2019 Istanbul Biennial to be curated by Nicolas Bourriaud
“I am very honored to be able to contribute to the history of Istanbul Biennial, which has always been a place of strong curatorial statements since its creation in 1987. Also, as a crossing point, the city of Istanbul takes a specific signification today, in a global political era marked by binary thought. I will try to build an exhibition that measures up to our historical situation,” said Bourriaud.
Bourriaud, born in 1965, is the director of Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo), an institution he created, and one of the co-founders of Palais de Tokyo in Paris between 1999 and 2006.
He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010 and founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev.
Istanbul Biennial Advisory Board members will include Iwona Blazwick, Ayşe Erek, İnci Eviner, Yuko Hasegawa and Agustín Pérez Rubio.
The 16th Istanbul Biennial will be organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The conceptual framework of the biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2018.