the ideas of conviviality and hospitality.
For each edition of the project, an institution – Italian or international – is invited to exchange with the local cultural professionals about the most relevant issues affecting its educational practices. The host institution meets the public, which has the opportunity to participate in one of the activities conceived for the occasion in which Palazzo Grassi's or Punta della Dogana's exhibitions become a means of learning new educational approaches and of exploring the museum’s spaces through a renewed lens.
Over the years, various guests of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, among others S.M.A.K., Manifesta 12, Centre Pompidou, Fondazione Strozzi and Van Abbemuseum, have brought with them the diversity of the local context in which their institution is situated, generating a multifaceted discussion within the perspectives of each participant.
The Embassy of Joy with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in November 2023 offered a discussion and revision of the exhibition "Iconês" at Punta della Dogana, through a plural and decentralised gaze, to give evidence of the challenges faced by HKW as an institution.
The two-day programme generated reflection on the social responsibility of museums with regard to contemporary political and social issues, in a effort to decolonise ways of looking not only at the past, but also and particularly at the present. Faced with the complexity of contemporary concerns, participants were encouraged to think about the paths of joy and pleasure as a stance to be adopted in troubled times and to imagine the body as an instrument of knowledge and change and an active witness of processes of building ties as well as community through an experimental methodology of Corpoliteracy.