Co-director of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers
Co-director of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers since 2013, Alexandra Baudelot works for several years as an exhibition curator, editor and author. In 2009 she created and managed the contemporary art platform Rosascape, an independent art centerbased in Paris. At Rosascape she curated exhibitions with Katinka Bock, Ulla von Brandenburg, Raymond Gervais, Benoît Maire, Vittorio Santoro, Berger&Berger, Adrian Dan,and produced artist books and editorial artistic projects. She is interested in production strategies, the artistic research process and reflections on the role of artwork and ways of sharing it with the public—through formats such as exhibits, performances, conferences, and publications—for all disciplines. In 2016 she curated a series of three exhibitions with Ulla von Brandenburg at The Power Plant (Toronto), The Darling Foundry (Montreal) and ACCA (Melbourne).
Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf
From 2010-2016 she was the curator of the KUB Arena, the KUB Projects and the KUB Billboards at Kunsthaus Bregenz, in 2014 at Ludlow 38 Curatorial Residencies in New York. From 2015-2018 she programmed four editions of the “Performance Project of LISTE Art Fair Basel”, where she collaborated with artists such as Alexandra Bachzetsis, Keren Cytter, Vaginal Davis, keyon gaskin, Trajal Harrell, NIC Kay, and Luci Lippard. In the past years she featured major solo debuts by artists such as Ei Arakawa, Sol Calero, Alicia Frankovich, Kasia Fudakowski, Dora García, KAYA, Johannes Paul Raether and Amy Sillman. She is co-editor of the volumes Tris Vonna-Michell (2011), On Performance (2012), Beginning Good. All Good (2012), Art and Ideology Critique After 1989 (2013), and KAYA (2016), co-curator of the video-platform D’EST, and, together with Manuela Ammer, Kerstin Stakemeier, Jenny Nachtigall and Stephanie Weber, initiator of the long-term magazine-project Klassensprachen. Currently she is preparing a comprehensive solo presentation of New York based artist Ulrike Müller in Düsseldorf as well as monographic publications on Ei Arakawa and Alicia Frankovich (both to be released in Spring 2019).
Director of Magazzino Italian Art and
Olnick Spanu Collection
Vittorio Calabrese is Director of Magazzino Italian Art and oversees all activities of the Olnick Spanu Art Program. A native of Irpinia, Italy, he specializes in the management of international and cultural institutions, art business practices, collection management, and appraising. Vittorio holds a BA and MSc in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University, Milan, and an MA in History of Art and the Art Market from Christie’s Education New York. He has curated several exhibitions including: Ornaghi & Prestinari, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York (2016); Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Remo Salvadori: From the Olnick Spanu Collection, Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C. (2017); Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Italian Cultural Institute, New York (2017); Bagnoli, Bianchi, Salvadori, The Garrison Art Center, New York (2018); Marango, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York (2018); and Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Alice Curtis Desmond & Hamilton Fish Library, New York (2018).
Curator and Writer
Saim Demircan is a curator and writer based in New York City. Between 2012 and 2015 he was curator at Kunstverein München, and in 2016, curator-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. Previously, he curated a two-year program of offsite projects as well as a survey of Kai Althoff’s work, the artist’s only exhibition in a public institution in the UK to date, at Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea. Most recently, he was the 2017 curatorial resident at Ludlow 38 in NY, the Goethe-Institut’s downtown space in the Lower East Side where he curated a 12-month program of exhibitions and events including debut US shows by New Noveta and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. He has lectured and published on numerous artistic practices and his writing regularly appears in periodicals such as friezeand Art Monthly.
Director of Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Nikola Dietrichis an art historian and curator, and director of Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. She wasHeadcurator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel from 2008-2013, where she curated survey exhibitions of Henrik Olesen, Hilary Llyod, Rodney Graham, Monica Bonvicini/Tom Burr, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., and Robert Gober, as well as the exhibition Tell Itto My Heart. Collected by Julie Ault, among others. She was curator at Portikus in Frankfurt from 2004-2007, where she realized a large number of exhibitions accompanied by publications, among them projects with Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska,and Bonnie Camplin.
Since 2014 she is also co-editor of Starship Magazine, published in Berlin.
JOÃO MOURÃO & LUIS SILVA
Co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon
João Mourão and LuísSilva are a curatorial duo based in Lisbon, Portugal, where they currently serve as co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, a contemporary art institution they founded in 2009. A selection of recent shows they curated includes solos by Irene Kopelman, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Emily Roysdon, and Nathalie Du Pasquier, as well as group shows in institutions such as Extra City, Antwerp, andDavid Roberts Art Foundation, London. Besides their curatorial practice, João Mourão and Luís Silva are also contributing editors of CURA.magazine and co-editors of the ongoing book series Performing the Institution(al), addressing recent developments in institutional practice. They were the curators of ZONA MACO SUR (2015-2017), the solo-projects section of Mexico City’s contemporary art fair, and are curating Artissima’s Disegni, the fair’s section dedicated to recent developments in drawing.
Curator and Writer
Simone Menegoi (born 1970, based in Bologna and Milan) is the current artistic director of Arte Fiera, the Bologna art fair. He was contributing editor to Kaleidoscope(2009-2012) and Mousse(2006-2008), and he hasbeen a regular contributor of Artforum since 2011. Since 2005, he has curated exhibitions in private and public spaces in Italy and abroad, often focusing on the dialogue between sculpture and other media. Recent exhibitions on this subject include the cycle The Camera’s Blind Spot (MAN, Nuoro, 2013; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, 2015; Palazzo De’ Toschi, Bologna, 2016) and The Warm Statues. Sculpture – Body – Action, 1945-2013(Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2014). Other selected exhibitions include: Erin Shirreff (Palazzo De’Toschi, Bologna, 2018); Peter Buggenhout. The Blind Leading The Blind(Palazzo De’ Toschi, Bologna, 2017); Michael E. Smith (Triennale di Milano, Milan, 2014); Matt Mullican. The Meaning of Things(former church of San Francesco, Como, 2013); LE SILENCE. Une fiction (Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 2012).
Founding Director and Curator of La Loge Brussels
Anne-Claire Schmitz is the founding director and curator of La Loge, a Brussels-based non-profit space that started its activities in 2012.
Since its opening La Loge has developed projects such as ‘Pastoral Myths’, ‘Voici des Fleurs’, 'Open perspectives on Oskar Hansen’ and solo exhibitions with Sophie Nys, Roe Ethridge & Zin Taylor, Kate Newby, Peter Hutton, Emily Wardill, Shana Moulton, Michael Beutler, Gareth Moore, Jef Geys, Nathalie du Pasquier and Arvo Leo among others. Prior to this, she was a curator at Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, where she curated and co-curated a range of projects, among them, the large scale group exhibition ‘Melanchotopia’featuring 40 new commissions by international artists through 40 locations in the city of Rotterdam. In 2012 WIELS invited her to co-curate, with Elena Filipovic, the exhibition ‘Un-Scene II’, a triennial project intended to present a panorama of the Belgian artistic scene. Alongside her work at La Loge, she was a consultant for Europe Europe and curator of ‘Individual Stories – Collecting as portrait and methodology’ with Luca Lo Pinto and Nicolaus Schafhausen at Kunsthalle Wien. In 2017, she curated ‘Les Bons Sentiments’, the exhibition of the 19th Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize in Paris. In 2019 she curated ‘Mondo Cane’ the exhibition by Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys for the belgian pavillion of the 58th Venice Biennale.
Fabian Schöneich is a curator based in Frankfurtam Main, Germany. From 2014 to 2018 he was the curator of Portikus in Frankfurt, where he has realized solo and group exhibitions with Minouk Lim, Ade Darmawan, Jana Euler, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Amy Sillman, and Moyra Davey, amongothers. He worked as an assistant curator at the Kunsthalle Basel from 2012 to 2014 and curated the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Performance Project of LISTE Art Fair in Basel, which includedperformances by Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki, Adam Linder, Anne Imhof, Ligia Lewis,andAlexander Baczyński-Jenkins, among others. In 2011, Schöneich co-organized the Melanchotopia exhibition and program as an assistant curator at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Since 2012 he worked as advisory curator for the exhibition space SALTS in Basel/Birsfelden and from 2015 to 2017 as an advisor for the Focus, Frame, and Livesections of Frieze art fair in London and New York.
Cofounder of Kabul Magazine and independent Curator
Stefano Vittorini was born in 1987 in Avezzano (in the province of L’Aquila, Italy).
After graduating at the Fine Art Academy in Rome, in 2013 he participated to CAMPO 13, a course organized by the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin. In 2013 he co-curated Host, a cycle of seven exhibitions hosted inside Airbnb apartments, and dedicated to new generations of Italian artists, organized in different cities scattered acrossItaly. In 2016 he co-founded Kabul Magazine.