22 – 25 November – Amsterdam Art Weekend

In collaboration with Amsterdam Art, initiator and organizer of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, the Mondriaan Fund will invite 13 international curators to visit the event. This annual three-day art festival highlights the role of Amsterdam as a catalyst for new and up-coming artistic talent. Key institutions such as renowned post- graduate art residencies, galleries and museums will be visited in Amsterdam.

This year’s Amsterdam Art Weekend will take place from 22 – 25 November 2018. Amsterdam Art Weekend has an extensive and exciting program, showcasing the newest developments in contemporary art at over more than 40 of Amsterdam’s most cutting edge venues. This year’s highlights include the Gallery Night with openings by e.g. David Claerbout at Annet Gelink Gallery and Gabriel Lester at Galerie Fons Welters, RijksakademieOPEN, a conference organized together with ArtReview, an opening at the Oude Kerk with Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, an evening in EYE Filmmuseum with Ryoji Ikeda, an opening at Stedelijk Museum and a special program in collaboration with the German Kunstvereine.

Xavier Franceschi © Martin Argyroglo

Xavier Franceschi © Martin Argyroglo

Xavier Franceschi
Director Frac Ile de France
Previous to the Frac Ile-de-France, he was the Director of Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny between 1991 and 2002, where he curated numerous solo shows, bringing out now world-wide renowned artists (Michel Blazy, Maurizio Cattelan, Richard Fauguet, Carsten Höller, Franck Scurti…). He also developed an important publishing policy along these exhibitions.
From 2002 to 2006, Xavier Franceschi was part of La Délégation aux Arts Plastiques, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, in charge of public art commissions. As the head of the Frac Île-de-France since 2006, he has led a multisite project encompassing the curating of exhibitions and events at Le Plateau and Le Château de Rentilly, as well as the development and dissemination of a collection of more than 1600 works of contemporary art pieces at a local, national and international level. Solo shows at Le Plateau have been dedicated to the works of several now major artists such as Ulla Von Brandenburg, Charles Avery, Keren Cytter, Joao Gusmao/Pedro Paiva, Alejandro Cesarco, Haris Epaminonda, Aurélien Froment, Mark Geffriaud, or currently Elad Lassry for his first solo show in a French institution.

Olivia Fahmy

Olivia Fahmy
Curator and co-artistic director TUNNEL TUNNEL Lausanne, Switzerland
Olivia Fahmy is a curator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of Lausanne and Bern with a Bachelor and Master in History of Art, Political Science and History. She is now completing her education with a MA specialization in Digital Humanities (UNIL) and will be a guest participant curator to the program MASS Alexandria (Egypt). Between 2014 and 2017, she has been working as an associate curator at the Musée d’art de Pully (CH). Since 2015 she is with Sophie Ballmer, Anne Sylvie Henchoz and Guillaume Pilet a co-artistic director of the independent art space TUNNEL TUNNEL (Lausanne). She is now in charge of the editions and exhibitions for the Centre de la Photographie Genève.

Amira Gad

Amira Gad
Curator Serpentine Galleries
Amira Gad is curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where she has curated exhibitions of works (and edited the accompanying publications) by Sondra Perry (2018), Torbjørn Rødland (2017), Arthur Jafa (2017), John Latham (2017), Zaha Hadid (2016), Helen Marten (2016), Simon Denny (2015), Jimmie Durham (2015), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2015)’s show that received the Sky Arts Award for visual arts, Julio Le Parc (2014) and Reiner Ruthenbeck (2014). As well as the public commission by Lee Ufan installed in Kensington Gardens in 2018. Gad also worked on Serpentine’s 2016 Architecture Programme that included architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Asif Khan, Kunlé Adeyemi (NLE), Yona Friedman, and Barkow Leibinger. Together with Hans Ulrich Obrist, she co-curated the group exhibition Hack Space that was presented in 2016 at the K11 Art Foundation’s pop-up space in Hong Kong and the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator, Exhibitions & Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Outside of the Serpentine Galleries, curated exhibitions include Subversive Forms of Social Sculpture with Abdulnasser Gharem and Heimo Zobernig at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2018), Considering Dynamics & the Forms of Chaos with artists Angela Bulloch and Maria Zerres at the Sharjah Art Museum (2016); Blue Times at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria (2014-2015). She was also curator at Fogo Island Arts of the conference series that took place on Fogo and in Vienna at the MAK. She is a regular contributor to artists catalogues and has edited a number of books on contemporary art including the title Character is Fate: Mondrian’s Horoscopes that received the Dutch Best Book Design Award. Gad was also Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz (ibraaz.org), an online platform dedicated to visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa, and is a regular lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Golsmiths College of Art in London.

Anders Jensen

Anders Jensen
Director Holstebro Art Museum, Holstebro

Anders Gaardboe Jensen is a Danish art historian who graduated from the University of Copenhagen and University of California San Diego. The Holstebro Kunstmuseum was founded in 1967 and has collections primarily of Danish modernism and contemporary art, international contemporary art, a collection of prints as well as extensive collections of Balinese and African art. Jensen has curated and co-curated exhibitions featuring amongst others: Elmgreen & Dragset, Uffe Isolotto, Peter Linde Busk, Ulrik Heltoft, Maiken Bent, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Marie Lund, Daniel Richter, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jonathan Meese, Georg Baselitz, Adrian Piper, and Alex Da Corte. He holds a number of positions of trust and memberships (the Danish Association of Art Historians, The Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, ICOM, Danish Visual Artists, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts).

Jule Hillgärtner
Jule Hillgärtner
Director Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V.
Jule Hillgärtner is director of Kunstverein Braunschweig. She studied theater-, film- and media sciences at Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. After her master’s thesis on war photography in January 2005 she received the DFG-postgraduate-fellowship and completed her doctoral thesis on photography and video in embedded journalism in July 2009 (“Krieg darstellen” (representing war) 2013, Kadmos, Berlin). As a freelance curator, writer and lecturer she worked at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Städelschule Frankfurt, F/Stop Photography Festival Leipzig, Frankfurter Kunstverein, hfg Offenbach, Akademie der Künste Berlin. Recently she was invited as a lecturer for “Constructing Reality”, a photo workshop of the Goethe Institute at UAE.

Jussi Koitela
Jussi Koitela
Head of Program at Frame Contemporary Art Finland
In his earlier curatorial practice he has been looking into artistic responses to economic structures and discourses in the context of Skills of Economy curatorial research. Koitela is interested in developing pervasive curatorial, institutional and discursive practices for merged artistic practice, research and politics. Lately he has been interested in posthuman critique on Western ontological, epistemological and economical structures and institutional forms.

His recent curatorial work include Entanglements, Embodiments, Positions at Treignac Projet, In the Dark I Don’t Have Four Limbs at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary, Entangling Matter and Meaning / Intra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes exhibition at Treignac Projet, Agency for De-development in Tromsø at Vårscenefest 2017 Festival, Mattering City at SixtyEight Art Institute, City Agents at Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art (EKKM), Skills of Economy Sessions at Finnish Theatre Academy, Baltic Circle Festival and Kiasma Theatre. During 2015/2016 Koitela was participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme.

Samuel Leuenberger
Samuel Leuenberger
Independent curator and runs SALTS exhibition space
His professional experience spans the breadth of the art world, having spent time with commercial galleries, institutions, and non-profit organizations. Since 2009, he has run the non-for-profit SALTS exhibition space in Birsfelden, Switzerland, which promotes emerging Swiss and international artists. In 2015, he was appointed curator of Art Basel Parcours. In 2013, he co-curated the Swiss Arts Council’s presentation “Pro Helvetia.” He also worked at Stephen Friedman Gallery and the Kunsthalle Zürich. In 2016, he has become Member of the Commission at Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt.

Balthazar Lovay
Balthazar Lovay
Artistic director Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg
Balthazar Lovay is the Artistic Director of Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg in Switzerland since August 2013. He is the co-founder, together with Lionel Bovier and Fabrice Stroun, of the independent art space and editions publishing house Hard Hat in Geneva. They had worked with artists like Valentin Carron, Wade Guyton, Mai-Thu Perret, Josh Smith, Sylvie Fleury, Olivier Mosset or HR Giger. For Fri Art, he has curated solo exhibitions by Cameron Rowland, Robert Heinecken, Kathe Burkhart, Hannah Weinberger, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Ferdinand Kriwet as well as group shows like the historical « Film Implosion » that maped, for the first time, an history of experimental cinema in Switzerland. He is also involved in the experimental music field. In the last ten years he has organized live concerts by: Keiji Haino, Marc Ribot, Mayhem, Stephen O’Malley, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Acid Mother Temple, Antipop Consortium, Konono N.1, Laibach, Peter Rehberg,  among many others. He is a regular contributor to swiss art schools in Lausanne (ECAL), Geneva (HEAD) and Sierre (ECAV). He is a member of the current Pro Helvetia Jury for the Swiss Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.His next project at Fri Art is the exhibition « A Retrospective of Closed Exhibitions» that he co-curates with english-french curator Mathieu Copeland. In this context, they are editing a major publication about the history of the Anti Museum, an Anthology that will be released by Verlag Walther König on November 19th, 2016. In 2017 curated the first retrospective of Dutch painter Peter Schuyff both at Fri Art and at Le Consortium, Dijon, France.

Isabella Maidment
Isabella Maidment (cancelled)
Assistant Curator Performance, Tate Modern

Claire Mouléne
Claire Mouléne
Curator Palais de Tokyo and co-curator Lyon Biennale
Claire Moulène is curator at Palais de Tokyo since June 2016 and publication director of the magazine “Initials” from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. She co-animated with Jean-Max Colard the art section of Inrockuptibles for 13 years. She also is art director for Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain since 2012 and she co-founded the discussion platform Dear Artist.

Richard Parry

Richard Parry
Director of Glasgow International
Having joined in May 2017 he led the 2018 edition, curating the Director’s Programme. From 2013–2017 he was Curator-Director of the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. In that time he curated and organised upwards of 30 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions by Mark Leckey, Heather Phillipson, Jennet Thomas, Matt Stokes and Rob Crosse.
Following the group exhibition Sensory Systems (2015), Parry was awarded an Art Fund New Collecting Award to acquire light based art and in 2016 curated NEON: The Charged Line, the largest exhibition of neon based art yet shown in the UK with 25 artists including Fiona Banner, Joseph Kosuth, François Morellet, Mai-Thu Perret and Mary Weatherford.
From 2008 to 2013 Parry was Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery, where he organised exhibitions and projects including Psycho Buildings (2008), Walking in My Mind (2009), The New Décor (2010), Tracey Emin (2011), Wide Open School (2012) and Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing (2013).
Prior to the Hayward, Parry was Exhibitions Assistant at the British Council. Parry is a critic and writer and has regularly written for art magazines and online platforms including Frieze, Art Review and Modern Painters.

Kasia Redzisz
Kasia Redzisz
Senior Curator Tate Liverpool
Kasia Redzisz is Senior Curator at Tate Liverpool, where she is responsible for the museum’s programme of exhibitions, collection displays and international collaborations. Since 2015 she curated touring retrospectives of Maria Lassnig, Francis Bacon and Edward Krasiński as well as new commissions by artists such as Ugo Rondinone, Judy Chicago (both in public space) and Sol Calero (forthcoming). Between 2010 – 2015 she was Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, working on retrospectives of Alighiero Boetti, Mira Schendel and Sigmar Polke, as well as a number of group shows and film programmes. Over the past 5 years Redzisz has served as one of the lead curators of Tate Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisition Committee setting up the collection strategy for art from the region. Her independent projects include a major retrospective of Mirosław Bałka at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź (2016) and interdisciplinary exhibitions encompassing visual arts, film, performance and contemporary dance such as “For Each Gesture Another Character” (2014) and “Modest Muses” (2015). As co-founder of Open Art Projects, between 2008 and 20014 Redzisz curated and produced a number large scale commissions in Poland, US, UK, Grermany and Brazil. In 2011, together with artist, Mirosław Bałka, she established “Otwock”, a project exploring the notion of locality and the relationship between art and place. It features site-specific commissions, exhibitions and contributions by  international artists including Lara Alamrcegui, Tacita Dean, Luc Tuymans, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Marc Camille Chaimowicz,Taus Makhacheva and Lawrence Weiner. Redzisz is an author of books and essays on contemporary art. She edited  and contributed to numerous catalogues and published critical texts in magazines such as “Frieze” and “Tate etc.”. She is currently working on the exhibition inaugurating the activity of Muzeum Susch in Switzerland.

Bettina Steinbrügge
Bettina Steinbrügge
Director Kunstverein Hamburg
Bettina Steinbrügge studied Fine Arts, English Philology and Comparative Literature in Kassel. She was director of the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg from 2001-2007. Steinbrügge has taught at the University of Lüneburg, the Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and at the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva. In 2014, she was also appointed professor of art history at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. From 2007 – 2017, she has been a member of the programming team for the Forum Expanded for the International Film Festival in Berlin (Berlinale). From 2009 to 2011, she curated for La Kunsthalle Mulhouse – Centre d’art contemporain, and from December 2010 to the end of 2013, she was senior curator for contemporary art at the Belvedere/21er Haus in Vienna. Steinbrügge is currently the director of the Hamburg Kunstverein (since January 2014), and publishes regularly on contemporary practices with particular focus on art and the moving image.