Martin Germann’s curatorial practice revolves around the artists’ needs and expectations. Engaging artists in a collaborative process allows to stretch the limits of an institution and find possible answers to the urgent question: “Where does art belong?”.
In this talk, Martin Germann will provide various examples of recent and remote projects as well as an introduction to S.M.A.K.’s unique politics in putting the artist at the centre of its activities.
Martin Germann (Germany/Belgium) is senior curator at S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium, since autumn 2012. He has organised solo shows of artists Lee Kit, Michael Buthe, Thomas Ruff, Jordan Wolfson and Rachel Harrison as well as group exhibitions such as Drawing. The Bottom Line, together with Philippe Van Cauteren. Recent curatorial projects at S.M.A.K. include an ongoing series of presentations of works from the collection, as well as a year long exhibition unfolding around a wall piece by Sol LeWitt. He is currently working on a long-term project on the notion of ‘the photographic’ within the contemporary discourse.
Previously, Germann was curator at Kestner Gesellschaft Hanover, Germany and was responsible of the programme “Gagosian Gallery, Berlin” for the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. He has published numerous exhibition catalogues and monographs and has written for international magazines such as 032c and Frieze. In 2015, he received the AICA award for Belgium’s best exhibition for Lili Dujourie: Folds in time.