It is designed and developed in close collaboration, and over several years, by major European art institutions: Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Beyeler Foundation in Basel, LVHMs Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, and by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.The project "L’Europe des artistes" will result in a major exhibition bringing together artists from all over Europe, which will be presented from the year 2014 in the institutions that initiated it before travelling to other museums in Europe and the world.
This exhibition will be preceded by – and prepared through - a series of conferences that will start from the beginning of 2013 and will continue until the first opening of the exhibition in 2014. This program consists of thematic evenings to be held every two months during the years 2013 and 2014 in the different partner institutions. These evening lectures will be the first public manifestation of the project "Europe of artists".
The second thematic evening takes place on 21 February at Astrup Fearnley Museet and looks at Great Britain.
GIL LEUNG and JAMIE STEVENS attempt to unpick an artistic vernacular present within - and particular to - the ecology of the London art world. As a city predicated upon a history of immigration and multiculturalism, the construction of coherent critical terrain for artists, theorists and curators within London and Great Britain at large must be predicated on the positions of the speakers themselves. Artist and writer GIL LEUNG and curator JAMIE STEVENS will make brief presentations using examples of artists, exhibitions and their venues, followed by a question and answer session.
GIL LEUNG is a writer and curator based in London. She is Distribution Manager at LUX, London and Editor of VERSUCH journal. She previously worked as Assistant Curator for Tate
Film and Live Programmes and writes for Afterall and various independent publications.
JAMIE STEVENS is a curator based in London. He is the current Cubitt Curatorial Bursary Holder and was previously Exhibitions & Events Organiser at Chisenhale Gallery and is co-editor of publishing project Benedictions.
The conference is generously supported by the British Council.
The presentations are held in English.