Research Forum Visiting Curator Lecture


Exhibitions as Arguments: Frameworks for Thinking about Contemporary Art

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

multi-part cage with sculptures - household artefacts e.g. tables chairs and similar
(Left) Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), Liaisons Dangereux, 1998, mixed media cell. (Right) Jannis Kounellis (b. 1936) Untitled, 1998, horse meat on iron frame. Installation shot from Wounds. Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, an exhibition held at Moderna Museet, Stockholm , 1998. Courtesy Moderna Museet, Stockholm.


Speaker(s): David Elliott (Artistic Director of 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Artists; Chairman of Triangle Arts Network/ Gasworks, London; Chairman of MOMENTUM, Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

This lecture analyses briefly four large thematic exhibitions curated by David Elliott between 1998 and the present. Taking place in different cities and continents and examining from different perspectives the condition of contemporary art, these exhibitions extended a range of arguments about the past as a platform for the contemporary as well as the need for a broad, receptive and discriminating approach towards the idea of aesthetic quality and how this relates to contemporary experience and art.

David Elliott is a curator and writer who has directed contemporary art museums and related institutions in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, Istanbul, Sydney and Kiev. He is currently Artistic Director of A Time for Dreams, the IV International Biennale of Young Art, to open in Moscow in June 2014, co-curator of PANDAMONIUM: New Media Art from Shanghai (on show in Berlin at present), and associate curator of the Hors Piste Film Festival in Tokyo. He is also working on two travelling exhibitions for the UK and USA and on a book Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art to be published in 2015.

He was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for museums of modern and contemporary art) from 1998 to 2004, and is currently President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of MOMENTUM in Berlin, a member of the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, he has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art. In 2008-10 he was Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney and in 2011-12 directed the inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kiev, Ukraine.  He has also advised the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charitable Trust on the development of the Central Police Station heritage site into a centre for contemporary art.



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