Dr. Gregor Jansen, Thomas Thiel, Christina Végh and Hilke Wagner

Saturday, May 26, 6PM

Co-presented by the Or Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

World Art Centre (Room 2555)
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.

Please join us for introductory presentations by German curators Dr. Gregor Jansen, Thomas Thiel, Christina Végh and Hilke Wagner, each of whom are participating in a research trip across Canada organized by the Canadian Embassy Berlin and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dr. Gregor Jansen
Dr. Gregor Jansen assumed his duties as director of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in January 2010. He studied history of art and architecture, philosophy, sociology, and political science at the RWTH Aachen and completed his doctorate in 1998 on the subject “Eugen Schönebeck. A German Legend.”
He subsequently worked as curator, art critic, and free-lance author, and lectured in image science and media theory at a number of universities in Germany and the Netherlands.
From 2005 to the end of 2009, Gregor Janson headed the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, where the exhibitions he curated included “Light Art from Artificial Light” (with Peter Weibel), “totalstadt.beijing case. Cultural Aspects of the High-Speed Urbanization in China,” “Michael Kunze,” and “Vertrautes Terrain. Contemporary Art in & on Germany” (with Thomas Thiel).

Thomas Thiel
Since September 2008 Thomas Thiel is the director of Bielefelder Kunstverein in Germany. He studied Cultural Sciences and Aesthetical Practice in Hildesheim (Germany) and Marseille (France). From 2004 to 2008 he worked as a curator and director of the exhibition department at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Recently he curated solo exhibitions with artists such as David Adamo, Latifa Echakch, Luke Fowler, Maria Loboda, Gabriel Kuri or Gareth Moore. Beside he organized group shows such as “More than a T-Shirt”, “In the event of suspicion” (with Wiebke Gronemeyer), “From A to B, from B to P” or “Beyond Gestaltung”. Thiel also invented the ongoing video exhibition platform “Subjective Projections” that is presented in the exhibition spaces as well as on the Kunstverein’s website. Thomas Thiel’s program for the Bielefelder Kunstverein got already two national awards: “Jump – Grants to Art Associations” (2009) by Arts Foundation of North-Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW) and an “Honorable Mention” in the frame of ADKV-ART COLOGNE Prize for Kunstvereine (2010).

Christina Végh
Christina Végh, born in 1970 in Zurich, has been the director of the Bonner Kunstverein since 2005.
Végh studied art history, ethnology and philosophy in Zurich und Santa Cruz (California), completing her degree with a dissertation on the art of Jorge Pardo. She subsequently worked as a curator at the Kunsthalle Basel from 2000 to 2004, where she latterly held the post of interim director. Reflecting her strong interest in space/architecture and cultural anthropology, Végh’s curatorial practice is characterized by giving a regional focus to an internationally oriented programme. Having taken up the position of director at the Bonner Kunstverein in 2005, Végh successfully repositioned the association’s programme, for which it received the Sparda-Bank West award in 2008. The refurbishment of the Bonner Kunstverein building under her direction also gained official recognition in the form of a BDA Nordrhein-Westfalen award in 2010. In addition to showing individual artists’ work, Végh regularly organizes thematic exhibitions that address socially related issues. The inclusion of presentations by more established artists provides important historical reference points, as with John Baldessari’s 2007 exhibition “Music”, while the possibilities of an exhibition dispositif are explored through unusual exhibition formats such as “Totalschaden” (2006, developed with Gregor Schneider) and artistic collaborations (among others, between Mathias Poledna and Christopher Williams in 2009). Besides developing the concept for the Bonner Kunstverein’s exhibition programme, Végh quickly made a name for herself by establishing an experimental art education programme for children and young people. Entitled “Kunst-Stück”, it received an award from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2009 in the section “Collaboration”.

Hilke Wagner
born in 1972 in Kassel, Germany. Studies: Art History, Philosophy and Romance Philology in Kassel, Valencia and Madrid.
2003-2006: Curator at kestnergesellschaft in Hannover. (curated shows Peter Doig, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Santiago Sierra, Barbara Kruger etc.)
2006-2007 Director of Situation Kunst, part of the art collections of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Since 2007: Director of the Kunstverein Braunschweig (curated solo shows with Armin Boehm, Christoph Keller, Tue Greenfort, Marine Hugonnier, Rosa Barba, Peter Piller, Ariel Schlesinger, Marcel Dzama, Carlos Garaicoa etc.),
Since 2011: teaches curatorial praxis at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig


Dr. Gregor Jansen, Thomas Thiel, Christina Végh and Hilke Wagner

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