Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Elena Filipovic to Lead Kunstmuseum Basel


Los Angeles–born curator Elena Filipovic has been named as the following director of Kunstmuseum Basel. Filipovic arrives to the establishment from Kunsthalle Basel, the place she has served as director since 2014; she was the primary girl ever to guide that museum within the 150 years since its founding. She is going to step into her new function no later than June 1, 2024, within the meantime retaining her place at Kunsthalle Basel. Filipovic succeeds Joseph Helfenstein, who has helmed the museum since 2016 and is retiring. Deputy director Anita Haldemann will act as interim director, with help from museum administration, ought to a niche happen between Helfenstein’s departure and Filipovic’s arrival.

“Elena Filipovic satisfied the committee along with her imaginative and prescient relating to the way forward for our museum in addition to her skilled monitor file, her management expertise and her infectious enthusiasm for the whole vary of artwork historical past, which permits her to make the humanities engaging to folks from all walks of life,” mentioned Felix Uhlmann, chairman of Kunstmuseum Basel’s artwork committee, in a press release.

In her new function, Filipovic can have care of the Kunstmuseum Basel’s three venues: Hauptbau (Most important Constructing), Neubau (Extension) and Gegenwart (Museum of Modern Artwork).

Whereas at Kunsthalle Basel, Filipovic oversaw greater than sixty exhibitions, amongst them main surveys of artists together with Michael Armitage, Dora Budor, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Yngve Holen, Anne Imhof, Deana Lawson, Wong Ping, Andra Ursuta, Raphaela Vogel, Anicka Yi, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Previous to assuming directorship of the Kunsthalle Basel, Filipovic for 5 years served as senior curator at Wiels (then Wiels Modern Artwork Heart) in Brussels. In 2022, she organized the Croatian Pavilion on the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale, and from 2009 to 2011, she oversaw the Satellite tv for pc program at Paris’s Jeu de Paume. In 2008, with Adam Szymczyk, she cocurated the Fifth Berlin Biennale. Filipovic additionally curated various touring retrospectives, amongst them “Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Particular Objects With out Particular Kind” (2010) and “Marcel Duchamp: A Work that Is Not a Work of ‘of Artwork’” (2008). She obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton College.

“The artwork historian in me couldn’t be extra thrilled and likewise extra deeply honored by the chance to guide one of many world’s nice artwork museums in a metropolis that’s so strongly dedicated to the humanities, and thereby proceed the exceptional work carried outby Josef Helfenstein,” mentioned Filipovic. “I very a lot stay up for this new activity of shaping the museum’s future in order that its wealthy historical past and unmatched assortment stay alive within the public consciousness with new content material and narratives. As somebody who believes basically within the very important civic function of museums, it’s exhilarating to replicate on the Kunstmuseum Basel and its potentialities, and importantly additionally on the way it can reply toa world that’s changing into ever extra complicated.”



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