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Curating Now Symposium at IMMA

A major international symposium on curating contemporary art in public museums and galleries will be held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, from 10 to 12 November 2004.  Curating Now, one of the most important events of its kind ever staged in Ireland, will bring together ten leading international curators, who together represent a vast range of experience across all aspects of the curator’s role.

The speakers, from Europe, North and South America and Japan, will give illustrated presentations on their, often diverse, curatorial practice.  Topics will include programming, acquisitions and purchasing policies, as they relate to artists, arts practice and the audience for art.  They will also set out the context in which their institutions operate – nationally and internationally, and in terms of their relationships with other museums and galleries and general global trends. 

The symposium is aimed at curators, artists, critics, arts administrators and students, and anyone interested in the subject of curating contemporary art.

Curating Now will be chaired by IMMA’s Director, Enrique Juncosa.  The speakers are:
Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main,
Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel, London,
Paolo Colombo, Curator, MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo, Rome,
Douglas Fogle, Curator Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis,
Rachael Thomas, Acting Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin,
Ivo Mesquita, Curator, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paolo,
Fumio Nanjo, Deputy Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo,
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris,
Kevin Power, Deputy Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and
James Rondeau, Curator for Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Commenting on his reasons for initiating the symposium, Enrique Juncosa said: "Museums have become in recent years major cultural players in our societies.  A debate about their different policies is thus topical and relevant.  Also by inviting highly influential curators from different countries to Ireland we hope to inform them about the Irish art scene."

The fee for the symposium is €150.00, concession €130.00 (students, OAPs, unwaged).  In addition to the presentations, this includes a wine reception, tea/coffee and light lunch at IMMA over two days and the symposium pack.

Curating Now is supported by the Arts Council, the Morrison Hotel, CIRCA Art Magazine, the French Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute and Dublin Bus.

Contact details for bookings
Aoife Ruane, Assistant Curator: Education & Community Programmes
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital
Military Road
Dublin 8
Tel +353-1-6129900 Fax +353-1-612 9999
Email [email protected]  Website

Direct Line Aoife Ruane Tel +353-1-6129913
Email [email protected]

Brochure with biographic details of speakers and other information attached.

For further information and colour and black and white images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel : +353 1 612 9900, Fax : +353 1 612 9999,  Email : [email protected]

15 July 2004

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.