4-8 February, in collaboration with Art Rotterdam
Together 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.
Since 2008 works at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts 2013/2014 – Co-curator of the festival “VideoFocus” and creator of the weekly program “New Media” in the NCCA (Moscow).
June 2014 – co-curator of the exhibition «Error Message», Strategic Project of the 4th Biennale for Young Art (Moscow).
November 2014 – curator of the exhibition “Camp – alternative sensuality” in the festival Plums (Moscow).
Since 2011 in the department of cinema and video NCCA.
Curator and project coordinator at Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium. She holds a MA in Art History from the University of Ghent. Since 2010 she has been curating and coordinating several exhibitions at Z33, amongst others Atelier à Habiter (2013-2014), The Wilde Things. The so contemporary jewellery collection of Mrs. Wilde (2013-2014), All the Knives (any printed story on request) (2012), Mind the System, Find the Gap (2012). Prior to joining Z33, she was involved in several research projects at Sint Lucas Antwerp, worked at Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp and at Design Academy Eindhoven (Master Social Design). She has published articles on art and design in several magazines.
Diana Campbell Betancourt
An American born curator based in Mumbai. She is the Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, the world’s largest South Asia focused art festival. She has curated significant projects with South Asian artists such as Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana, Naeem Mohaiemen, Raqs Media Collective, and Asim Waqif, among others. In addition to running the Foundation’s exhibitions and international exchange programs, she is building the Samdani Art Foundation collection ahead of the opening of a permanent space in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Betancourt has also lead the development of the Creative India Foundation, a private foundation supporting Indian sculpture internationally and building India’s first international sculpture park. Betancourt co-curated ‘Energy Plus’, the Mumbai City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale in China, and is a curatorial advisor for the upcoming 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York.
He received degrees in Educational & Cultural Work and Art History in Ghent and Barcelona. After a brief period working as a gallery assistant, he started out as a curator in S.M.A.K. Within S.M.A.K.’s longstanding tradition of developing initiatives in the public space, Thomas has also been part of a team that advised, coordinated and realized art projects for very specific communities in the city of Ghent. As an author and an editor, Thomas realized several publications, working with publishing houses as D.A.P., Distanz and Mousse Publishing. After nearly 8 years of working at S.M.A.K., Thomas recently decided to shift his attention to developing freelance projects focusing on the accessibility of contemporary art. His personal preference veers towards practices that question the very nature of our human condition, exploring themes such as magical realism and metaphysics.
She studied psychology in Eichstätt. After a traineeship at the Kunstferein für Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, she joined the Haus der Kunst in Munich as an assistant curator in 2007. In parallel she continued programming the exhibition space ‘white light’, founded with Akiko Bernhöft in Dusseldorf in 2006. Since 2010 she has been working at the Haus der Kunst as a curator and as co-curated the first ever presentation of the Conceptual art collection of Herman and Nicole Daled.
She is a wirter and curator based in Brussels. Recent projects include: Ryan McGuinley, MUSIZ, Sofia, 2014, Politics without Poetics (artist talks), NICC, Brussels, 2014, The Dark Side of the Night, Anniversary program of the Night of the Museums, Plovdiv, 2014, In 2010 she co-curated Thank You for Your Understanding, Second International Antakya Biennale, Turkey. Her writings have appeared in Art-agenda review, Le Salon, Manifesta decade, revue 02, Art Margins, Flash Art International, Res Magazine, Kultura, Art in Bulgaria Magazine, Idea, as well as for catalogues for the Witte de With, Walter Koenig, the Bulgarian Pavilion and the Romanian Pavilion in Venice, among others. Her novel The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was published in Bulgarian in 2009 (Razvitie, Sofia). She is also the author of two plays. Dessislava Dimova is a founding member of Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Sofia and founding editor of blistermagazine.com.
Art historian, critic and curator based in Antwerp and Brussels. Being a regular contributor to the Dutch-language art journal De Witte Raaf, her attention goes out to reviewing emerging or underexposed artists, and spaces with manifestly independent programmes. While having previously worked at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, as of 2013 she was appointed assistant curator at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels.
Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen
Fredi Fischli (b. 1986) and Niels Olsen (b. 1989) are curators based in Zurich, and the directors of gta Exhibitions, ETH Zurich. Together they initiated the exhibition space STUDIOLO and the publication series STUDIOLO / Edition Patrick Frey. They have curated numerous exhibitions, including 69/96 (with Bob Nickas) at Gebert Foundation, Keiichi Tanaami, Schinkel Pavillon Berlin; Friedrich Kuhn at Herald St. London; and The Log-O-Rithmic at GAMeC Bergamo. Recent publications include Ashley Bickerton – Susie; William Leavitt. The Particles; and Trix and Robert Haussmann. Their regular column ‘Pioneers’ appears in Kaleidoscope magazine.
Since autumn 2012 Martin Germann is senior curator at S.M.A.K., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent. In the last year he organised various collection presentations as well as solo shows with Rachel Harrison, Thomas Ruff and Jordan Wolfson. From 2008 and 2011 he has been curator at Kestnergesellschaft Hanover, where he worked on exhibitions and publications with artists like Michaël Borremans, Michael Sailstorfer, Elke Krystufek, Larry Sultan, Aaron Curry, Julian Göthe, or Joachim Koester. He was also part of the curatorial team for ‘Made in Germany Zwei’, a survey show of young international art at kestnergesellschaft, Kunstverein Hannover and Sprengel Museum (2012). Prior to his position at Buero Friedrich, Berlin (2006-7) he was responsible for the programme of Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, a project space of the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2005-6). At the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2003-4) he coordinated five thematic spaces within the Biennial. He regularly publishes in books, exhibition catalogues and magazines, and has written on artists such as Kai Althoff, Dirk Braeckman, or Mathias Poledna. Currently he is preparing overview exhibitions with Belgian artist Lili Dujourie, and Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian. He is also a visiting lecturer at HISK – The Higher Institute of Arts, Ghent.
Tessa Giblin is Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre – an organisation encompassing theatre and the visual arts in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. She has also been appointed Curator of the 2015 Steirischer Herbst Festival exhibition, opening in the last week of September in Graz, Austria. At Project she has produced solo exhibitions with Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Mario Garcia Torres, Jesse Jones, Mikala Dwyer and Geoffrey Farmer amongst many others, group exhibitions including ‘Nonknowledge’, ‘Blackboxing’ and ‘Conjuring for Beginners’, and has instigated the Visual Arts Workers Forum and International Visitors Program (in collaboration with Irish Museum of Modern Art). At Project she is currently working towards a new commission of Garrett Phelan, an experimental, expanded exhibition of David Claerbout, and a conceptual group exhibition spanning all Project’s spaces and utilising the technical apparatus of theatre, called ‘Riddle of the Burial Grounds’. Tessa Giblin was born and raised in New Zealand.
Curator of Contemporary Art and Praxis Professor, University of Arts, Helsinki. Leevi Haapala is a curator, art writer and researcher of contemporary art. He works as a Praxis Professor, Exhibition Studies, MA Program in Academy of Fine Arts, University of Arts, Helsinki. He is now on leave of his curator position for collections in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki (2007-2014). He has worked as a researcher at the Central Art Archives in Finnish National Gallery (1997-2003). He made doctoral thesis on moving image and installation art from psychoanalytic perspective (2004-2007), The Unconscious in Contemporary Art. The Gaze, Voice and Time in Finnish Contemporary Art at the Turn of the Millennium (Institute for Art Research, Art History, University of Helsinki, 2011). He is a board member in Pro Arte Foundation and IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Helsinki since 2009 and a member of selection board of the Young Artist of the Year at Tampere Art Museum (2012-), a board member of the Finnish Art Society’s acquisition committee (2015-) and a chairperson of the AVEK prize 2015 (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture Finland). He works also as a lecturer, teacher, and free curator and he has written several articles to exhibition catalogues, monographs and art reviews.
(b. 1970 in Baden, lives and works in Zürich) He was curator of the Kleines Helmhaus in Zurich from 2000 – 2002 and managed an international artist in residence programme from 2001 – 2004. In 2005 he was co-curator of the IBCA – International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Prague. He is correspondent of the magazine Artpulse and lecturer in art history at the F+F School of Arts and Design in Zurich. Since 2006 he is director of the Kunsthalle Winterthur.
Birgitte Kirkhoff Eriksen
She is a Danish curator and museum director. She studied art history at the University of Copenhagen, opened a gallery (kirkhoff contemporary art) right after her MA and closed it 5 years later in 2009. Subsequently, Birgitte Kirkhoff worked as a curator at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art and at Sorø Kunstmuseum. At the latter, her exhibition series on “materiality” (2012-2014) became an exhibition format, where the theoretical foundation (Speculative Realism, New Materialism, Object Oriented Ontology) determined the curatorial method in various aspects (collection, cross disciplinary research seminars, mediation, exhibition, and events). In 2014, she curated the first solo show in Denmark with Tue Greenfort. In November 2014, she started her current position as director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde. The museum holds a collection of Danish and international contemporary art, which is gradually expanded with works created within the last 25 years. The main focus of the collection is the latest modes of expression: performance art, sound art, social art, new media etc. and the collection is continuously being adjusted to the latest currents.
He has been Co-Director of Artangel with Michael Morris since 1991. Amongst over 125 Artangel projects produced over the past decade and a half are Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993-94), Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 4 (1994), Gabriel Orozco’s Empty Club (1996), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s The Palace of Projects (1999), Michael Landy’s Break Down (2001) in Oxford Street, Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave (2001) in South Yorkshire, Gregor Schneider’s Die Familie Schneider (2004), Francis Alÿs’s Seven Walks (2005), Paul Pfeiffer’s The Saints (2007), Roger Hiorns’s Seizure (2008-9), Susan Philipsz’s Surround Me (2010), Heiner Goebbels’ Stifter’s Dinge (2010-12) and Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra (2014) as well as film and video installations with artists such as Kutlug Ataman, Clio Barnard, Yael Bartana, Douglas Gordon, Steve McQueen, Tony Oursler, Lindsay Seers and Sejla Kameric & Anri Sala. Long-term Artangel projects outside the UK include Roni Horn’s Vatnasafn/Library of Water in Iceland, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead in Detroit and Cristina Igelsias’s Tres Aguas in Toledo, Spain which opened in May 2014. Prior to becoming director of Artangel, Lingwood was Curator of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art from 1986-1990. He has curated survey exhibitions with Bernd and Hilla Becher, Vija Celmins, Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Juan Muñoz, Juliao Sarmento, Robert Smithson,Thomas Schütte and Thomas Struth. He is currently working on a survey of the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri’s work from the 1970s.
(1984, lives and works in Brussels) He is an art historian, independent curator, and writer. His major curatorial projects include: “Don’t Embarrass the Bureau” (Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2014); “Enacting Populism” (Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012); “Practicing Memory” (Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2010).
He has been curator in residence at Para Site, Hong Kong, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, and AIR, Antwerpen. He is co-curator of the “Visible” project, a research and biennial award for socially engaged artistic practices, initiated and supported by Michelangelo Pistoletto Foundation and Fondazione Zegna. Lucchetti is a visiting professor at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Sint Lucas, Antwerp. He has co-organised and took part in several public talks in various institutions, such as the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, the Steirischer Herbst in Graz, and the Centre for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg. He has written for art magazines such as Manifesta journal, Art-Agenda, Mousse and This is Tomorrow, among others. He currently co-directs the gallery of the art academy erg – école de recherché graphique, in Brussels, with the program “Visible. Art as something else”.
She is an art historian based in Zurich. Since 2007, she has been organizing the exhibition series “Plattform”, which shows each year new works by emerging artists from Switzerland in a former power station (www.kunstwollen.ch), and in June 2014 she co-curated the exhibition “Kill All Monsters” at Ausstellungsraum Klingental Basel. She has written several contributions for magazines and catalogues, produced artists’ books and was editor in chief of artcollector. Apart from her freelance work, she is currently working at the Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich.
She is an independent curator and writer working between London and São Paulo. She holds an MA in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College and is currently a PhD candidate at TrAIN (University of the Arts). Forthcoming projects include the Solo Projects/ Latin America section at ARCO 2015 and Tonico Lemos Auad’s solo exhibition at Pivô (São Paulo). In 2015, she will open a new non-profit space dedicated to Latin American art in London.
He is a writer, curator, and contributing editor of frieze, based in London. His recent exhibitions include ‘British British Polish Polish: Art from Europe’s Edges in the Long ‘90s and Today’ at The CSW Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, and ‘It Means It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton’ at Pilar Corrias, London.
She is the director of PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin (alongside Rhea Dall), founded in 2013 praxes. (). Recently Siegel and Dall were appointed Conveners of The Bergen Assembly 2016, a large-scale international triennial in Norway (). In addition, Siegel currently holds a position as PhD Research Fellow at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Based in New York for almost a decade before relocating to Berlin, Siegel worked at the Dept. of Photography at Museum of Modern Art in New York, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and Dennis Oppenheim Studio & Archive. As an independent curator, she was responsible for several exhibitions and live programs, many of them collaborative endeavors, including Definitely Provisional (London) and Cabaret Tribunale (New York and Copenhagen). She has contributed to a number of international publications, magazines, and catalogues.
Director Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany
Since September 2008 Thomas Thiel is the director of Bielefelder Kunstverein in Germany. He studied Cultural Sciences and Aesthetical Practice in Hildesheim (Germany) and Marseille (France). From 2004 to 2008 he worked as a curator and director of the exhibition department at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Recently he curated solo exhibitions with artists such as David Adamo, Latifa Echakch, Luke Fowler, Maria Loboda, Gabriel Kuri or Gareth Moore. Beside he organized group shows such as “More than a T-Shirt”, “In the event of suspicion” (with Wiebke Gronemeyer), “From A to B, from B to P” or “Beyond Gestaltung”. Thiel also invented the ongoing video exhibition platform “Subjective Projections” that is presented in the exhibition spaces as well as on the Kunstverein’s website. Thomas Thiel’s program for the Bielefelder Kunstverein got already two national awards: “Jump – Grants to Art Associations” (2009) by Arts Foundation of North-Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW) and an “Honorable Mention” in the frame of ADKV-ART COLOGNE Prize for Kunstvereine (2010).
He is Artistic Director of Tate St Ives, where he has been in position since March 2014. He has lectured widely, is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, and a contributing editor at frieze magazine. In 2012, he co-founded Open School East, an independent study programme housed in a former public library in East London, which provides free studios and tuition to a number of associate artists. Sam has taught and lectured widely on subjects including exhibition histories, activism, education and art criticism at a number of universities, including Oxford, York, the Architectural Association and UCL. He has also contributed to publications including Bidoun, Kaleidoscope and Picpus, and written numerous catalogue essays. Sam has organised a number of international symposia, lectures and music programmes, including Frieze Talks in New York (2013), and has chaired and convened talks at Tate Modern, the ICA and the Serpentine.
He is a curator, writer, network analyst, technologist and luddite. He is currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Gallery, co-runs LIMAZULU project space and facilitates the development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space based on contemporary monastic principals; set to open in 2014. Ben is interested in how systems of distribution, both human and other, come to affect our personal perception of reality.