Saturday 27 February 2010


Villa della Regina in the hillside of Torino

interior of the Villa della Regina

working table

Matteo from Fondazione CRT

Gianluigi Ricuperati, Matteo from CRT and curator Corinne Diserens

Corinne Diserens

Jean Baptiste Joly from Solitud Akademie and Gianluigi Recuperati

Fabrizio Gallanti from Abitare and ex-Store Front director, Joseph Grima

Fabrizio Gallanti's trainers

Pablo Leon de la Barra

working table

view of Torino, with the snowed mountains as backdrop from the Villa della Regina

Friday 26 February 2010


Pedrosa and Hoffmann joint speech at the last Lyon Biennale.

Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann appointed curators of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial

The 12th International Istanbul Biennial is set for 17 September-13 November 2011, under the curatorship of Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann.

Adriano Pedrosa, born in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, is an independent curator, editor and writer based in São Paulo. He has published in Artforum (New York), Art Nexus (Bogota), Art+Text (Sydney), Tate etc (London), Exit (Madrid), and Frieze (London), among others. Pedrosa curated F[r]icciones (with Ivo Mesquita, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2000), was adjunct curator and editor of publications of the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998), co-curator and co-editor of publications of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), curator of Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2001-2003), curator of InSite_05, San Diego/Tijuana (2005), curator of 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2009), and artistic director of the 2nd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2009). He was a juror of the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (Istanbul Biennial, 2001), of the Prêmio EDP Novos Artistas (Museu Serralves, Porto, 2003), and of the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2004). Pedrosa is on the editorial board of The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making and is the founding director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo.

Jens Hoffmann, born in 1974 in San José, Costa Rica, is a writer and curator of exhibitions based in San Francisco where he is the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hoffmann has worked for a number of art institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; KIASMA -- Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; The Hugh Lane Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; DIA Center for the Arts, New York, Kunstverein in Hamburg; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf as well as for exhibitions such as Documenta X (1997), the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998), and the 9th Lyon Biennial (2007). He was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2003--2007) and co-curator of the 2nd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2009). He is currently co-curating, with Harrell Fletcher, the 1st People's Biennial, taking place in five US museums in 2010. Hoffmann is senior lecturer at the Curatorial Practice Program of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nova Academia di Bella Arti in Milan and an adjunct faculty member of the Curatorial Studies Program of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the founding editor of The Exhibitionist: A Journal on Exhibition Making.

The curators of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial were appointed by the Advisory Board of the International Istanbul Biennial. The advisory board consists of the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, contemporary artist Ayşe Erkmen, art consultant Melih Fereli, director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and chair of the Exhibitions and Museum Studies Program at San Francisco Art Institute Hou Hanru and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem Jack Persekian.

The conceptual framework of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial will be announced by a press conference to be held in autumn 2010 by the curators; Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann.

Thursday 25 February 2010


The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making

The Exhibitionist, a new journal made by curators, for curators, focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns – encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. It is published by Archive Books and will be distributed internationally, selling at major and specialty bookstores and newsstands.

The Exhibitionist will be published twice a year and will follow a strict editorial structure. In each issue, the Curators’ Favorites section will present three texts in which three curators write a personal essay about an exhibition, contemporary or historic, that has particularly impacted their thinking, followed by Back in the Day – an in-depth look at a historically important exhibition. In Assessments, the core of the journal, four curators will review a significant contemporary exhibition, each from his or her individual point of view. Typologies debates specific exhibition formats. Attitude features a text by a member of the editorial board reflecting on the current state of exhibition making. In Rear Mirror, two curators reflect upon exhibitions they have recently curated. And, finally, Endnote, a brief remark on a notable aspect of curatorial practice. Every fourth issue will include a conversation between some of the contributors about past issues; in this way the journal offers a forum for self-reflexivity.

The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making
Editor: Jens Hoffmann
Senior Editor: Tara McDowell
Editorial Board: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Mary Jane Jacob, Constance Lewallen, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Julian Myers, Paul O’Neill, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adriano Pedrosa, Dorothea von Hantelmann
Editorial Founders: Jens Hoffmann and Chiara Figone

Archive Books is an independent publishing house committed to the development of a range of activities dedicated to contemporary cultural production. Its work explores and conveys art publications as a method to bring art practices into the public discussion. Archive Books aims to produce and distribute printed materials, allowing to create and maintain a dialogue between cultural research and the social sphere.

Archive Kabinett is a platform from where to experiment with formats and concepts related to the field of publishing. Its intent is to investigate art practices in the context of a wider cultural and social environment. Archive Kabinett’s agenda is focused on the shifting cultural values and distribution possibilities, aiming also to encourage a critical discussion around the function of an exhibition. From this starting point, it translates, organizes, and circulates critically invested materials.

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Wednesday 24 February 2010


Novo Museo Tropical no budget presentation at Just Madrid.
Somewhere better than this Place (after Felix Gonzalez Torres)
No Sea Marginal, No Sea Heroe (after Alexandre da Cunha (after Helio Oiticica))

invitation to get out of the fair and instead visit the green house next door

novo museo tropical office

novo museo tropical curators, Adriano Pedrosa and Maria Ines Rodriguez

novo museo amigas, Katy Hernandez, Agustina Ferreyra and Carolina Caycedo

Novo Museo Tropical temporary space without art at the Invernadero in Madrid

Novo Museo Tropical (Museu without walls)

when museums and cultural centres outside of the hegemonic centres remain empty because they don't have budget for a programme or curators...
when artists living in the semiperipheries produce specifically for the international market, art fairs and biennales, while ignoring their local public and contexts, or while abusing of their local public and context...
when art produced elsewhere is bought legally (without looting as in the past) by international patrons and museums...
shouldn't we rethink the kind of 'art' we do?
shouldn't we rethink the kind of exhibitions we produce?
shouldn't we rethink the kind of museums we aspire to have?

Novo Museo Tropical
a museum without walls...
an invitation to rethink the museum outside the centre...
do we need new museums and mausoleums?
can we think a different kind of collection?
do we need art bought in galleries, biennales and art fairs?
how to protect the collection from the climate without resorting to air condition?
can we think a museum that exists beyond the conventions of the XX century contemporary art world and its structures?

how can cultural production and memory survive humanity after humans disappear from the earth?

novo museo tropical...
soon somewhere near you...

Monday 22 February 2010


The building known as 'La Huevera' (the egg box) in the centre of Leon

details of the fiberglass prefab elements of the facade of 'La Huevera'

Maria Ines' office

live and work...

Maria Ines Rodriguez and Guilherme on a lazy Sunday morning, reading newspapers and sitting on Bangladeshi inspired stools designed by Cecilia Leon de la Barra

breakfast table...

drawing by Jose Alejandro Restrepo 'Musa Tropical'

and a watercolour I did of the building...