Art & Curating

We have set the date for the international Spring Academy of the BERLIN ART INSTITUTE (April 27 – May 01, 2020) so that it connects with one of the most important art events in Berlin, the Gallery Weekend Berlin (May 01 – 03, 2020). The program of the Spring Academy is developed in cooperation with artists and theorists. This year it is about Art & Curating. In addition to the lectures, workshops and time for exchange at the BAI, there will be a tour to selected galleries and project spaces at the opening of the Gallery Weekend.

Program

Monday, April 27, 2020
2 PM: Reception at the BAI
3 – 6 PM: Introduction to the topic by N.N.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
10:30 AM – 12 noon: Lecture by Övül Durmusoglu, curator, writer & visiting professor at the Graduate School at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Scienes (BAS) of Berlin University of the Arts
12 noon – 12:30 PM: Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Workshop

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is a curator and writer living in Berlin. Her interests lie in the intersection of contemporary art, critical and gender theory, politics and popular culture. As a curator, she acts between exhibition making and public programming, singular languages and collective energies, material and immaterial abstractions, worldly immersions and political cosmologies. Currently, Övül is mentor and program leader in the Graduate School in University of the Arts in Berlin; section curator for ARCO Madrid and guest curator in CA2M Madrid. Her very recent curatorial project ‘Stars Are Closer and Clouds Are Nutritious Under Golden Trees’ has taken place in the MMAG Foundation, Amman. In the past, Övül was curator for steirischer herbst festival in Graz; curator/director for YAMA public screen in Istanbul; curatorial advisor for Gülsün Karamustafa’s ‘Chronographia’ at Hamburger Bahnhof, artistic director for the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled as ‘Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground’. She curated programs within 10th, 13th and 14th Istanbul Biennials; coordinated and organized different programs and events at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). She has taught in Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts, Linz University of Arts, and Muthesius Arts University in Kiel. With her writing Övül contributes to different publications, online platforms and magazines such as Texte zur Kunst and Frieze.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Time for artistic exchange with the directors of BAI

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
10:30 AM – 12 noon: Lecture by Krist Gruijthuijsen, curator, art critic & director KW Institute for Contemporary Art
12 noon – 12:30 PM: Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Workshop

Krist Gruijthuijsen (born in 1980, NL) is curator, and director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art since July 2016. At KW he has curated exhibitions with, among others, Hanne Lippard, Ian Wilson, Adam Pendleton, Ronald Jones, Hiwa K, Willem de Rooij, Beatriz González, David Wojnarowicz and Hreinn Friðfinnsson. 
 
Gruijthuijsen has been artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz from 2012 until 2016 and has been course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam from 2011 until 2016. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized numerous exhibitions and projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol, IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade, RS), Swiss Institute (New York), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo, BR), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, NL), Arnolfini (Bristol, GB), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, AU). 
 
Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited and published extensively in numerous collaborations with JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag, Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing Printed Matter, Inc., Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König and Kunstverein Publishing. Recent publications are amongst others MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES – SEVEN WORK BALLETS (Sternberg Press, 2015), VINCENT FECTEAU (Sternberg Press, 2015), WRITINGS AND CONVERSATIONS BY DOUG ASHFORD (Mousse Publishing, 2014), LISA OPPENHEIM: WORKS 2003–2013 (Sternberg Press, 2014), THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FICTIONAL ARTISTS AND THE ADDITION (JRP|Ringier, 2010), and several others under the umbrella of Kunstverein Publishing. 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Time for artistic exchange with the directors of BAI

Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:30 AM – 12 noon: Lecture What ever happens we must be prepared* by Maria Isserlis, curator, art historian & a co-founder of the curatorial platform A:D: based in Berlin & Dresden
12 noon – 12:30 PM: Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Workshop

*Alban Muja

The lecture by Maria Isserlis will offer some insights into creative exhibition making and her recent projects: Dreams of Freedom. Romanticism in Russia and Germany, Albertinum, Dresden and Solo Show of Alban Muja at the National Gallery of Pristina, KO.

Whilst studying Art History and Media Science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Maria Isserlis (born 1986, Kyiv, UA) became an assistant curator in the Contemporary Art Department of the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, RU), where she realised numerous shows including End of Fun by Chapman Brothers, while also working parallel as a freelance curator for the Goethe Institute St. Petersburg

After returning to Germany she was based in Berlin and organised the exhibition Home of Future at the Haus am Waldsee Museum. Since 2013 Maria has been working as the General Coordinator of MANIFESTA 10 (St. Petersburg, RU). Following Manifesta 11 (Zurich, CH) Maria joined the curatorial team of the biennial and curated part of new productions including Maurizio Cattelan, Mario Garcia Torres and Aslı Çavuşoğlu new works. In 2016-17 Maria was an exhibition director at the V-A-C Foundation Zattere (Venice, IT) and produced the exhibition Space Force Construction in collaboration with Chicago Art Institute (USA). In 2017 and 2018 she was a co-curator of the first and second edition of  aresearch program, AKI AORA (Tulum, MEX). From Sept. 2019 Maria joined the curatorial team of the museum Albertinum (Dresden). Currently Maria curates the solo show of Alban Muja at the Pristina National Gallery (Pristina, KO).

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Time for artistic exchange with the directors of BAI

Friday, May 01, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Visit to selected galleries and project spaces at the opening of the Gallery Weekend Berlin

The participation fee is 180 € per person (including buffet without studio workplace and accommodation). As a participant of the BAI Studio Program in block 05 or the BAI Friends Program the spring academy is free of charge.

The fee is VAT-exempt by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research pursuant to Paragraph 4 No. (21) (a)(bb) UStG (German Value Added Tax Act).

April 27 – May 01, 2020 | International Spring Academy

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