Nikolaus Hirsch – School as Exhibition/Exhibition as School

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Nikolaus Hirsch, Astrup Fearnley
The architect, curator and art historian Nikolaus Hirsch took over responsibility for Städelschule and Portikus Art Hall by Daniel Birnbaum, who had led the prestigious educational institution in a decade. We have invited Hirsch to Astrup Fearnley Museet to talk about his vision for this special institution, which has trained several famous Norwegian artists.

Nikolaus Hirsch is the director of Städelschule and Portikus Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Previously he has held academic positions at the Architectural Association in London, the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at Gießen University, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue (2001), Hinzert Document Center (2006), Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), unitednationsplaza (with Anton Vidokle), European Kunsthalle, the Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi, and a number of exhibition structures such as Bruno Latour´s “Making Things Public” (ZKM, 2005) and “Indian Highway” (Serpentine Gallery, 2008). Hirsch has curated „ErsatzStadt: Representations of the Urban“ at Volksbühne Berlin (2005), “Cultural Spaces in India” (2008), “Cultural Agencies” in Istanbul (2009/10), “Globe” in Frankfurt (2011), numerous exhibitions at Portikus and was recently appointed as director of the upcoming Gwangju Folly project in Korea. Hirsch´s work was exhibited at Manifesta 7 (2008), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2011), Devi Art Foundation in Delhi (2012) and the Shanghai Biennale (with Anton Vidokle, 2012). He is the author of the books “On Boundaries” (2007), “Track 17” (2009), "Institution Building" (2009), “Cybermohalla Hub” (2012) and co-editor of the Institut für Kunstkritik books (with Isabelle Graw and Daniel Birnbaum). Together with Markus Miessen he recently launched the new Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press.

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