MY WORK WITH ART AND CHANGE

ART, ECOLOGY, AND SPIRITUALITY

Photo by Lisa Bregneager

In the shade of the old Cherry Plum. Photo: Lisa Bregneager

Photo by Lisa Bregneager

Photo: Lisa Bregneager

I have worked with contemporary art for the past 20 years: as a museum director (Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde), a curator (Sorø Kunstmuseum and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art), a gallerist (kirkhoff contemporary art), a mentor for artists, a board member (Gimle, Gong Tomorrow) and as an art advisor (The Art Committee at the Danish Parliament and Nykredit).
 
These various perspectives have provided me a deep insight into institutional strategies and transformation management, fundraising, curatorial practice, theoretical perspectives, financial management, board work, value-based management, the art market, audiences, communication, art interpretation, mediation, developing various formats for events, artistic content, audience participation and art practices.
 
Finding potentials in a practice, whether it is an artistic or an institutional practice, has been a recurrent theme and method in my work and a deep interest of mine. I really enjoy unfolding these potentials or helping others work their way to it. 
Being in Practice combines my interests in art, ecology, and spirituality. It is deeply rooted in my previous work and interests.
 
Art invites to questioning and reflection on our mutual present world, unlike any other areas in life. I am strong believer of art’s potential to affect minds, hearts, and souls – and ultimately change systems. The emerging field of Spiritual Ecology explores how we can reconnect to the land, to fellow species, to other humans, and to ourselves. Connecting art, ecology, and spirituality leads to conscious being and practice.
 
I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and a friend. I am also an Art Historian (University of Copenhagen) and hold a diploma in Arts and Culture Management. I have followed Emergence Magazine’s “Seeds of Radical Renewal: A Three-Month Leadership Course,” and currently I participate in Capital Institute's first course on "Introduction to Regenerative Economics. New Ways of Seeing, Thinking, Being and Managing for the 21st Century."

I have had a spiritual practice for 9 years and have undergone teacher training. I am now a teacher for a spiritual group, Practice in Being (fully booked for 2022). My practice informs my doing and teaches me about being.
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Common Reed, Møn. Photo: Lisa Bregneager

I have focused on unfolding institutional potentials through change management for many years now. In the process, I have spearheaded several strategic processes, developed programs and overall profiles for museums and for my former gallery. For Sorø Kunstmuseum I developed a holistic ‘slow museum’ concept that encompassed the exhibitions, graphic design, education activities and shop, ensuring that everything resonated with each other and with the architecture, the rich history of the city and the surrounding landscape. In line with this, I also curated an exhibition series, Materiality no. 1-3, introducing the theories of New Materialism on the Danish art scene.
 
I set out to transform the Museum of Contemporary Art into an engaging and collaborative museum. Ultimately, this led to the museum leaving its anachronistic building behind in favor of working from a new administrative base, reaching out into society and embedding itself in both physical and digital communities. Together with the rest of the organisation, I took part in creating a museum for the future, unlike any other.

The strategic process was supported by all local political parties and by close partners and stakeholders. It also led to me realizing that my work at the museum was done, and it was time to write a new chapter.

And here I am.