Art Insight: History

Read trends in contemporary art ahead of time through the eyes of global leaders

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Genuine advice from leaders who anticipate the future


All around the world, numerous exhibitions, biennales and various art events are being held, and their themes and approaches are diverse indeed. Would it not be great to have a bird’s-eye view of the course and trends in contemporary art, to have foresight, to take a step ahead and even overtake the trend? It would be insightful to gain the perspective of global leaders on contemporary art, and what directions art must take to move forward. This corner may hold the keys to these curious enigmas.

This corner will feature leading museum curators, art critics, and art directors from around the world. The industry leaders will be interviewed to share their insightful perspectives and unique opinions on contemporary art. The audience will be presented an opportunity to not only comprehend contemporary art trends, but also look into trends of the near future. The audience will explore future possibilities for progress, standing on the shoulder of giants and leading figures in contemporary art.

Art Insight #23: Jean de Loisy

Jean de Loisy

President of Palais de Tokyo

Created by the hands of Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans, the Palais de Tokyo has drawn attention since it opened its doors in 2002, launching exceptional and experimental programs. The museum was favorably received as daring and fresh, while some called it an unconventional museum. Over time, the museum was also severely criticized as being unintelligible. Jean de Loisy, who has led the art museum since 2011 following the two founders and Marc-Olivier Wahler, has attempted to make drastic changes in order to reestablish the Palais de Tokyo, which had drifted away from artists, critics, and audiences, as the most innovative contemporary art center in Europe. We met Jean de Loisy, the President of the Palais de Tokyo, who is constantly searching for ways human life, society, and art can coexist.

Art Insight #22: Maria Lind

Maria Lind

Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2016

‘The eleventh Gwangju Biennale’ has been unveiled. The biennale, where domestic and foreign media, experts of contemporary art and artists gather, has been prepared at its best to suit its title of being ‘international’; scouting Maria Lind, who is leading the contemporary art of Northern Europe, it is already in the centre of news and discussions. The artistic director Maria Lind has been devoting herself to recreate “The Eighth Climate”, which refers to “a state one might reach using imaginative capacities”, by directing the subjects, outlines, nuance of artworks and even the temperature of exhibition spaces. We met Maria Lind and asked about Gwangju Biennale’s today and vision, and leap of Korean contemporary art.

Art Insight #21: Hedwig Fijen

Hedwig Fijen

Director of Manifesta

‘Manifesta’ is one of the three most prestigious art events in Europe, alongside the ‘Venice Biennale’ and Kassel’s ‘Documenta’. What distinguishes it from the others is its nomadic nature. ‘Manifesta’ is not tied to a specific place like Venice or Kassel, but is held in different cities across Europe for each iteration. Under the aim to expand the world of visual art and promote exchange with the hosting city’s social, historical, economical, and architectural context, ‘Manifesta’ has roamed the continent for more than 20 years since 1996. Starting in Rotterdam, it has moved through cities like Luxembourg, Ljubljana, St. Petersburg, and now Zurich for its 11th edition. At the center of this long history has been Hedwig Fijen, co-founder and director of ‘Manifesta’. We spoke to her about the behind-the-scenes of operating such an internationally renowned event.

  • Art Insight #20: Marc Spiegler

    Marc Spiegler Global Director, Art Basel ⓒ Art Basel

    Art Insight #20: Marc Spiegler

    Art Basel Global Director

  • Art insight #19: Jim Richardson

    Art insight #19: Jim Richardson

    Founder of MuseumNext

  • Art Insight #18: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

    Art Insight #18: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

    Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA(13)

  • Art Insight #17: Hoor Al-Qasimi

    Art Insight #17: Hoor Al-Qasimi

    President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation

  • Art Insight #16: Susanne Gaensheimer

    Art Insight #16: Susanne Gaensheimer

    Director of MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

  • Art Insight #15: Maja Hoffmann

    Art Insight #15: Maja Hoffmann

    Executive Director of LUMA Arles·President of the LUMA Foundation

  • Art Insight #14: Gregory Burke

    Art Insight #14: Gregory Burke

    The Executive Director and CEO of Remai Modern

  • Art Insight #13: Chris Dercon

    Art Insight #13: Chris Dercon

    Director of Tate Modern

  • Adam D. Weinberg

    Art Insight #12: Adam D. Weinberg

    The Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Lorenzo Rudolf

    Art Insight #11: Lorenzo Rudolf

    Founder and Director of Art Stage Singapore

  • Colette Barbier

    Art Insight #10: Colette Barbier

    Director of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard

  • Michael Govan

    Art Insight #9: Michael Govan

    Director of LACMA

  • Lars Nittve

    Art Insight #8: Lars Nittve

    Executive Director of M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

  • Jean Boghossian

    Art Insight #7: Jean Boghossian

    President of the Boghossian Foundation

  • Melissa Chiu

    Art Insight #6: Melissa Chiu

    Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

  • Philip Tinari

    Art Insight #5: Philip Tinari

    Explorer who leads Chinese art scene through dynamic projects

  • Massimiliano Gioni

    Art Insight #4: Massimiliano Gioni

    Innovator with distinct direction and proposal for where the art world should go

  • Annette Kulenkampff

    Art Insight #3: Annette Kulenkampff

    Directing questions on the fundamental of art and society through documenta in Kassel

  • Nicolas Bourriaud

    Art Insight #2: Nicolas Bourriaud

    Meet the Curator of Taipei Biennial 2014, Nicolas Bourriaud

  • Okwui Enwezor

    Art Insight #1: Okwui Enwezor

    Meet Okwui Enwezor, the director of Venice Biennale 2015

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