Emancipation of wonder

Special guided tours for art museums

In EMANCIPATION OF WONDER series, the discourse about art, which can at times be perceived as elitist or inaccessible, aims to be expanded to include deliberately non-academic, spontaneous codes.

As a strategy, the artists record the comments and interpretations of children between aged 8 – 10 while they visit the exhibition. Out of the resulting documentation material, Navaridas & Deutinger develop guided museum tours for adults, performed by actors acting as art mediators. The commentaries on works of art become acts of performative art.

EMANCIPATION OF WONDER series by Navaridas & Deutinger

#6 Guided tour with Alex Deutinger at  "Salzburg Einzigartig" exhibition in Salzburg Museum, Sommerszene Festival, Jun 2023

#5 Guided tour with Alex Deutinger at "A War in the Distance" exhibition at Neue Galerie Graz, steirischer herbst festival, Jan 2023, Dec 2022

#4 Guided tour with Julie Eröd and Jaschka Lämmert  at the Österreichischer Skulpturenpark, Joanneum Universal Museum, Sep 2022

#3 Guided tour with Monika Klengel at "Ladies First" exhibition in the Neue Galerie Graz, Sep 2021

#2 Guided tour with Frans Poelstra at "Ladies First" exhibition in the Neue Galerie Graz,  Mar 2021

#1 Guided tour with Pia Hierzegger at "Ladies First" exhibition in the Neue Galerie Graz, Oct 2020


In the original language of eight-year-olds the tour led by Pia Hierzegger offers an examination of art that is not obscured by art-historical tidbits of knowledge, and includes spatial explorations far beyond the standardised walkaround tour. Entertaining, eye-opening, very fantastic.
Kleine Zeitung, Ute Baumhackl, 31/10/2020
It feels unbelievably good that thoughts and reactions which one tends to culture-consciously conceal, are unabashedly served here on a verbal platter.
tanz.at, Eveline Koberg, 2/11/2020


Concept & Direction Marta Navaridas, Alex Deutinger

Performers Julie Eröd, Alex Deutinger, Jaschka Lämmert, Pia Hierzegger, Frans Poelstra, Monika Klengel

Cameras Ulrich Reiterer and Marta Navaridas

Video editor Ulrich Reiterer

Costumes Marta Navaridas

Production Manager Sophie Schmeiser / mollusca productions

Production Performanceinitiative 22

With the support of Kunstvermittlung Neue Galerie Graz, Universal Museum Johaneum, Praxisvolksschule der Pädagogischen Hochschule Steiermark, Stadt Graz Kultur, Kultur Land Steiermark, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport, steirischer herbst, Österreichicscher Skulpturenpark, Salzburg Museum, sZene Salzburg

Special thanks All the children who contributed to the creation of these tours and the art mediation departments of the galeries and museums.