9-11 February, in collaboration with Art Rotterdam
In collaboration with Art Rotterdam the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of curators from different countries to participate in this year’s curators program during the Art Rotterdam art fair between 9 and 11 February 2017. The visit includes a VIP viewing of Art Rotterdam, special visits and guided tours to important cultural institutions and contemporary art centres in Rotterdam and The Hague as well as a number of social and professional networking events, specially hosted parties and dinners. The exhibition Prospects & Concepts, organized by the Mondriaan Fund in the old distribution center of the Van Nellefabriek, is part of the art fair. The exhibition presents the work of the new generation of talent in The Netherlands.
Director Film and Video Umbrella, London
Steven Bode is Director of Film and Video Umbrella, a London-based agency who are Britain’s main commissioners of artists’ film and video work. During his time in that role (which spans from 1993 to the present), he has initiated well over a hundred different projects, including major new works from internationally-acclaimed artists such as Isaac Julien, Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson, Mark Leckey, Johan Grimonprez, Daria Martin, Tacita Dean and Mark Lewis.
Alongside this commissioning activity, he has also curated a number of other large-scale group exhibitions such as Airport (1997, for Photographers’ Gallery, London; with Jeremy Millar), The Other Side of Zero (2000, for Video Positive, Liverpool), and There is No Road (2008, for LABoral, Gijón, Spain) as well as film and video programmes such as New Video from Great Britain (1997, for MoMA, New York).
He has written extensively about video, film and contemporary art for several publications, and has contributed essays to many artists’ monographs, including substantial texts on Dryden Goodwin (for the book Cast, 2009) and Zineb Sedira (for Beneath the Surface, 2011) as well as catalogue essays for numerous Film and Video Umbrella publications.
Director Villa Stuck, Münich
Has been the Director of the Museum Villa Stuck since 2007. He studied history of art in Munich. He has led numerous international exhibition projects at the Museum Villa Stuck, including The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994 (2001/02), Shanghai Modern (2004/05), Heribert C. Ottersbach (2008/09), Hito Steyerl (2010), Der Stachel des Skorpions. Ein Cadavre exquis nach Luis Buñuels »L’Âge d’or« (Tobias Zielony, Chicks on Speed, M+M, Keren Cytter, Julian Rosefeldt, John Bock) (2014), Roger Ballen (2014/15).
Director Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Iris Dressler studied art history, philosophy, and literature in Marburg and Bochum. In 1996, she founded with Hans D. Christ the Hartware MedienKunstverein in Dortmund, which she directed until 2004. From 2002 to 2004, she also worked as curator at the Museum am Ostwall Dortmund. Since 2005, she is co-director of the Württembergischer Kunstverein (WKV) Stuttgart with Hans D. Christ. One of the main focuses here is to explore collaborative, transnational and transdisciplinary forms of curating. Dressler and Christ have presented at the WKV solo exhibitions of artists such as Stan Douglas (in colaboration with Staatsgalerie Stuttgart), Anna Opperman (curator: Ute Vorkoeper), Antoni Muntadas, Daniel G. Andújar, Teresa Burga (curator: Miguel Lopez), Michael Borremans, Pedro G. Romero (co-curator: Valentín Roma), Rabih Mroué (curator: Cosmin Costinas), Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, or Ines Doujak and realized collaborative exhibition projects such as On Difference (2005 and 2006), Subversive Practices (2009), Acts of Voicing or The Beast and the Sovereign.
Since 2014 Dressler teaches regularly as an associate lecturer at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. She largely published texts on contemporary art and its politicial and theoretical contexts.
Director Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Gregor Jansen is Director of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf since January 2010. He studied art history, building history, and philosophy at the RWTH Aachen and completed his doctorate in 1998 on the subject Eugen Schönebeck. A German Legend. He subsequently worked as curator and has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues, worked as art critic, and free-lance author, and lectured in Germany and the Netherlands since 1991. From 2005 to the end of 2009, Gregor Jansen headed the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe.
Director Rupert, Vilnius
Justė Jonutytė is a Director at Rupert, a center for Art & Education in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she runs Residency, Exhibitions and Alternative Education programs. She holds an M.A. in History of Art from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Recently curated shows by Jonutytė include Laure Prouvost: Burrow Me (2015), Double Bind (group show and performance program presented in Oslo, Reykjavik and Vilnius, 2015-2016), Dan Perjovschi: Time Specific & Lia Perjovschi: Knowledge Museum Kit (2014) and Dora Garcia: The Jerusalem of Europe (2013). Upcoming projects include solo presentations of artists Lina Lapelyte and Jonas Mekas. The focus of Jonutytė’s work at Rupert, in addition to the overseeing of all other programs, has been the formation of Rupert’s Alternative Education platform. For this program, Jonutytė has hosted an intensive public program of performances and lectures and has seen through the realization of numerous projects by participants. In addition to education, Jonutytė has significantly contributed to the establishment and expansion of Rupert’s Residency Program, having hosted almost 100 residents in three years of the program and more than 50 related events.
Director Salzburger Kunstverein
Since January 2014, Seamus Kealy is Director of the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria. He is also a regular Visiting Lecturer and Jurist for the HISK (Higher Institute for Visual Arts) in Ghent, Belgium. From 2008 to 2013, he was Director/Curator of The Model, Sligo, Ireland. From 2005 to 2008, he was Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto. From 1996 to 2004, Seamus practiced as an artist with a concentration in painting and photography, and between 2000 and 2005, as an independent curator and writer. Seamus studied Fine Arts (BFA), including photography under Jeff Wall, and later Art History: Curatorial Studies (MA) at the University of British Columbia. Kealy has held artist and curatorial residencies in Canada, Chile, Ireland, Austria, and France. He has lectured at universities and academies in Ireland, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Austria. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Curatorial Writing Award in 2007 for his text “Ten Texts on 18:Beckett” by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Museums, the only award of its kind in Canada. He writes regularly on contemporary art and has a background in activism.
Curator Kunsthal GL Strand, Copenhagen
Anne Kielgast has an MA in art history and is chief curator at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in Copenhagen. She has worked in different art museums and non-profit art institutions curating exhibitions on modern and contemporary art throughout the years, e.g. solo presentations of David Lynch, Kara Walker, Yang Fudong, Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Curator exhibitions Zabludowicz Collection, London
Paul Luckraft is Curator Exhibitions at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Previously he was Curator at Modern Art Oxford (2010-13). Recent projects include the group exhibition Emotional Supply Chains (2015), and solo exhibitions by Athena Papadopoulos (2015), Rachel Maclean, Trisha Baga and Michael E. Smith (2014). Upcoming projects include You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, a group show of photography. At Modern Art Oxford he delivered exhibitions by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Houseago, Stephen Willats, Kerry Tribe and Howard Hodgkin. In 2006 he co-founded artist-run studios and gallery space The Royal Standard, Liverpool.
Director CIAP, Hasselt
Louise Osieka is currently working as artistic and general director for CIAP, Kunstverein for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. In addition, Osieka works as freelance curator and advisor and researches the oeuvre of Belgium artist Jef Geys. Osieka holds a MA in Art History (University of Leuven).
Curator Kunsthall Bergen
Steinar Sekkingstad (1978) is an art historian and curator. He has been working at Bergen Kunsthall in Norway since 2006, and in the position as curator since 2009. He is currently also a member of the expert committee for visual arts at Arts Council Norway. At Bergen Kunsthall he has curated exhibitions with artist such as Haegue Yang (2013), Nick Mauss (2013) Willem de Rooij (2012) and Knut Henrik Henriksen (2012), as well as co-curated numerous exhibitions with directors Solveig Øvstebø (2006-2013) and Martin Clark (2013-2017), including among others: Hemlock Forest, Moyra Davey (2016), All Around Amateur, Fredrik Værslev (2016), Image Support: Lucas Blalock, Marieta Chirulescu, Ann-Cathrin November Høibo, Eileen Quinlan (2016), futurbella, Jean-Michel Wicker (2015), eating or opening a window or just walking dully along, Ane Hjort Guttu (2015), Corruption Feeds, Will Benedict (2014), In The Year of the Quiet Sun, The Otolith Group (2014), Muster, Tone Vigeland (2014). Sekkingstad has edited a number of publications and written about contemporary art for magazines, publications and exhibition catalogues.
Jannecke de Vries
Director Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst GAK, Bremen
Janneke de Vries is director of the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (since 2008). Before she was Head of the Kunstverein Braunschweig and worked as curatorial assistant at the Kunstverein Hamburg, freelance art critic, freelance curator, editor of a regional art magazine and university lecturer. She published several texts on contemporary art and artists for catalogues and magazines.
In addition to solo exhibitions with a.o. Cezary Bodzianowsky, Shannon Bool, Vlassis Caniaris, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Mariechen Danz, Koenraad Dedobeleer, FOS, Sanya Kantarovsky, Matt Mullican, Kate Newby, Peles Empire, Kathrin Sonntag, John Stezaker, Mark Wallinger and Cathy Wilkes, she organized international group exhibitions which focus upon different social and cultural relevant contents like Space Revised. Friendly Takeovers, One Fine Morning in May…, Beyond Words, Girls Can tell, Inside the City. Public Space and Free Space, or (upcoming) Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion.
Director Culturgest, Lisbon
Since 2006, Miguel Wandschneider (Lisbon, 1969) has been curating the exhibitions program of Culturgest in Lisbon and Porto, as well as many solo (in most cases, survey) presentations and a few group exhibitions within this program. These are some of the artists with whom he has worked closely together to conceive and organize solo exhibitions at Culturgest: Francisco Tropa, Bruno Pacheco, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Jean-Luc Moulène, Willem Oorebeek, Jochen Lempert, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Asier Mendizabal, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Alexandre Estrela, Michael E. Smith, Jef Geys, Michel Auder, Walter Swennen, Ana Jotta, Helen Mirra, Florian Hecker, Guy de Cointet, Dorota Jurczak, Isidoro Válcarcel Medina, Lourdes Castro, and Alice Creischer. His curatorial work at Culturgest led to him being nomination in 2012 for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement given by the Menil Foundation in Houston. In 2013 and 2014, he was a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Generali Foundation (the board was dissolved when the institution closed in 2014).
He is a member of the Guy de Cointet Society.
Director Piktogram – Bureau of Loose Associations, Warsaw
Michal Wolinsky works and lives in Warsaw, Poland and runs Piktogram: formerly an international art magazine and curatorial combo (2005 to 2012), then a project space (2011 to 2013), now a gallery (est. 2013) based in Warsaw. He is a curator of numerous exhibitions and author of many texts published in Polish and international magazines, catalogues, and books. Wolinsky is a cofounder and former co-organiser of Warsaw Gallery Weekend. Recently he founded NOT FAIR, an art fair in form of an exhibition. Some of his, mostly collaborative, projects appeared under the name of Bureau of Loose Associations.