But not everybody sees these efforts as a positive development.Art historian Wolfgang Ullrich worries about the way museums are changing.Not only for art's sake In Ullrich's view, yoga courses, cooking courses and fashion shows don't enhance people's understanding of art.
Together with the head of the Kunsthalle in Mannheim, Ulrike Lorenz, he has published a book that poses the question: "What can and what must a museum do?
" The former art professor fears that pressure to maintain a high visitor numbers ultimately harms museums.
"These are simply measures to fill empty museum halls." Why, one may wonder, do museums actually need to offer any new programs to visitors?
Why doesn't it suffice anymore to simply present the artworks?
But in Mast's view, surrealist art and Indian spiritual and physical practice fit perfectly together.