Thomas Hirschhorn, installation view, Globalization Reversed (2015), Atopolis, Mons 2015. Photo: Kristien Daem. Courtesy of the artist.
Curator-in-Residence Dirk Snauwaert will present ideas related to the exhibition Atopolis - WIELS @ MONS2015. In summer 2015, WIELS organised an exhibition in the Belgian town of Mons, on the premise of it being converted into a start up centre for creative technologies. The show is aimed at the touristic restoration of the region – another symptomatic case of using visual arts as a tool to develop a new market in cultural consumption. The proposed curatorial solution was to reconnect dialogues of critical contemporary discourse with those of the region’s history. Snauwaert will also provide insights into the institution he directs – WIELS, which combines a set of complementary functions: exhibitions, international residency programmes and education.
Dirk Snauwaert has been involved with WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, since July 2004; he was appointed Artistic Director in January 2005. Before joining WIELS, Snauwaert was Co-Director of the Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alps, in France, where he was in charge of the exhibition programme and of the development of the FRAC Rhône-Alpes collection. He was Director of the Munich Kunstverein from 1996 to 2001.
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