Appointment of Philip Larratt-Smith as Chief Curator

Appointment of Philip Larratt-Smith as Chief Curator

Faurschou Foundation

Philip Larratt-Smith at the Freud Museum, London, 2012.

June 17, 2014

Philip Larratt-Smith appointed Chief Curator

Faurschou Foundation

Klubiensvej 11
2150 Nordhavn

On 17 June 2014 Faurschou Foundation (Copenhagen and Beijing) announces the appointment of Philip Larratt-Smith as Chief Curator.

An internationally renowned curator and writer, Philip Larratt-Smith will define the exhibitions programme for both venues of the Foundation as well as curate exhibitions, and will also be involved in securing new acquisitions for the permanent collection, together with Jens Faurschou, President of the Faurschou Foundation, and Jens Erik Sørensen, Director of the Faurschou Foundation.

Regarding the appointment, Jens Faurschou, Founder of the Faurschou Foundation, states: “We are very pleased to welcome Philip Larratt-Smith as Chief Curator of the Faurschou Foundation. The exhibitions he has curated in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East reveal a highly original perspective on art and a rare capacity to articulate this perspective through sophisticated installations, scholarly yet accessible writing, and innovative publications. This coupled with his extensive experience and the network of contacts he has developed around the world makes him the perfect choice to head up the curatorial team at Faurschou Foundation.”

Over the past decade, Larratt-Smith has developed a programme of international exhibitions for venues in Latin America, first as a freelance curator and then as Curator at Malba in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he realized the two most successful exhibitions in the museum’s history: Yayoi Kusama / Infinite Obsession and Andy Warhol, Mr. America. 

Philip Larratt-Smith states: “I am honoured to be joining the Faurschou Foundation at this juncture in its history, when it is poised to become a major centre not only in Scandinavia but in Europe and East Asia. I look forward to working with Jens Faurschou, Jens Erik Sørensen, and the rest of the superb Faurschou staff, and I am eager to commence work on developing an ambitious exhibitions programme, building a world-class collection, and strengthening the Foundation’s ties with other public and private institutions.”

Philip Larratt-Smith will begin working with the Faurschou team immediately. He will remain active as a curator and writer in Latin America.

Philip Larratt-Smith was born in Toronto, Canada in 1979, and has a degree in Classics from Harvard University. He has curated exhibitions at Museo Jumex and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo, Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires, Banco de la República in Bogotà, the Wilfredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art and the Fototeca de Cuba in Havana, Inverleith House in Edinburgh, the Freud Museum London, and the Qatar Museums Authority in Doha. 

From 2011 to 2013, Larratt-Smith was Curator at Malba in Buenos Aires. His recent curatorial projects include solo shows of Cy Twombly, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Larry Clark, and Yayoi Kusama, and group shows including Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Barbara Kruger, Paul McCarthy, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Larratt-Smith has also written extensively on postwar and contemporary art, including such artists as Roni Horn, Guillermo Kuitca, Milton Resnick, Anna Maria Maiolino, Jenny Holzer, Iran do Espírito Santo, and Philip Guston.

From 2002 to 2010 Larratt-Smith worked as Louise Bourgeois’s literary archivist. The discovery of Bourgeois’s psychoanalytic writings shortly before the artist’s death provided the core of his landmark exhibition and two-volume publication The Return of the Repressed, which marked the first time these revelatory texts were published. Larratt-Smith is currently preparing his multivolume edition of Bourgeois’s complete psychoanalytic writings for publication.

Faurschou Foundation
Faurschou Foundation is a privately owned art institution with a collection of contemporary art of the highest international standard. Faurschou Foundation has two exhibition spaces, one in Copenhagen’s North Harbour and one in Beijing’s 798 Art District.


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