João Ribas is Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal. He was previously Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2009-2013) and at The Drawing Center, New York (2007-2009). Ribas is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010).
His recent exhibitions include In the Holocene (MIT) on art, science, and speculation, and exhibitions of the work of Chris Marker, Amalia Pica, Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, The Otolith Group, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, Cheyney Thompson, Manon de Boer, Unica Zurn, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Matt Mullican, and Frederick Kiesler, among others. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Artforum, Mousse, and Art in America, and he has been a contributor to numerous catalogs and books, including Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg/CCS Bard, forthcoming). A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, he has taught at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the School of Visual Arts, New York.
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.
Art historian and curator Julia Moritz has been the Head of “Maybe Education and Public Programs" of dOCUMENTA (13). Before she was the curator of University of Lüneburg, where she was responsible for the program of the university’s art space, and taught cultural studies seminars. In the course of her postgraduate studies in Vienna, New York and Bilbao she completed a doctoral thesis on the institutional conditions of contemporary art. Independent projects at that time include “Critical Complicity” (with Lisa Mazza) in Vienna, Ljubljana and Bolzano (2010). She previously worked for Manifesta 7 in Trentino/Alto Adige and the German Pavilion at the 52th Venice Biennial. The volume “Question of the Day” (2007, with Nicolaus Schafhausen) gives insight into Moritz’ ongoing dialogical inquiry.
In January 2014 Julia Moritz gave a lecture at the Research Center titled Looking Good at Belvedere which she developed during her residency. The lecture dealt with the ratio between the art being presented and the one un-presented, i.e. different forms of visibility, in museums and particularly in the Belvedere.
Until the end of June, Josh Siegel, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), is paying the Belvedere a short visit within its Curator in Residence Programme. Siegel has been working at the MoMA since 1993, where he is Associate Curator in the Department of Film. Siegel has demonstrated his expertise in the sphere of cinematographic creation in numerous exhibition projects giving new impulses to the exploration and presentation of art film, such as in an extensive retrospective on Jacques Tati. For the Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus, Josh Siegel has been programming a special screening.
Konstantin Akinsha is an art historian, curator and cultural journalist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Among his journalistic awards are George Polk Memorial Award for Reporting on Culture (1991), Clarion Award for Cultural Journalism (2009), the Society of Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award (2009). His main research interest is Russian art of the end of the 19th – the first half of the 20th century.
Over a hundred years ago leading Viennese artists and critics were turning their gazes towards Russia, and this was reciprocated with great interest. This fascinating discovery in art history is the starting point for the research of Konstantin Akinsha. His specialism is the period between 1900 and 1908 when Paris was the undisputed center of the art world. In Vienna during this time, work by Russian artists like Mikhail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, and Boris Kustodiev, were exhibited and gained recognition on the Secession’s initiative. Kustodiev’s Family Portrait (1905), for example, was acquired for the collection of today’s Belvedere in 1908. In turn, Secession exhibitions, with big names like Klimt, were discussed in Russian art magazines, for example by Leon Trotsky who was then in exile in Vienna. Shedding light on the development, extent, and intensity of this mutual reception is the research objective of the Ukrainian curator during his residency.
Dr. Helena Pereña studied Art History and Philosophy in Madrid and Munich. She gained her doctorate with a thesis about Egon Schiele in 2009. From 2006 to 2009 she worked at the Max Beckmann Archives. She was a research fellow and curator at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, contributing to numerous exhibitions about nineteenth and twentieth-century art up until 2012. Most recently she curated the exhibition Egon Schiele – Das unrettbare Ich at the Kunstbau. Numerous publications about modernism.
CIR-Project Helena Pereña
In 1906 the acquisitions committee for the Moderne Galerie – today’s Belvedere – commissioned a painting from Albin Egger-Lienz to be completed within two years. Right on time for the Emperor’s 60-Year Jubilee and shortly before the 100th anniversary of the Tyrolean Wars of Independence, Egger-Lienz presented his Dance of Death of Anno Nine (Totentanz von Anno Neun), the first surviving version of a subject that would frequently occupy him between 1906 and 1921. The painting played an outstanding role in his work, not only because the artist for the first time had found his long sought-after monumental formal language but also as he had discovered war – detached from a specific historical context – as one of his lifelong subjects. Dance of Death unites all the contradictions associated with Egger-Lienz. From the very beginning and to this day, the image has been interpreted both as a manifesto of pacifism and a glorification of the heroic death. But how can such contrary points of view be established from the imagery? Such questions form the starting point for the Belvedere’s exhibition that focuses both on the specific context of the Dance of Death’s creation and tracing the reception of this image.
Martha Kirszenbaum is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles and Paris. She has worked with such institutions as the MoMA, New York (2006-2007); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); and as a research assistant at the New Museum, New York (2008-2010). Additionally, she was curator-in-residence at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2010). Independently, Kirszenbaum has organized exhibitions, projects and screenings in the United States, Europe and northern Africa (2012 Marrakech Biennale). She recently developed a collaborative exhibition project between the Palais de Tokyo and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Kirszenbaum is a regular contributor to Kaleidoscope and Flash Art, and has led seminars on curatorial practice at the Université Paris and Parsons, Paris. She currently serves as Director and Curator of Fahrenheit, a new exhibition space and residency program in Los Angeles, and as the 2014 Associate Curator at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France.
During her residency Martha Kirszenbaum prepared an “intervention” with Lisa Oppenheim and Agnieszka Polska that was realized in fall 2012.
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