Leichte Sprache. A symposium on art and participation

Symposium, from 30.6.22 to 1.7.22

Practical information

Symposium in German
Reservation required
Free Admission

Event overview

Participation in the symposium is only possible for people who have already registered.

Accessible language is a tool to facilitate entry to art and culture, with the aim to create an inclusive space that welcomes as many people as possible. But what is the difference between simple language, plain language and standard language, and how are these language forms already used in the art context?

The symposium will discuss how museums and exhibition halls are increasingly using information in plain language, thereby promoting accessibility and inclusion.

Plain language is the focus of various lectures by experts, presentations of field-related projects and of discussions in the symposium.


Venue: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstr. 1, 80538 Munich


Thursday, 30 June 2022, 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Sabine Brantl, Haus der Kunst
Luisa Wöllisch, freelance actress

Opening words
Dr. Andrea Lissoni, artistic director, Haus der Kunst  

What is plain language?
Understanding easily. Media workshop devoted to plain language
Verena Reinhard  

The pleasure of speaking - integral language and art education
Klaus Mecherlein, director, EUWARD Archiv and Atelier Augustinum  

Artistic intervention
Flow to truthfulness
Laura Schwörer, artist and pedagogical specialist for inclusion

Friday, 1 July 2022, 10 am - 6 pm

Sabine Brantl, Haus der Kunst
Christopher Förch, Cultural Department of the City of Munich

10.00 am

10.15 am
Opening words
Maximilian Dorner, Cultural Department of the City of Munich  

10.30 am
PLAIN LANGUAGE in the dilemma between emancipatory inclusion and participation orientation vs. anti-aesthetic simplification and ableism
Prof. Dr. Saskia Schuppener, University of Leipzig, Department of Education  

11.15 am
Plain language and its implementation from a theoretical design and museum education perspective
Dorothee Mammel, Galerie Bezirk Oberbayern
Sabina Sieghart, designer and design researcher  

12 pm – 2 pm
Lunch break
(To be organized individually; short tours offered in Galerie Bezirk Oberbayern and in Haus der Kunst)  

2.00 pm
Field-related projects
A weekend of plain language. A studio relocation project
Petra Waidosch and Kilian Ihler  

Plain language and design at Galerie Bezirk Oberbayern: a practical example of interdisciplinary cooperation
Dorothee Mammel and Sabina Sieghart  

Eyes that become visible
Jutta Pöstges, Anne Leichtfuss and Luisa Koall  

3.30 pm – 4 pm

4 pm
Plain language: What's next?  

Sabine Brantl, Haus der Kunst
Ruth Lobenhofer, social pedagogue, M.S, art historian, M.A.
Anne Marr, director of art education, Museum Villa Stuck
Laura Schwörer, artist and inclusion specialist
Moderation: Maximilian Dorner and Stephanie Lyakine-Schönweitz, Cultural Department of the City of Munich  

5.30 pm
Looking ahead and closing comments



Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstr. 1, 80538 Munich.
Lectures take place in the auditorium.

Registration via the Cultural Department of the City of Munich: https://veranstaltungen.muenchen.de/kult/veranstaltungen/leichte-sprache-symposium-zu-kunst-und-teilhabe/

Registration deadline is 20 June 2022.

By participating, you agree to the creation and publication of event photographs.  

The event is free of charge. On Thursday, 30 June, Friday, 1 July and after the event, participants will can visit the exhibitions devoted to Christine Sun Kim and Tony Cokes in Haus der Kunst free of charge; the museum is open until 10pm (Thursday) and 8pm (Friday).        

The event has been organized by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich in cooperation with the Haus der Kunst and with the kind support from the district of Upper Bavaria