SEPTEMBER 2013, FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2014
Cristina Ricupero (Italian-Brazilian) is a Paris-based independent curator and art critic. She has curated exhibitions world-wide, and is known for her special interest in social issues and in constructing a story line through an exhibition with projects such as Social Hackers (Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, 2001), Fundamentalisms of the New Order (Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2002), Populism (Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius; the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2005), Dance in My Experience (Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 2009) and most recently Secret Societies (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and CAPC de Bordeaux, 2011-2012). She also co-curated a group exhibition with artist Fabian Marti: Cosmic Laughter – timewave zero then what? at the Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Germany (2012). Some of her latest shows include Suspicious Minds at Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2013) – a prelude to The Crime Was Almost Perfect she curated at Witte de With in Rotterdam (January to April, 2014).
Cristina Ricupero has also been a frequent lecturer at different art academies in Europe including Faculty of Art and Architecture at NTNU, Trondheim in Norway and at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria and is a regular contributor to frieze magazine.
In September 2013, during the first part of her residency, Ricupero conducted extensive research for her exhibition The Crime Was Almost Perfect, taking advantage of specific Viennese resources such as the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Museum of Criminology. As follow-up to the show Ricupero will use the second part of her residency to prepare a talk with experts involved in the project.
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