March 26, 2019

Henk Slager to Curate Ninth Bucharest Biennale

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA—The Bucharest Biennale’s international advisory board has appointed curator, educator, and writer Henk Slager as curator of its ninth edition, which is set to take place between May 28, 2020 and July 4, 2020. The event will focus on the concept of research and its relationship to contemporary art as well as the role of biennials as platforms for the circulation of ideas.

Slager is a professor of artistic research at the Netherlands’ HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. He previously taught at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art from 2010 to 2015 and served as cocurator of the Venice Biennale’s research pavilion in 2017 and 2015; the First Asia Biennial / Fifth Guangzhou Triennial in 2015; and “Aesthetic Jam,” a satellite project of the 2014 Taipei Biennial. He also cofounded the European Artistic Research Network (E.A.R.N.), which investigates the impacts of artistic research on current art education through symposia, presentations, and other programming, with Jan Kaila and Gertrud Sandqvist.

Beral Madra and Răzvan Ion served as curators of the eighth iteration of the biennial. Titled “Edit Your Future,” the exhibition was realized across three galleries: Mobius Gallery, MORA (Opportunities for Romanian Artists), and Atelier (Contemporary Art Space). Founded by a group of artists and cultural figures, the biennial is an independent initiative that aims to distance itself from the market powers of the global art scene.

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