TODAY IS THE DAY Singapore

 

ORIGINATOR

Noritoshi Hirakawa

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Noritoshi Hirakawa | New York

Shuntaro Kondo | Tokyo

 

ADVISORY BOARD | PROFILE

  • Marina Abramović Artist | New York

    Marina Abramović born in 1946, in Belgrade, Serbia who began her career in the early 1970s as a performance artist. Abramović's work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. They are often referred to liberation from communism system of Yosip Broz Tito. Studied painting at the academy of arts in Belgrade (1965-1970). She began body art and performance art after the graduation. Also started working on conceptual art from 1968, did the first performance in 1973. In 1970's, she was teaching at the academy of fine arts in Novi Sad, also participated in Hermann Nitsch's performance activities.

    In 1976, begun the performance series "Relationworks" with Uwe Laysiepen which explores a theme of "a couple". She was also a professor at the art academy of fine arts in Paris, Berlin university of the arts (1990-1992), the university of fine arts of Hamburg (1992-1996), the Braunschweig University of Art (1997-2004). In 2003, founded an organization "Independent Performance Group" which supports and digs up young performance artists in New York (dissolved in 2007). Currently works in NY.

     

    Main works : Rhythm 10, 1973, Rhythm 5, 1974, Rhythm 2, 1974, Rhythm 0, 1974, Relationworks, 1976-1988, Seven Easy Pieces, 2005

     

    Prizes and Awords:Golden Lion, XLVII Venice Biennale (1997), Niedersächsischer Kunstpreis (2003) New York Dance and Performance Awards (2003)、International Association of Art Critics, Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Award (2003), Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (2008), Honorary Doctorate of Arts, University of Plymouth UK (2009) Cultural Leadership Award, American Federation of Arts (2011), Honorary Doctorate of Arts, Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba, (2012),  '13 July' Lifetime Achievement Awards, Podgorica, Montenegro (2012) , Berliner Bear (2012)

  • Kazuki Chiga  Artist, Writer | Tokyo

    Kazuki Chiga is a writer and master Taoist who researches the authentic meaning of the Tao. During his childhood, Kazuki Chiga experienced a spiritual enlightenment through dance that changed his life. Since then, he has used dance as a way to connect with the Tao energy of the universe. Mr. Kazuki Chiga authored "Law of Gaia" and "Tao Code," a text that investigates the meaning of Tao by revisiting the teachings of Lao Tzu. Mr. Chiga's reflections on the Tao are applicable in today's quickly transforming contemporary society.

     

  • Catherine David Curator, Director of Documenta X,

    Ex-curator Center Pompidou | Paris

    Catherine David studied Linguistics and History of Art at the Université de la Sorbonne-Paris III and Ecole du Louvre in Paris.

     

    From 1982 to 1990 she was Curator at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, and from 1990 to 1994 at Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, both in Paris, where she organized several monographs and group exhibitions, including: Lothar Baumgarten; Reinhard Mucha; “Passages de L’Image”; “Stan Douglas: Monodramas and Television Spots”; “Desordres” (Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak, Tunga); Choreh Feyzdjou; Thomas Hirshorn; Suzanne Lafont; Marcel Broodthaers; Helio Oiticica; Robert Gober; Gilberto Zorio; Jeff Wall and Chantal Ackerman: D’Est.

     

    From 1994 to 1997 David served as Artistic Director for documenta X in Kassel, Germany, and Since 1998 she has been Director of the long-term project Contemporary Arab Representations (Beirut/Cairo/Iraqi Equation) produced by Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona. In 2000 she organized “The State of Things” for Kunst Werke, Berlin. Between 2002 and 2004 David was Director of the Witte de With Rotterdam in the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2005 she was Rudolf Arnim Guest professor at Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2005 to 2006 she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2007 she organized the monograph exhibition of Bahman Jalali at Tàpies Fondation in Barcelona and the interdisciplinary event: Di/Visions: Culture and Politics of the Middle East at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In 2008 she received the Bard Award for curatorial excellence in New York. In 2009 she was curator of the ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage) pavilion at Venice Biennal. In March 2011 she organized the  Hassan Sharif exhibition “Experiments & Objects 1979–2011” at the ADACH Exhibition hall in Abu Dhabi; she has launched the first monographic book on the artist (published by Cantz /ADACH) in Venice Biennale in June 2011. In 2012 she organized “Blind Spot,” HKW Berlin; “Mutatis Mutandis,” Secession, Vienna; and “Marwan & Abdel Rahman Munif Correspondances 1991–2004,” Beirut.

  • Benicio Del Toro  Actor

    Benicio del Toro was born in 1967 in Puerto Rico. At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled at the Mercersburg Academy. He spent his adolescence and attended high school there. After graduation, del Toro followed the advice of his father and pursued a degree in business at the University of California, San Diego. Success in an elective drama course encouraged him to drop out of college and study with noted acting teachers Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza, in Los Angeles, as well as at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.

     

    He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodriguez in “Traffic” (2000). He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in “The Usual Suspects” (1995), Dr. Gonzo in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998), Franky Four Fingers in “Snatch” (2000), Jack Jordan in “21 Grams” (2003), Jackie Boy in “Sin City” (2005), and Che Guevara in “Che” (2008), a performance which garnered him the Best Actor Award at both the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Goya Awards in Spain. He is the third Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benicio_del_Toro

  • Chris Dercon Curator, Director, Tate Modern | London

    Chris Dercon is a curator who was born in Lier, Belgium, in 1958. After studying the history of art,  theater theory, and film theory in the Netherlands, he worked from 1981 to 1983 for the gallery Baronian-Lambert in Ghent. Disappointed with the cynicism of the commercial art world, Dercon turned to work as a freelance documentary maker for Belgian Radio and Television. At the same time, Dercon began working as a freelance curator presenting alternative exhibition models and curating time-based arts, such as presentations of work by Jack Goldstein and Dara Birnbaum and Dan Graham in Belgium, the “DOCH DOCH” show in Leuven (1985), and Theatergarden Bestiarium (New York, 1987–1989). In 1988 Dercon became program director of P.S.1 Museum in New York; In 1990, he became founding director of Witte de With in Rotterdam. In 1995 he presented Marlene Dumas in the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; he was responsible in 1996 for the 1980–1996 section of “Face à l’histoire” at the Centre Pompidou. That same year Dercon became Director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2003 Dercon moved to Munich to direct the Haus der Kunst. His interest in Asian arts, film, and design took him to realize interdisciplinary projects for the Haus der Kunst with Yayoi Kusama, Garin Nugroho, Amar Kanwar, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and, forthcoming, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto.

     

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Dercon

    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Dercon

  • David Elliott Curator | Berlin

    David Elliott is a British-born (1949) art gallery and museum curator and a writer about modern and contemporary art.

     

    After studying Modern History at the University of Durham and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Elliott worked as an exhibitions officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain. He went on to serve as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, from 1976 to 1996. Elliott's program at Oxford included exhibitions of art from Latin America, Asia, South Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union. He was then Director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 2004, he was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art).

     

    Between 2001 and 2006 Elliott was the first director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. During 2007 he was the first Director of Istanbul Modern. From 2008 to 2010, he was Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney. He is currently Artistic Director of the 1st Kiev International Biennial of Contemporary Art. He is also a senior advisor of the Contemporary Visual Art Centre in Hong Kong, which is scheduled for completion in 2014.

  • William Forsythe Dancer, Choreographer | Frankfurt

    William Forsythe was born in New York City on December 30, 1949. He is an American dancer and choreographer. His early dance works are acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st-century art form, while his more recent works have extended his research on the performative potentials of dance and his investigation of choreography as a fundamental principle of organization.

     

    Forsythe received his first formal dance training at Jacksonville University, Florida, where he studied classical ballet and modern dance. He joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1971 and was invited  to join the Stuttgart Ballet three years later.

     

    He produced his first choreography for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1976 as part of a young choreographers showcase. He held this position there until 1981, when he left the company to pursue a career as a freelance choreographer. In 1983, he choreographed “Gänge,” a controversial work subtitled "A piece about ballet," for the Frankfurt State Theater. Despite the scandal surrounding this work, the Frankfurt Theater offered him the position of Ballet Director in 1984.

     

    Forsythe directed the Frankfurt Ballet from 1984 until its closure in 2004, at which point he established The Forsythe Company with the support of the states of Saxony and Hesse, the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, and private sponsors in a public-private co-operative venture. The Forsythe Company is based at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main and the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden and maintains an extensive international touring schedule.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Forsythe_(dancer)

  • Gridthiya Gaweewong Curator, Director

    Jim Thompson Art Center | Bangkok

    Gridthiya Gaweewong is an independent curator and a co-founder of Project 304, Bangkok. She attempts to create platforms of exchange for local and international contemporary practices that address issues of subculture, globalization, migration, and alienation. She has organized numerous local and international exhibitions that have significantly shaped the field of contemporary Southeast Asian art, including Saigon Open City (co-curated with Rirkrit Tiravanija) and the 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center and regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues, art journals, and local art magazines.

     

    Gridthiya Gaweewong was born in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She lives and works in Bangkok.

  • Ann Goldstein Curator, Director Stedelijk  Museum | Amsterdam

    Ann Goldstein was born in Los Angeles in 1957 and received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has organized numerous exhibitions and programs since joining MOCA in 1983. Recognized for her expertise in the fields of Minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s and 70s, as well as current practices, her past projects include the large-scale, historical survey exhibitions “A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958–1968 “(2004), which examined the emergence and foundations of Minimal art in the United States, and “1965–1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art” (1995, co-curated with Anne Rorimer), the first historical survey of American and European conceptual art organized in the United States.

    Recently, Ms. Goldstein organized “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective” (2008) and, with co-curator Donna De Salvo, “Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE,” which was co-organized by MOCA and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007). She has also organized solo exhibitions of work by Barbara Kruger (1999), Christopher Wool (1998), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1994), and Roni Horn (1990), among others.

     

    Goldstein has served as the Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since January 2010. Soon after assuming the directorship, Ms. Goldstein conceived a special interim program called “Temporary Stedelijk” as a way to regain a public presence for the Museum, which by then had been closed for construction for five years. The program of special exhibitions, collection installations, educational initiatives, and public programs began in August, 2010, with the exhibition “Taking Place,” which reintroduced the Stedelijk Museum’s 1895 building through newly commissioned site-specific works, reconstructions of historic pieces, video projections, audio work, architectural interventions, performances, and graphic design. Since October, 2011, when the final phase of the Museum’s expansion and renovation program began, the Temporary Stedelijk program has continued outside the 1895 building through “Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @,” developed in collaboration with various cultural institutions and venues throughout Amsterdam, featuring performances, film screenings, lectures, public interviews, discussions, symposia, film screenings, music, and book presentations, as well as educational initiatives in local schools.

  • Noritoshi Hirakawa Artist | New York

    Born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1960. In his childhood, there were two goats dwelling in his home. He started his career as an artist in 1988 and residing in New York City since 1993. Hirakawa is an internationally known contemporary artist with a degree in Applied Sociology. He has created numerous works of photography, film, dance, installation, and performance. Hirakawa’s work has been exhibited over 300 times at museums, art centers, and galleries all over the world, including Venice Biennale Aperto, Istanbul Biennale, Site Santa Fe Biennale, Museum fur Modern Kunst in Frankfurt, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and P.S.1 Museum in New York. He has worked on several collaborations with artists in other fields, such as poets, musicians, choreographers, and architects, as well as presented at Das TAT in Frankfurt, Danse Montpellier, Fondation Cartier in Paris and University of Toronto.

     

    Hirakawa believes human activity forms the culture in which we live. His creation proposes to extend the capacity of human perception for furthering this culture. Within this framework, Hirakawa is pushing the boundaries of perception, altering aesthetic views for the future.

     

    Also he has been lecturing at numerous universities and institutions around the world including ;

     

    Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, UCI, University of California, Irvine, CA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Hunter  College of The City University of New York, NY, The New School, New York, Cooper Union, New York, Pratt Institute, New York, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Maastricht Academy for the Arts and Architecture, Maastricht, The Willem de Kooning Academy of Hogeschool Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany, HISK, Ghent, Belgium, Beaux-arts de Paris l’école nationale supérieure, Paris, France, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Chiba University, Chiba, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Nagano, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan etc.

  • Edgar Honetschläger Filmmaker, Artist | Vienna

    Edgar Honetschläger  http://www.honetschlaeger.com/  is an artist / filmmaker / screenwriter born in Austria. He spent a major share of his life in Tokyo, New York, Rome, Los Angeles and Brazil. 1994 he realizes the internationally acclaimed performance-project SCHUHWERK in Tokyo und Yokohama, staged at Sagatcho exhibit space, followed by 97–(13+1) in Tokyo and NYC leading him to a participation in documenta X in Kassel/Germany 1997. 1998 presentation of his first feature film MILK at the Berlinale, Berlin. 2000 filmic essay L+R premieres at the international film festival Rotterdam. 2001 film trilogy COLORS (THE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE, MASACCIO, IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY) at Kunsthalle Vienna and the Triennale in Milano. 2002 solo show DIRECTION at the Kunsthallen Brandts/Odense, Denmark. 2003 film essay IL MARE E LA TORTA at the Viennale and the int. film festival Buenos Aires. 2005 presentation of the CHICKENSSUIT at the World Expo in Aichi/Japan. In the same year he comes out with the Opera THE AUDIENCE commissioned by the composer Peter Ablinger in collaboration with the writer Yoko Tawada. 2006 Honetschläger establishes the EDOKO INSTITUTE FILM PRODUCTION in Vienna and co-founds RIBO LTD. in Tokyo. The short film ERNI appears at the Locarno Film Festival and at the Hammer Museum LA. 2008 short film BEIJING HOLIDAY at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. 2010 solo show EDOPOLIS at the Casino Luxembourg and the Kunsthalle Krems. 2011 premiere of the feature film AUN - THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF ALL THINGS at the int. film festival Rotterdam. 2012 initiates the internet video platform the SOUND-OF-SIRENS.net. Edgar Honetschläger’s drawings, paintings, installations, films and videos are to be found in the permanent collections of the Albertina Vienna, Bank Austria, Red Bull, Minato Mirai Yokohama and the MUDAM Luxemburg - among others.

  • Joan Jonas Artist | New York

    Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York City. Between 1954 and 1958 she studied sculpture and art history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, sculpture and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and sculpture, modern poetry and Greek Art at Columbia University. Immersed in New York's downtown art scene of the 1960s, Jonas studied with the choreographer Trisha Brown for two years is a pioneer of video and performance art and one of the most important female artists to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She lives and works in New York and Cape Breton (Nova Scotia). Jonas began her career as a sculptor. By 1968 she moved into what was then leading-edge territory: mixing performance with props and mediated images, situated outside in natural and/or industrial environments. In her early works, such as Wind (1968), Jonas filmed performers stiffly passing through the field of view against a wind that lent the choreography a psychological mystique. Songdelay (1973), filmed with both telephoto and wide-angle lenses (which produce opposing extremes in depth of field) drew on Jonas' travels in Japan, where she saw groups of Noh performers clapping wood blocks and making angular movements. Jonas’ video performances between 1972 and 1976 pared the cast down to one actor, the artist herself performing in her New York loft as Organic Honey, her seminal alter-ego invented as an “electronic erotic seductress,” whose doll-like visage seen reflected bits on camera explored the fragmented female image and women’s shifting roles. drawings, costumes, masks, and interactions with the recorded image were effects that optically related to a doubling of perception and meaning. In her videotape Disturbances (1973), a woman swims silently beneath another woman's reflection. In a video interview for MoMA, Jonas described her work as androgynous; earlier works were more involved in the search for a feminine vernacular in art, she explains, and, unlike sculpture and painting, video was more open, less dominated by men. For Jonas, in Organic Honey and earlier performances, the mirror became a symbol of (self-)portraiture, representation, the body, and real vs. imaginary, while also sometimes adding an element of danger and a connection to the audience that was integral to the work. Jonas' projects and experiments provided the foundation on which much video performance art would be based. Her influences also extended to conceptual art, theatre performance and other visual media.

  • Udo Kittelmann Curator, Director | Berlin

    Udo Kittelmann, born March 15, 1958, in Düsseldorf, is a German curator and museum director.

     

    After graduating from university, he became an apprentice optician and practiced this profession until 1988. Then he began to organize exhibitions. Following the leadership of the Ludwigsburg Kunstverein he took on the executive posts of Kölnischer Kunstverein (Art Association of Cologne) from the summer of 1994 until 2001. At the Venice Biennale in 2001, he was a commissioner of the German Pavilion, for which Gregor Schneider's "Totes Haus u r" won the Golden Lion Award for best national pavilion. From 2002 to 2008 Kittelmann was director of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. Since November of 2008 he has been director of the National Gallery in Berlin, and is thus responsible for the first six museums under this roof.

    He is the curator of many exhibitions at home and abroad and the editor and author of numerous specialized books and other publications on contemporary and modern art. Moreover Kittelmann worked on the Advisory Board of Fine Arts of the Goethe Institute.

     

    Kittelmann is curating the Russian Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale; he is the first non-Russian commissioner of the Pavilion. He will exhibit the work of Vadim Zakharov.

     

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udo_Kittelmann

  • Arto Lindsay Musician | Brazil

    Arthur Morgan Lindsay is an American guitarist, singer, record producer, and experimental composer. Born in the United States on May 28, 1953, he spent many years in Brazil with his missionary parents and came of age during the influential Tropicália movement of Brazilian culture.

     

    In the late 1970s, Lindsay co-formed the seminal no wave group DNA with Ikue Mori and Robin Crutchfield. In 1978, DNA was featured on the four-band sampler No New York (produced by Brian Eno), which brought an early taste of international notoriety to the group, and which quickly became the essential document of No Wave. In the early 1980s, he featured prominently in the early recordings of John Lurie's "fake jazz" outfit The Lounge Lizards and The Golden Palominos. It was during this time that Lindsay established a collaborative friendship with John Zorn, playing in a number of his ensembles including Locus Solus. After leaving the Lounge Lizards, Lindsay formed the Ambitious Lovers with keyboardist Peter Scherer. This music was decidedly more pop influenced and featured more prominent attention to Brazilian music like samba and bossa nova.

     

    Over the years, Lindsay has lent his musical talents to – and collaborated with – such artists as: Noritoshi Hirakawa, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Alain Bashung, Marc Ribot, and Bill Frisell, to name but a few.

     

    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arto_Lindsay

    http://www.artolindsay.com/

  • Yoshitomo Nara Artist | Japan

    Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artist. He was born in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan, in 1959. He lives and works in Tokyo and Tochigi. His artwork has been exhibited worldwide. Nara received his BFA in 1985 and his MFA in 1987 from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Between 1988 and 1993, he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, in Germany. After graduating, he moved to Cologne and started work on his iconic paintings, which are known for depicting wide-eyed children and animals who look simultaneously cute and devilish. Since 2000, solo exhibitions of his works have been held in major museums around the world. In 2001, his first major solo exhibition, “I DON’T MIND, IF YOU FORGET ME,” was organized by the Yokohama Museum of Art, and touring four other places in Japan. In 2003, his show “Nothing Ever Happens” toured five cities and was exhibited at venues such as the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2006, an exhibition featuring large-scale installations and titled “A to Z” was held in Yoshii Brick Brewhouse in Hirosaki, Aomori. From 2010 to 2011, Nara was praised by audiences for the show “Nobody’s Fool” at the Asia Society, New York. In 2010 he received the New York International Center Award for Excellence in the Arts for his contributions to American culture.

     

    Nara’s work is included in the collections of many museums, including the Aomori Museum of Art (Aomori), the Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

     

  • Yoko Nose Curator, Toyota City Museum | Japan

    Yoko Nose is a Curator at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. She curated the exhibitions “Kodai Nakahara” (2001), “Travel to Double River Island, Yutaka Sone” (2002), “Gardens” (2006), “Blooming” (2008), "Twist & Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan" (2009, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, organized by the Japan Foundation), and “Jyunya Ishigami: New Scale of Architecture” (2010). She also contributes exhibition reviews on “Bijyutsu-Techo (Art Magazine)” run by Bijyutsu-Shuppansha Ltd. and the art Web magazine “artscape” run by DNP Art Communications, Japan.

  • Tsuyoshi Ozawa Artist | Japan

    Tsuyoshi Ozawa is a contemporary artist and a painter who was born in Tokyo in 1965. In 1989, he graduated from Oil Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1991 he completed postgraduate studies in Mural Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1996 and 1997 he worked in New York on a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. In 2002 and 2003 he worked in New York on a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.

     

    As a student at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ozawa began his work, called Jizo-ing, in which he photographs Jizo statues that he made himself and then situates them in various environments. In 1993 he began creating portable, miniature galleries from milk boxes, naming them Nasubi Gallery or Consultation Art. In 1999 he created the Museum of Soy Sauce Art, an ironic gesture toward Japanese art history. In 2001 he began Vegetable Weapon, a series of photographic portraits of young women holding weapons made from vegetables. 2004 saw his first solo museum exhibition, “Answer with Yes and No!” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. 2009 saw his solo exhibition “The Invisible Runner Strides On" at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

     

    Public Collections: Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, The Japan Foundation Watarium; The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (Aichi), Collection Lambert (Avignon), The Museum of Modern Art (Shiga), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Ohara Museum of Art (Okayama), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), The UBS Art Collection, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa).

     

    http://www.ozawatsuyoshi.net/biography/

  • David Reed Artist | New York

    David Reed was born in San Diego, California, in 1946. He is known as a colorist and for creating long, narrow, abstract paintings on canvas that are hung either horizontally or vertically and that feature several images, resembling enlarged photographs of swirling brush strokes, juxtaposed in a single painting. Reed's paintings are engaged in a crossover between film, the electronic media, and everyday culture. Besides being a fine arts painter, he is also an installation sculptor, a video artist, a lecturer on contemporary art and art history, and an exhibition curator.

     

    In discussing paintings by John McLaughlin, the artist and dealer Nicholas Wilder once remarked to David Reed that owners of his paintings often move them into their bedrooms, in order to live with them more intimately. Reed saw in this practice his own aspiration to be a "bedroom painter." For his project "Two Bedrooms in San Francisco," Reed inserted images of his paintings into scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's film “Vertigo,” which depict life-size replicas of the two beds as they appear in the film and the very paintings that had been inserted in the film.

     

    David Reed’s works of art are included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

  • David A. Ross Writer, Curator | New York Formerly,Director SF MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art

    David Ross is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Practice at SVA, School of Visual Art, New York.

     

    He is a writer and a curator. He was the Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He was the Associate Director and Chief Curator at the University Art Museum, Berkeley; The Deputy Director and Curator of Video Art at the Long Beach Museum of Art; and Curator of Video Art at the Everson Museum of Art. He received a BS from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications.

     

    He has curated many exhibition, including (as co-curator) "Tomorrow," Kumho Museum, Artsonje Center, Seoul and Long March Space, Beijing; "Peter Campus: A Survey," Antico Collegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; "Lorna Simpson: 31," Claustro Sor Juana, Mexico City; "Quotidiana," Museum of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Italy; "KoreAmericaKorea," Sonje Museum, Seoul; "Bill Viola: a 25 Year Survey," Whitney Museum of American Art, traveling exhibition: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago.

     

    http://artpractice.sva.edu/faculty.html

  • Carolee Schneemann Artist | New York

    Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist and a leading figure in art performance on the themes of body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.

     

    Her painting, photography, performance art, and installation works have been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and most recently in a retrospective, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, entitled “Up To And Including Her Limits.” She has had film and video retrospectives at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Film Theatre, London; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Cinematheque; and Anthology Film Archives, New York.

     

    She has taught at many institutions including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of a 1999 Art Pace International Artist Residency, San Antonio, Texas; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (1997, 1998); a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship; a Gottlieb Foundation Grant; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Art Association in 2000.

     

    Schneemann has published widely.

     

    http://www.caroleeschneemann.com/bio.html

     

  • Luc Tuymans Artist I Antwerp

    Luc Tuymans  (born in 1958, Antwerp, Belgium)

    Contemporary artist / Curator Began his studies in the fine arts. Later, abandoned painting, studied art history, and worked on experimenting with video and film. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium and was honored by the Belgian government when they bestowed upon him the title of Commander, Tuymans' subjects range from major historical events, such as the Holocaust or the politics of the Belgian Congo, to the inconsequential and banal - wallpaper patterns, Christmas decorations, everyday objects. His paintings include philosophical content, embracing a number of formal and conceptual oppositions. He continuously analyses and distils his images, making many drawings and photocopies before making oil paintings. He also curates exhibitions, such as the second in a series of cross-cultural exhibitions that brings together Belgian and Chinese art ; The State of Things: Brussels/Beijing.

     

    Major Exhibitions

    Docmenta 1992 ; Venice Biennale in 2001 ; Haus der Kunst in Munich ; the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland; the Tate Modern, London, England (2004); Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland (both 2006); the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium(2011).

     Collections

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco ; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles ; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp ; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Tate Gallery, London.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Tuymans

    http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/luc-tuymans/biography/

    http://www.operacity.jp/ag/exh13.php

  • Jean-Luc Vilmouth Artist | Paris

    Jean-Luc Vilmouth (born in France, 1952; based in Paris) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. Since 1978, he has been exhibiting his works in galleries, alternative spaces, and in major art exhibitions throughout the world such as the Venice Biennale and documenta VII in Kassel, Germany(both in 1982).

     

    He makes sculptures, performance art, installations, photographs, and films; Via the tendency to minimalism, he changed the site to work from the typical art spaces like galleries to places where people use in daily life. His works are known for their conceptual and imaginative attractions. His recent solo shows include “Animal Public” at Kunstverein (1994, Bonn), “Bar Seduire” at Spiral Hall (1997, Tokyo), “Tempo” at MoMA (2002, NY), “Café Reflet” at Matsudai for Exhigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2003, Niigata), and “Jungle Science” at Aline Vidal (2009, Paris).

     

    He has been a professor at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, since 1996.

     

    http://www.jlvilmouth.com/

     

    http://kaitekinokatachi.com/?page_id=259

  • Henk Visch Artist | Eindhoven

    Henk Visch was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on September 18, 1950. He is a Dutch sculptor, graphic artist, and illustrator.

     

    From 1968 to 1972 Visch trained in Graphics at the Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost (the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost) in's-Hertogenbosch. From 1974 to 1982 he lived in Boxtel, where he initially made drawings and etchings. From 1982 to 1983, he had a studio residence in P.S.1, New York. From 1983 Visch became known for his figurative sculptures, which he exhibited in the Amsterdam gallery the Living Room. He spent a period in 1984 at the Ateliers Internationales de Fontevraud-l'Abbaye. From 1984 to 1987 Visch was a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten), Amsterdam; from 1987 to 1991 at the Maastricht Jan van Eyck Academie. In 1988 he represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. In 1992 he was invited to participate in documenta IX in Kassel, Germany. From 1995 to 2001 he was professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Künste Bildende in Stuttgart. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Hochschule für Künste Bildende in Münster. Public collections: “Olympic Sculpture” (2008), Beijing, China; “Present Continuous” (2011), Munich; and others.

     

     

    http://www.henkvisch.nl/cv.html

    http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henk_Visch

  • Adelina von Furstenberg Curator | Geneva

    Adelina von Furstenberg granddaughter of the Armenian architect Dikran Kalfa Cüberyan, Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg-Herdringen is a renowned international curator and a pioneer in broadening the field of contemporary art. A Swiss citizen, she was born in Istanbul.

     

    Mrs. von Fürstenberg is one of the first European curators to have shown an interest in non-European artists. She takes a global and flexible approach to contemporary art exhibitions, bringing art to spaces such as monasteries, madrasahs, large public buildings, squares, islands, and parks.

     

    While studying Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, she founded the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, which she directed until 1989, presenting several solo shows of the pioneers of pop art, Fluxus, conceptual art, and minimal art, such as Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner. In 1989 she organized large exhibitions in the ILO (International Labour Organization) in Geneva , where she presented “The Line of Fire,” a model at 1:1 scale by the American architect Daniel Libeskind that would later become the Jewish Museum Berlin. From 1989 to 1994, she directed Le Magasin, Centre d’Art Contemporain of Grenoble, France, where she curated large solo exhibitions of major artists such as Gino De Dominicis and Alighiero Boetti. For five years she has directed the Ecole du Magasin (School of Curators). In 1993, for the 45th Venice Biennale, she co-curated the Italian Pavilion and the Russian Pavilion (Ilya Kabakov).

     

    In 1995, on the occasion of the United Nations’ 50th Anniversary, she was invited to conceive and curate the exhibition “Dialogues of Peace,” an international exhibition presented at the UN Headquarters, in Geneva. Chen Zhen, Tadashi Kawamata, and Alfredo Jaar are some of the 60 artists from various continents who contributed to the exhibition. In 1996 she founded Art for The World, a Non-Governmental Organization associate to the UN Department of Public Information for the diffusion and promotion of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the organization of exhibitions and events around the world.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Director | Bangkok

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in Bangkok, Thailand. His parents were both physicians, and worked in a hospital in Khon Kaen, Thailand. He attended Khon Kaen University and received a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1994.

    Apichatpong is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Syndromes and a Century, which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered in competition there.

    Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed several features and dozens of short films. Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality), and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films display a preference for unconventional narrative structures (like placing titles/credits at the middle of a film) and for working with non-actors. Cinephiles affectionately refer to him as "Joe" (a nickname that he, like many with similarly long Thai names, has adopted out of convenience).

     

  • Lawrence Weiner Artist | New York

    Lawrence Weiner (born in 1942, Bronx, New York) is one of the central figures in the formation of conceptual art in the 1960s. Like other conceptual artists who gained international recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Weiner investigated forms of display and distribution that challenge traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object. Throughout his practice he has pursued inquiries into language and a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship.

     

    Weiner considers language to be a sculptural material and believes that a construction in language can function as sculpture as adequately as can a fabricated object. As a proposition or statement, each work need not be confined to an existence in one realized form, place, or time, but might be constructed in different contexts.

     

    Major solo exhibitions of the artist's work have been mounted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1990), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1991), Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1991), Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1991 and 1992), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1994), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1995), Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2000), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2004), and Tate Gallery in London (2006). He has participated in documenta V (1972), VI (1977), VII (1982), and XIII (2012), as well as in the 2005 Venice Biennale and the 2006 Biennale de São Paulo. In 2007, the Whitney Museum of American Art organized the first major retrospective of the artist's work in the United States. Weiner lives and works in New York.

  • Christopher Williams Artist | Dusseldorf

    Christopher Williams was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California. He is a conceptual artist who works with the medium of photography.

     

    He attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied under the first generation of West Coast conceptual artists, such as John Baldessari and Douglas Huebler, and received his BFA (1978) and MFA (1981). He has recently participated in notable group shows such as the Gwangju Biennale (2010) and the Whitney Biennial (2006), and his works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2011); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2010); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2006); and Secession, Vienna (2005).

     

    Williams currently teaches at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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  • Tobias Berger | Hong Kong

    Tobias Berger was born in 1969 in Wiesbaden, was chief curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. Since 2011 he has been curator of M+ in Hong Kong.

     

    After graduating in art history and economic science from the Ruhr-University Bochum (1991-1998), Berger completed the DeAppel Curatorial Training Programme in Amsterdam in 1998/1999. He then worked as a curator at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel until the end of 2001, where he was responsible for a number of exhibitions including “Change is Good” (1999/2000), “Flexibilitätsversuche” (2000) and “German Leitkultur” (2001).

     

    In 2002, Berger was artistic director of the 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, which presented more than 50 East European and international artists in an exhibition entitled “Center of Attraction.” Between 2003 and March 2005, he was director of ARTSPACE/NZ in Auckland, New Zealand. From April 2005 to December 2008, he was the managing director and curator of the Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong. In 2004, he was responsible for developing the concept for the New Zealand contribution to the Sao Paulo Biennial and in the same year in New Zealand, he curated sections of the Auckland Triennial and “Work It!” for the Art & Industry Biennial in Christchurch. Other international Biennial projects which included exhibitions organized by Berger include Guangzhou, China (2005) and Busan, South Korea (2006).

  • Junro Fuse | Kawasaki

    Junro Fuse is the director at Kosugi Central Clinic of Internal Medicine in Musashi-Kosugi, Kawasaki City, Japan, Medical Specialist of The Japan Diabetes Society and Certified Physician of The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

     

    In 1989, Junro Fuse graduated from The Medical Department, Marianna University School of Medicine and entered the 3rd medical station of the internal department. In 1999 he became the head of the internal department at Toyoko Hospital, Marianna University School of Medicine, and he started Kosugi Central Clinic as a director in 2003.

     

    Since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, he’s been concerned with health effects by radiation and doing health examination and counseling. Dr. Junro Fuse has been especially concerned with doing ultrasound scans of affected children’s thyroid glands.

     

    In May 4th, 2012, Dr. Fuse questioned the Japanese government’s disregard of internal exposure to radiation at a press conference in NY with Hiroaki Koide and Dr. Ken Nakayama of Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. He holds lectures regarding radiation and its effects in Japan and the world.

  • Brij Khindaria | Geneva

    Brij Khindaria is a poet and essayist who works in the areas of human development, human rights, respect for nature, environmental health, and disarmament. He continues to be a writer for major media in the US, Britain and India, specializing in the United Nations and economic

    policy.

     

    His poetry is mystical and devotional. He also teaches techniques of meditation and natural healing based on Ayurveda, under the label “Seed of Creative Action.” Through his professional work and personal activity, he promotes the primacy of heart, soul and mental determination in all human endeavors. Heart is the seat of compassion; soul is the source of truth; and determination is the strength to overcome challenges.

     

    His writings center on problems of conflict at all levels – whether individual, community, tribal, national or global. He suggests that conflicts can be reduced only if the thought processes to solve them start from compassion, serve truth and are implemented with firm resolve.

     

    When individuals understand this, their social relationship change for the better. The absence of conflict spreads from each person’s heart to the groups of people who brainstorm in various forums and institutions for the good of the community and humankind. The quality of group

    decisions improves and solutions to conflict situations are found more easily.

     

    Politics, economics and society seem complex and emotionally dry. Yet, it is easy to forget that they are driven by people working together in groups, including in parliaments and the UN. Everything starts from the heart -- whether by angry people seeking a more equitable society, frightened people seeking power over challengers, or compassionate people trying to persuade others to agree on better paths.

     

    Wars are started and nurtured by enraged or terrified people who do not see an alternative. Exploitation of people by businesses is fuelled by greed and the desire for more. The abuse of earth is caused by thoughtless drives to devour natural resources for generating monetary

    wealth.

     

    All of these motivations, whether abusive or useful, start from the emotions and insecurities reigning over people’s hearts. These are the terrains that fascinate Brij and permeate his writing and activities.

  • Delia & Milenko Prvacki | Singapore

    Delia Iliesiu was born in 1950 in Baia Mare, Romania. From 1970 to 1975 she studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest where she earned a Masters Degree in Applied Arts/Ceramics. She is known for her sculptural works in ceramics as well as in bronze and GRC. She is the founder and owner of Deliarts Pte Ltd, an art-consulting and art-producing company. Milenko Prvacki was born in 1951 in Ferdin, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Milenko received his MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest. Since 1994 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore. Delia and Milenko Prvacki and their daughter immigrated to Singapore in 1992, becoming citizens of Singapore in 2002.

     

  • David A. Ross | New York

    David Ross is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Practice at SVA, School of Visual Art, New York.

     

    He is a writer and a curator. He was the Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He was the Associate Director and Chief Curator at the University Art Museum, Berkeley; The Deputy Director and Curator of Video Art at the Long Beach Museum of Art; and Curator of Video Art at the Everson Museum of Art. He received a BS from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications.

     

    He has curated many exhibition, including (as co-curator) "Tomorrow," Kumho Museum, Artsonje Center, Seoul and Long March Space, Beijing; "Peter Campus: A Survey," Antico Collegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; "Lorna Simpson: 31," Claustro Sor Juana, Mexico City; "Quotidiana," Museum of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Italy; "KoreAmericaKorea," Sonje Museum, Seoul; "Bill Viola: a 25 Year Survey," Whitney Museum of American Art, traveling exhibition: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago.

     

    http://artpractice.sva.edu/faculty.html

  • Tetra Tanizaki | Tokyo

     

    Writer / Media Activist / Sound Artist / Director

    Representative Director of NGO WorldShift Network Japan Part time lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music

     

    Since the 1990s, has planned and created many programs for TV, radio, publishing, and web related to the concepts of “Paradigm Shift” and “WorldShift”. As a key player in the “ecovillage” movement, also organizes various ecology initiatives, such as a multi-stakeholder dialogue in connection with earth summit RIO+20 and Earth Day. Through alternative media, supports grassroots movements through empowerment and crowd sourcing.

     

    Writes and edits widely on a variety of topics, conveying Japan’s perspectives on nature, religions, communities, and “NEW BREED”, a way of living that combines traditional knowledge and innovation. Having visited sacred places throughout the world, creates experimental music such as “Drone”, “ambient”, and “chill out” using sounds recorded on his journey. Under the moniker, P.R.E.M., released four works titled “Far East Drone”(2013), “Singing Rin Medeitation”(2013), “YUISHIKI”(2010), and ”World Peace & Prayer”(2007), and expresses the ancient world view of Buddhism through electronics. Collaborates with various artists, such as a collaboration work with the late Timothy Leary “TIMOTHY LEARY + THE PBC 「Bardo Thodo」”, and a remix work of John C Lilly “John C Lilly ‎ E.C.C.O. Remix By PBC”. from Silent records in San Francisco. Creates many sounds under assumed names or anonymously. Works as units such as S.T.K、VOID OV VOID、MU-TANZ and kanata-kagura. As a DJ, performs in remote regions, focusing mainly on non-commercial works, spinning both deep and peaceful ambient music. Organizer of kanata music.

     

    Website   http://www.kanatamusic.com/tetra/

    Kanata Onzo    http://www.kanatamusic.com/

    World shift network Japanhttp://www.worldshift.jp

     

  • Adelina von Furstenberg | Geneva

    Adelina von Furstenberg granddaughter of the Armenian architect Dikran Kalfa Cüberyan, Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg-Herdringen is a renowned international curator and a pioneer in broadening the field of contemporary art. A Swiss citizen, she was born in Istanbul.

     

    Mrs. von Fürstenberg is one of the first European curators to have shown an interest in non-European artists. She takes a global and flexible approach to contemporary art exhibitions, bringing art to spaces such as monasteries, madrasahs, large public buildings, squares, islands, and parks.

     

    While studying Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, she founded the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, which she directed until 1989, presenting several solo shows of the pioneers of pop art, Fluxus, conceptual art, and minimal art, such as Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner. In 1989 she organized large exhibitions in the ILO (International Labour Organization) in Geneva , where she presented “The Line of Fire,” a model at 1:1 scale by the American architect Daniel Libeskind that would later become the Jewish Museum Berlin. From 1989 to 1994, she directed Le Magasin, Centre d’Art Contemporain of Grenoble, France, where she curated large solo exhibitions of major artists such as Gino De Dominicis and Alighiero Boetti. For five years she has directed the Ecole du Magasin (School of Curators). In 1993, for the 45th Venice Biennale, she co-curated the Italian Pavilion and the Russian Pavilion (Ilya Kabakov).

     

    In 1995, on the occasion of the United Nations’ 50th Anniversary, she was invited to conceive and curate the exhibition “Dialogues of Peace,” an international exhibition presented at the UN Headquarters, in Geneva. Chen Zhen, Tadashi Kawamata, and Alfredo Jaar are some of the 60 artists from various continents who contributed to the exhibition. In 1996 she founded Art for The World, a Non-Governmental Organization associate to the UN Department of Public Information for the diffusion and promotion of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the organization of exhibitions and events around the world.

  • Lawrence Weiner | New York

    Lawrence Weiner (born in 1942, Bronx, New York) is one of the central figures in the formation of conceptual art in the 1960s. Like other conceptual artists who gained international recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Weiner investigated forms of display and distribution that challenge traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object. Throughout his practice he has pursued inquiries into language and a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship.

     

    Weiner considers language to be a sculptural material and believes that a construction in language can function as sculpture as adequately as can a fabricated object. As a proposition or statement, each work need not be confined to an existence in one realized form, place, or time, but might be constructed in different contexts.

     

    Major solo exhibitions of the artist's work have been mounted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1990), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1991), Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1991), Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1991 and 1992), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1994), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1995), Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2000), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2004), and Tate Gallery in London (2006). He has participated in documenta V (1972), VI (1977), VII (1982), and XIII (2012), as well as in the 2005 Venice Biennale and the 2006 Biennale de São Paulo. In 2007, the Whitney Museum of American Art organized the first major retrospective of the artist's work in the United States. Weiner lives and works in New York.

  • Christian Schoen | Munich

    Christian Schoen was born 1970 in Marburg. He is a German art historian and curator. He works on classical art (such as Albrecht Dürer or Auguste Rodin) and contemporary art phenomena. From 2000 to 2003 he co-curated the municipal gallery Lothringer13 in Munich. In 2005 he was appointed director of the Center for Icelandic Art, which he ran until 2010. As Commissioner he was responsible for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2007 and 2009. 2006 to 2008 he was member of the advisory board and the acquisition committee of the Reykjavík Art Museum. He co-founded the art festival Sequences in 2006. Since 2001 he is director of Osram Art Projects and assistant professor for transdisciplinary methods at the University St. Gallen (Switzerland).