Curator and art critic Krist Gruijthuijsen has been the director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art since July 1, 2016. He has curated exhibitions by Hanne Lippard, Ian Wilson, Adam Pendleton, Ronald Jones, Hiwa K, Willem de Rooij, Beatriz González, David Wojnarowicz, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Hassan Sharif, Leonilson, and Peter Friedl among others, and has edited numerous publications.
Krist Gruijthuijsen is internationally well-connected and has many years of experience as curator and director of leading international institutions for contemporary art. Gruijthuijsen was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein from 2012 until 2016 and held the position of course director of the MA Fine Arts Department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam from 2011 until 2016. He is one of the co-founding directors of the Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized many exhibitions and projects over the past 15 years, including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, NL), Arnolfini (Bristol, GB), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, AU), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, GB), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA), with MoMA PS1 (New York), CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (FR), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (CH), Sharjah Art Foundation, Malmö Konsthall (SE) , and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Porto, PT).
Gruijthuijsen’s appointment was part of a structural repositioning of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Based on an amendment to the statutes, KW will be represented by Krist Gruijthuijsen as director; Gabriele Horn, former director of KW and the Berlin Biennale, will serve as director of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in the future.
Introduced by Katherine Adams, CCS Bard Graduate Student.
CCS Bard Speaker Series Each semester CCS Bard hosts a program of lectures by leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Speakers are selected primarily by second-year graduate students and also by faculty and staff. All lectures are free and open, and will also be documented through audio recordings that reside in the CCS Bard Library & Archives.
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