The art of creating an exhibition

A talk with Jens Hoffmann, Maria Lind and Olle Granath

11.4 2017


New York-based curator Jens Hoffmann presents his new book, The Exhibitionist. The presentation will be followed by a talk between the editor, Maria Lind and Olle Granath, with Moderna Museet’s director, Daniel Birnbaum, as moderator. Welcome!

Video Documentation of the Talk

The Exhibitionist, from magazine to anthology

The book is an anthology containing the first 12 issues of The Exhibitionist: Journal on exhibition making. The first issue was published in 2010, and the focus of the journal is to analyse contemporary exhibition practices and to discuss the potential of exhibitions as a place for experiments and exploration.

Jens Hoffmann is the director of special exhibitions and public programmes at the Jewish Museum, New York, and senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. He founded The Exhibitionist and is currently its editor.

Maria Lind is the director of Tensta Konsthall and was previously a curator at Moderna Museet (1997–2001), director of Kunstverein München (2002–2004), and director the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College, New York (2008-2010). In 2016, she curated the 11th Gwangju Biennale. Maria Lind has written extensively on curating and the anthology Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, in  2010.

Olle Granath was the director of Moderna Museet in 1980–1986, director of the Nationalmuseum in 1989–2001, and permanent secretary of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2005-2009. He curated the exhibition Vanishing Points 1984 at Moderna Museet, which is among the most noteworthy exhibitions in the Museum’s history and that contributed to the art historic debate. Vanishing Points is currently presented in the Pontus Hultén Study Gallery.