MA, History and History of Art (University of Cambridge); MA, History of Art, Courtauld, University of London

Contact details

The Courtauld Institute of Art

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London WC2R 0RN


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Martin Caiger-Smith has worked in a variety of positions in galleries, at the Photographers’ Gallery and most recently at the Hayward Gallery in London, as Head of Exhibitions, from 1996, and Acting Director, 2005/6.  While at the Hayward he curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, and oversaw the shaping and delivery of a broad programme of exhibitions at the Hayward, many of which showed abroad, and National Touring Exhibitions in the UK.  These include (at the Hayward) Magritte, 1992; Julian Opie, 1993; Roger Hilton, 1993; The Epic & the Everyday:  Contemporary Photographic Art, 1994; Yves Klein, 1995; Art and Power:  Europe under the Dictators, 1995; Francis Bacon:  The Human Body, 1998; Spectacular Bodies:  The Human Body in Art and Science from Leonardo to Now, 2000; Saved!  100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, 2003; Roy Lichtenstein, 2004, and Dan Flavin, 2006.  He has worked with curators including David Sylvester, Dawn Ades, Robert Storr, Sarah Whitfield, Guy Brett and James Lingwood, and was involved in the installation and design of most Hayward exhibitions from 1995 to 2006, often with architects, including Paul Williams of Stanton.Williams, Claudio Silvestrin, Mark Fisher, Zaha Hadid and Piers Gough.  His interests include modern and contemporary museums and galleries and curatorship, and the modern and recent history of exhibitions and display.  He is a consultant on art and exhibition projects, and writes on contemporary art, photography and exhibitions.

Head of  MA Programme: Curating the Art Museum

PhD theses supervised 

Museum-commissioned interventions by contemporary artists within historic art collections, 1985-present
(with Professor Christopher Green; ongoing)

Recent Publications

Ian McKeever
, Four Quartets: Paintings, 2001-2007, Walther Konig, Cologne, 2007

‘Scaling Architecture, in Alex Hartley: not part of your world, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, 2007

Antony Gormley, Tate Publishing, 2010