July 24, 2008 - HangarBicocca - Seeking Artistic Director
July 24, 2008

Seeking Artistic Director

spazio d’arte contemporanea
Milano, Italy

Is looking for its first Artistic Director

Application deadline
September 15, 2008


Hangar Bicocca is looking for its first


The Artistic Director will work in close quarters with the Scientific Committee in order to develop an ambitious program of exhibitions and events; build an international network with contemporary art institutions worldwide; consolidate the relations with the neighborhood and with the public and private cultural institutions at local and national level; liaise with the General Director in the activity of fund-raising.

- Excellent knowledge of the international contemporary art scene
- Curatorial experience in contemporary art organizations
- Excellent communication, networking and leadership skills
- Innovative and interdisciplinary experience and/or approach to contemporary culture
- Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Italian

Duration of the appointment: 3 years with the possibility to be extended.

Hangar Bicocca is a large space for contemporary art established in 2004 in the former industrial district of Bicocca in Milan, Italy.

The first three years of activity of the organization have been dedicated to studying the feasibility of the project and to testing the vast and diverse possibilities offered by 15.000 sq m of ex-industrial space.

This was implemented through a wide calendar of exhibitions and events.
In 2004 Anselm Kiefer was invited to create a site-specific work for Hangar Bicocca and in 2005 The Seven Heavenly Palaces was acquired as permanent installation.

Solo exhibitions by Mark Wallinger and Marina Abramovic followed, together with group exhibitions such as Collateral – When Art looks at Cinema and Urban Manners – Contemporary Artists from India and events such as lectures, concerts and live-media performances by Vito Acconci, Ludovico Einaudi and Peter Greenaway among others.

In 2008 Hangar Bicocca organized solo shows of Daniele Puppi and Lucy and Jorge Orta while a major exhibition of Alfredo Jaar is scheduled to open in October.

Hangar Bicocca has recently become a foundation.
A Scientific Committee has been formed in order to help delineate the cultural identity and the artistic guidelines of the foundation, which is willing to present a rather multi-faceted program of activities.
It will focus on contemporary art, but it will also produce and organize projects and events related to music, theatre and literature; main feature of the foundation will be the exploration of the boundaries between different disciplines and fields of contemporary culture. The Scientific Committee has been conceived with a dual governance: 4 members are professionals in the field of contemporary art and 4 are experts in the fields of science, philosophy and economics.

Members of the Scientific Committee are:

Lotte Darsø, Associate Professor in Innovation at Learning Lab Denmark, the Danish University of Education;
Paolo Fabbri, Professor in Art and Artistic Literature Semiotics at IUAV, Venice;
Giulio Giorello, Professor of Logics and Philosophy of Science at University of Milan;
Severino Salvemini, Professor in Management at Bocconi University, Milan;

Jan Hoet, founder of S.M.A.K. in Ghent and Artistic Director of MARTa in Herford;
Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at Serpentine Gallery, London;
Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of Palais de Tokyo, Paris;
Marina Wallace, Professor of Curation at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts and Director of Artakt, London.

Hangar Bicocca is now partly under restoration (11.000 sq meters are available) and by the end of summer 2009 its entire space of 15.000 sq meters will be fully refurbished and provided with three different exhibition spaces, education facilities, administration offices, restaurant-cafeteria and bookshop.

Hangar Bicocca is now looking for its first Artistic Director.

To apply for the position of Artistic Director please send an e-mail to ad@hangarbicocca.it including:
- Cover letter
- Detailed CV
- Document of max 3 pages explaining your short-term and long-term vision of Hangar Bicocca; the strategic direction you will give to Hangar Bicocca to be consistent with the mission; a simulation program for one year of activity with a low budget of 1 million EUR.

All material has to be sent in English.

Application deadline: September 15, 2008.

The Artistic Director will be appointed by the Scientific Committee in October 2009.

For more information about Hangar Bicocca please visit www.hangarbicocca.it

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