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Heading East: New Institutional Models in Central and Eastern Europe

The Mondriaan Fund, in close collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, is proud to present the symposium Heading East, which showcases the work of eight artistic directors, curators, and theorists from Central and Eastern Europe. They will discuss the shifting landscape of the visual arts in their respective countries or cities, and how this shapes the institutional models with which they are working.

The contemporary art field in Central and Eastern Europe has undergone rapid changes, not only directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (and the subsequent rise of capitalism), but also more recently in the continuing expansion of the European Union and the massive protests in the Ukraine. Eight art professionals from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia will share their insights and experiences on how changing social and political structures inform and affect the art institutions where they have been working.

Rael Artel, director, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Maria Arusoo, director, Center for Contemporary Art Tallinn, Estonia
Juraj Carny, director, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia
Sebastian Cichocki, deputy director, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Poland
Lolita Jablonskiene, chief curator, National Gallery of Art Vilnius, Lithuania
Kestutis Kuizinas, director, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, Lithuania
Malgorzata Ludwisiakm, deputy director, Museum Sztuki Lodz, Poland
Aneta Szylak, director, Wyspa Institute of Art Gdansk, Poland
Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven)

More information about the speakers can be found here.

The symposium is organized in collaboration with Juha van ‘t Zelfde (director, Lighthouse, Brighton, United Kingdom), following the research trip of the Mondriaan Fund in 2013.

Time: March 20, 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Teijin Auditorium
Language: English
Admission: Entrance price to the museum + €2,50 cover charge
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Book here.