International Visitor Programme : May 2017

Philippe Pirotte


Philippe Pirotte. Photo: Christoph Boeckheler

Philippe Pirotte is Dean of the Staedelschule and Director of Kunsthalle Portikus in Frankfurt.
Next to that he is adjunct senior curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and part of the curatorial team of the 2017 Jakarta Biennale. Pirotte was one of the co-founders of the contemporary art center objectif_exhibitions in Antwerp, and was the organisation’s artistic director until 2005. From 2004 to 2013, Pirotte held the position of Senior Advisor at the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2011, he was Director of the Kunsthalle Bern, where he organised solo exhibitions with artists such as Anne-­Mie Van Kerckhoven, Owen Land, Oscar Tuazon, Jutta Koether, Santu Mofokeng, Moshekwa Langa, Pavel Büchler, Allan Kaprow, Xu Zhen, Dora García, Xu Zhen (Madein Company), Deimantas Narkevicius, and Rita McBride. At the Kunsthalle he also organised the group exhibition 'Off Key, Animism and Voids – A Retrospective of Empty Exhibitions'. At the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, he curated the retrospective of acclaimed Chinese film-artist Yang Fudong (2013). At Portikus he organised exhibitions with Lucy Raven, Otobong Nkanga, Ade Darmawan, Meyer Vaisman, and Sharyar Nashat, Marina Rosenfeld among others. As a freelance curator Pirotte co-curated and organised exhibitions with Hassan Khan for the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2014); Luc Tuymans for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001); the retrospective of Senegalese Painter El Hadji Sy (2015); 'My Communism – Poster Exhibition' at TOP contemporary Art Space Shanghai; '50 Days at Sea' for the Shanghai Biennale; 'A Fantasy for Allan Kaprow' for the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo; and 'Camuflaje' for the Fundación Celarg in Caracas Venezuela. He also served as Advising Programme Director for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing (where he organised the inaugural exhibition 'A Garden of Diversion') and he is an advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris/San Francisco). In 2016 he was curator of the 2016 edition of La Biennale de Montréal, entitled 'Le Grand Balcon'. Pirotte has written numerous essays about contemporary art and artists, and contributed to Nka – Journal of Contemporary African Art, Afterall Journal, Kaleidoscope, Mousse Magazine, and Parkett Magazine among others.

Augustín Pérez Rubio


Augustin Pérez Rubio

Augustin Pérez Rubio has a degree in art history from the Universidad de Valencia and has curated over one hundred exhibitions at museums, art centers and biennials, mainly in Europe and Latin America. Before he was Chief curator and Director of MUSAC 2003- 2013, he organised monographic exhibitions of major artists like Pierre Huyghe, Julie Mehretu, Dora García, Pipiloti Rist, Sejima + Nishizawa / SANAA, Elmgreen and Dragset, Harun Farocki, Dave Muller, Ana Laura Aláez, Ugo Rondinone, Azucena Vietes and Lara Almarcegui. Later, as an independent curator, he curated projects that include solo shows by artists such as SUPERFLEX, Sophie Calle, Nestor Sanmiguel Diest, Rosangela Rennó, Carlos Garaicoa, and many group shows thematically related to gender, linguistics, architecture and politics.

He has been the Artistic Director of MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires since May 2014, where he developed a socio-political programme dedicated to female Latin-American artists that already included the exhibitions of Teresa Burga, Annemarie Heinrich and Claudia Andujar plus the ones planned for the future. In addition, Pérez Rubio is also working, together with Andrea Giunta, on a new curatorial script of MALBA’s collection titled VERBOAMERICA a postcolonial revision of the Collection. Recently, he has curated solo shows of artists such as Jorge Macchi, Yoko Ono, Voluspa Jarpa, Carlos Motta and the retrospective show of the collective 'General Idea: Broken Time' which will tour though Latin America during the next couple of years.