Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 pm
Konzeptuelle Kunst: Von genuin zu Genre (Conceptual Art: From Genuine to Genre)

Lecture by Julian Heynen (art historian and curator, Artistic Director at large, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf)
In German language

Julian Heynen’s lecture accompanying the exhibition Imperium by Luca Vitone at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein takes a look at a range of artistic positions from the 1980s until today, which play a role in the curatorial practice of Julian Heynen. Ranking among them are artists such as Franz West, Rodney Graham, Bethan Huws, Simon Starling or Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij. They are artists, who can be located within a widely expanded tradition of the historical (“genuine”) conceptual art.

Julian Heynen works as a curator and author in contemporary art. His numerous exhibitions since the mid-1980s include artists such as Bruce Nauman, Thomas Schütte, Katharina Fritsch, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Andreas Gursky, Juan Muñoz, Richard Deacon, Thomas Struth, Mirosław Bałka, Luc Tuymans, René Daniels, Gregor Schneider, Rosemarie Trockel, Stan Douglas, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Rodney Graham, Candida Höfer, Martin Kippenberger, Thomas Scheibitz, Tino Sehgal, Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, Ayşe Erkmen, Simon Starling, Wilhelm Sasnal, Roman Ondák and Hans Arp, as well as group exhibitions. Julian Heynen wrote texts about these and other artists, but also on topics of art since around 1960. Currently, Heynen is Artistic Director for Special Tasks at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf. In 2003 and 2005, he was Commissioner of the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and, in 2007, co-curator of the Shanghai Biennale.