Curator in Residence

Chris Sharp | OCTOBER TO DEcEMBER 2014

Chris Sharp (b. 1974, USA) is a writer and independent curator based in Mexico City, where he runs, with the artist Martin Soto Climent, the project space Lulu. Together with Gianni Jetzer, he co-curated the 12th edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, entitled Le Mouvement, in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, and he is currently curating the cycle of exhibitions The Registry of Promise, at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Le Parc St. Léger, Pogues-les-Eaux, France; Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France; and De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland. He is editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope magazine, a contributing editor of Art Review, and his writing has appeared in many magazines and on-line publications including Artforum, Fillip, Afterall, Mousse, Metropolis M, Spike, Camera Austria, artpress, Art-Agenda, and others.
In a collaboration with a choreographer, Chris Sharp plans to develop a choreographic work based on Alain Resnais’ and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Last Year in Marienbad. Despite the fact that it is over forty years old, the film Last Year in Marienbad has lost none of its freshness and its power to mystify. After all this time, this haunting masterpiece remains as unresolved and open as the year it was made, 1961. And although it is certainly a period piece, it feels strikingly contemporary and relevant to the current moment. A reflection on the terminal otiosity of the idle rich, this film and engagement with it provides an unusual perspective on issues like, to coin a neologism, the spectralization of the rich, the pathological nature of repetition, and its relationship to rehearsal as a socio-political condition (rehearsal as form of spectralization). Given these issues, choreography is the ideal medium through which to explore them, and the Belvedere, whose park and setting is strongly reminiscent of the early Nouvelle Vague masterpiece, is the ideal context in which to present that choreography.    

Grant Belvedere/21er Haus CIR Programme

The Belvedere/21er Haus Curator in Residence programme (CIR) is intended for curators worldwide who would like to conduct research for around three months in the Belvedere/21er Haus, particularly on a subject relevant to the museum’s collection.

The aim of the programme is to encourage curators and researchers working on the collection and research focus of the Belvedere/21er Haus – Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present. Networking with colleagues at the Belvedere/21er Haus and in the Vienna art and culture scene is explicitly desired.

Project proposals should

  • refer to art and art history themes from the Middle Ages to the present day
  • have a specific reference to the collection areas in the Belvedere/21er Haus.

The results of the research could be communicated in the form of a talk, internet presentation, contribution to the collection, or booklet for the public.

The Curator in Residence will be paid 1,000 euros per month for the duration of the residence, and a furnished apartment in the Lower Belvedere with a workstation will also be provided. The CIR will have access to the museum infrastructure, Research Center and Belvedere/21er Haus collections and will be able to count on the assistance of the staff members responsible for the relevant collections.

Application and selection

The CIR-programme is aimed at curators and researchers who have a relevant university background and curating experience and/or who are capable of devising and working independently on their own project. There is no age limit for the programme.

Complete applications comprise

  • a project description of one page in length in German or English
  • a detailed CV, list of publications and the names of two references
  • information on the desired dates and length of the residence

Please do not send any other documents. Please note in addition that the application documents will not be returned. The selection of successful CIR candidates will be made internally on the basis of the applications received. The jury consists of curators from the specialist departments and the head of the Belvedere Research Centre.


All CIR slots for 2014 have already been allotted. Applications for 2015 will be accepted until 31 July 2014. Applications received outside of this period will not be considered.


Submission by e-mail in MS Word or PDF is preferred.
Postal applications should be addressed to:

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

Mag. Maximilian Geymüller

Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27

1030 Vienna


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