Barcelona’s MACBA Names Elvira Dyangani Ose as Subsequent Director
Elvira Dyangani Ose would be the subsequent director of the Museu d’Artwork Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), certainly one of Spain’s most vital museums. She begins her five-year contract this yr and replaces outgoing director Ferran Barenblit, who has led the museum for six years. Dyangani Ose is the primary lady and the primary Black particular person to steer MACBA since its founding in 1987.
Since 2018, Dyangani Ose has been the director and chief curator of the Showroom in London, which is thought for commissioning site-specific exhibitions by rising artists. She can be presently a lecturer on visible cultures at Goldsmiths, College of London.
Beforehand, she was a curator of worldwide artwork at Tate Trendy, curator of latest artwork on the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), and senior curator at Artistic Time in New York. She has additionally been the creative director of Rencontres Picha – Lubumbashi Biennial within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and curator of Göteborg Worldwide Biennial for Up to date Artwork.
Dyangani Ose’s appointment to MACBA is a homecoming of types, as she was born within the Spanish metropolis of Cordova and studied artwork historical past Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona. She is presently an artwork historical past Ph.D. candidate at Cornell College and is predicted to defend her dissertation this summer season.
The museum is presently present process an growth undertaking, led by Catalan-Swiss crew of HArquitectes and Christ & Gantenbein. In a launch the museum stated that the growth “will consolidate MACBA as an integrative museum and in addition as a public assembly level.” In response to the Catalan-language newspaper El Punt Avui, the architects took over the undertaking simply three months in the past and Barenblit’s dealing with of the scenario led to his contract not being renewed. Final month, he took a place as a visiting professor on the College of Michigan in Ann Arbor to show on artwork and politics in Spain.
Members of the jury that beneficial Dyangani Ose to be MACBA’s subsequent director included Chris Dercon, president of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais; João Fernandes, creative director of the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro; and Ann-Sofi Noring, chief curator of the Moderna Museet in Sweden.
In its announcement, the council cited Dyangani Ose’s intention to supply “an modern method to the function of the Museum on the native and worldwide stage, whereas incorporating a transparent want to attach with modern debates on the function of artwork initially of this century, with out shying away from a agency dedication to the social points surrounding cultural establishments.”