Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, announced today that Dieter Roelstraete has been appointed the new Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA. Roelstraete is currently the Curator of MuHKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst) in Antwerp, Belgium, where he has organized large-scale group exhibitions and monographic shows. He will assume his new responsibilities at the MCA in February 2012.
is a wildly productive and extraordinarily smart curator who has
addressed a wide range of art -- geographically, generationally,
materially -- in his writings and exhibitions over the past several
years, says Darling. "We felt his range of knowledge and broad curiosity
would be perfect for the MCA in our attempt to cast as wide a net as
possible in seeking out the most compelling art from around the world.
Importantly, I first started hearing about him from artists who found in
him a sympathetic and intelligent translator of their projects, and
that kind of endorsement is very important to us. He brings with him an
international network of colleagues and collaborators which will extend
the MCA's reach far beyond Chicago; but at the end of the day, he is
also a really charming person who we are all very much looking forward
to working with."
Originally trained as a philosopher at the University of Ghent, Belgian-born Roelstraete has worked at the MuHKA since 2003. His curatorial projects there include Emotion Pictures (2005); Intertidal, a survey show of contemporary art from Vancouver (2005); The Order of Things (2008); Auguste Orts: Correspondence (2010); Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner - A Syntax of Dependency (2011); A Rua: The Spirit of Rio de Janeiro (2011) and the collaborative projects Academy: Learning from Art (2006); The Projection Project (2007); and All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2009). He is currently preparing a retrospective of Chantal Akerman, opening at MuHKA in February 2012.
In 2005, Roelstraete co-curated Honoré d'O: The Quest in
the Belgian pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. He has also organized
solo exhibitions of Roy Arden (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2007), Steven
Shearer (De Appel, Amsterdam, 2007), and Zin Taylor (Ursula Blickle
Stiftung, Kraichtal, 2011), as well as small-scale group shows in
galleries and institutions in Belgium and Germany.
is an editor of Afterall and a contributing editor to A Prior Magazine,
and has published extensively on contemporary art and philosophical
issues in numerous catalogues and journals including Artforum, Frieze,
and Mousse Magazine. He is one of the founders of the journal FR David
and a tutor at De Appel in Amsterdam. In 2010, his book Richard Long: A Line Made By Walking
was published by Afterall Books/The MIT Press, and a volume of his
poetry will be published by ROMA in May 2012. He lives in Berlin with
his wife Monika Szewczyk.