7 – 13 December 2015
Dirk Snauwaert (b. 1963, Belgium) 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.
Dirk Snauwaert will connect with local artists and explore the Singapore art scene as well as the larger region of Southeast Asia. Snauwaert will also give a public talk presenting ideas related to the exhibition Atopolis, organised by WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels) in collaboration with Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, which presented a group of artists interested in phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation. Twenty-three artists temporarily installed a proposal for an atopolis, or for an ideal city, connected to everyplace or anyplace. Snauwaert will also provide insight into the institution he directs – WIELS which combines a set of complementary functions: exhibition, production through an international residency programme and a robust education focus.