Martin Clark – about Bergen Kunsthall and the role and responsibility of the institutional curator/director

Building 2: The Collection
Event type
Thursday Events
Martin Clark has been Director of Bergen Kunsthall since September 2013. Previously he was Artistic Director at Tate St Ives (2007-13), Curator of Exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol (2005-7), and Curator and Exhibitions Tutor at Kent Institute of Art and Design (now University College of the Creative Arts) (2002-5).

Clark will focus on a number of exhibitions and projects he has organized over the past 12 years with a particular emphasis on the role and responsibility of the institutional curator/director, the relative virtues of context, opportunism and demand, and the need for a different kind of speed.

Clark will also talk a little about the ideas and approach he will be bringing to Bergen Kunsthall, but won’t be committing to any future programme just yet!

Clark graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University, before going on to complete the MA Curating and Commissioning Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London. Over the past 12 years he has curated and organised over 50 exhibitions and projects, including solo shows by Simon Starling, Alex Katz, Lily van der Stokker, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Linder, Albert Oehlen, Carol Bove, Dexter Dalwood, Mark Titchner, Heimo Zobernig, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Barbara Hepworth, Adam Chodzko, Deimantas Narkevicius, Eileen Quinlan, Peter Lanyon and Lucy McKenzie, as well as a number of group exhibitions including: 'The Hollows of Glamour', ’This storm is what we call progress’, 'Pale Carnage', ‘The Indiscipline of Painting’, 'The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art' and most recently ‘Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep’.

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