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Ameli Klein

Ameli Klein

MA Student

Freie Universitaet Berlin

Ameli graduated from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz with a major in art history and a minor in American studies, receiving a VDAC scholarship to study at Dartmouth College NH in 2016/17. She entered the graduate program Art History in a Global Context: Focus on Europe and America, at Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2017 and will spend her second year at Cornell University as a Berlin Consortium Fellow.

She has previously worked as the Directors Assistant to the Dartmouth Program in Rome for Prof. Nick Camerlenghi, and has interned in curatorial departments at the Hood Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Ameli is currently working at the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia as a Project Assistant, spending her third summer at the Pavilion.

Ameli Klein's current research examines the ongoing impact of the manifestations of the Enlightenment on the collecting, display and research practice of western museums. She is particularly interested in the belief, that the appreciation of art shapes the moral and ethical character of the viewer and the resulting problematics of the appropriation of art to propagandize and promote political, religious or cultural ideologies.

Focusing on deconstructing the narrative of scientific neutrality in the museum display, she is comparing the installation of the Ishtar Gate in Berlins Pergamon Museum with the new installation of the Museo Opera dell´Duomo in Florence. She is arguing that the museum is a recent manifestation of the same Enlightenment principles, eschewing the distinction between the spiritual and the secular while using a highly curated visual experience to manipulate the viewer morally, emotionally, and intellectually in the seemingly neutral setting of a museum.