Institut Kunst
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Atelier Gebäude A 1.10
Oslo-Strasse 3
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

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Institut Kunst HGK FHNW
Freilager-Platz 1
CH-4002 Basel




Curating… Vorträge aus der Praxis des Ausstellungsmachens

“Who owns documenta?”

Lecture by Adam Szymczyk, artistic director of documenta 14

• October 31, 6.30 pm. Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart. The entry is free.


The talk will present the genealogy of documenta in Germany and its evolution in changing political geography after 1989. It will address diverse models of curatorial practice and changing function of the exhibition in society. The question “who owns documenta?” is meant to open a larger issue of the relevance of art production and exhibition making today. 

Adam Szymczyk (born 1970 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland) is Artistic Director of documenta 14. He was a co-founder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, at which he worked as Curator from 1997 till 2003, when he assumed his new post as Director at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. In Basel, he organized exhibitions including Piotr Uklanski: Earth, Wind and Fire (2004); Tomma Abts (2005); Gustav Metzger: In Memoriam and Lee Lozano: Win First Don’t Last Win Last Don’t Care (both 2006); Micol Assaël: Chizhevsky Lessons (2007); Danh Vo: Where the Lions Are (2009); Moyra Davey: Speaker Receiver (2010); Sung Hwan Kim: Line Wall (2011); Paul Sietsema and Adriana Lara: S.S.O.R. (both 2012), as well as group shows including Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession) (with Salvatore Lacagnina, 2010), How to Work/How to Work (More for) Less (both in 2011); Michel Auder: Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder (2013) and Naeem Mohaiemen: Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (2014).

In 2008 he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art under the title When Things Cast No Shadow and in 2012 he curated Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2011, he was recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.



Eine Kooperation des Instituts Kunst HGK FHNW und des Kunstmuseums Basel


Für die Vortragsreihe Curating… Vorträge aus der Praxis des Ausstellungsmachens kooperiert das Kunstmuseum Basel mit der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst. Søren Grammel, Leiter der Abteilung Kunst ab 1960 / Gegenwart, und Roman Kurzmeyer, Dozent an der HGK, laden Ausstellungsmacher, Kuratoren, Theoretiker und Künstler ein, über den Begriff des Kuratierens zu sprechen, sei dies ein Einblick in ihre eigene kuratorische Praxis, das Reflektieren von Projekten anderer Ausstellungsmacher oder die theoretische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Begriff des Kuratierens.


Der Eintritt ist frei und es ist keine Reservierung notwendig.




Institut Kunst
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Atelier Gebäude A 1.10, Oslo-Strasse 3, 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

Tram 11 Station Freilager, Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach 22, 4023 Basel
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Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach, CH-4002 Basel

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