2017 Curatorial Exchange program : "Reaching out"

This programme is created by the members of the EUNIC Russia – the Austrian Cultural Forum, the British Council, the Embassy of Finland, the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Sweden and Moscow French Institute.

 The aim of the programme is to help young Russian curators acquire experience, share their knowledge and create networks whilst working in leading European cultural institutions. For the past five years Russian curators have had experience of working with some of the most interesting and active European art. After the internships, curators develop their own independent curatorial projects, which are to be presented at the final event. The best project will be implemented with financial support from EUNIC (3000 EURO).

 The topic for 2017`s EUNIC curatorial programme is “Reaching Out”. The main idea is to represent the curatorial statement further than usual representation. The aim is to move away from traditional institutions and create a broader output to a wider audience (including people with special needs and abilities), whereas art is introduced in unbounded ways and extensively spread in the unique fringe areas. A message suggests any form of media and occupies any kind of space, producing response, opinion or coexistence. The key point is to search, or invent, new instruments to collaborate with public areas and an unlimited number of individuals.

 How to participate? Curators for the internship will be selected by competition.
 1.       Download the application form
2.        Submit applications to curatorialexchange@gmail.com before May 12th:  the subject of your letter should start with the country of your choice and include your name. (ex. Sweden, Koroleva Svetlana).
3.       Based on applications received representatives of the EUNIC cluster in Moscow will produce a first shortlist of applicants.
4.       Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by representatives of the hosting institutions (via skype) that will select curators for internships.

 &nbs​The internships will be held between June 12th and September 29th 2017.


  1.   Russian citizenship
  2.   Age from 23  to  35 
  3.   Degree in the humanities
  4.   Minimum 2 years of curatorial practice
  5.   Knowledge of foreign language according to the requirements of country where you aim to undergo internship


Hosting institutions:

Ars Electronica (Austria):
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects between art, technology and society. The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Our staff includes more than 250 employees from throughout the world, whose skills and dedication contribute daily to Ars Electronica’s outstanding international reputation.
In Ars Electronica’s division Festival-Prix-Exhibition you will be responsible for substantively developing and producing an exhibition, performative or discursive format in the framework of our 2017 Ars Electronica Festival and also working together with artistic associates and partners institutions throughout Austria and abroad. In this position, you will be requested to take over the main artist communication, organizational processes as well as location planning (architectural design, set up, technical & architectural demands,…) and act as a key communicator to the main festival structures (PR, editorial team, hospitality, financing, travel office).
Place: Linz, Austria
Time: between June and September 2017 (Ars Electronica 2017: September 7th to 11th)

 Kiasma (Finland) :
Kiasma is one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region. It is part of Finnish National Gallery and its mission is to present and collect the very latest works in contemporary art. We seek to make contemporary art accessible to as large an audience as possible and thereby to offer people new experiences and new perspectives through art.
There are currently about 8,000 works in the collections, and about 100 new pieces are added every year. Kiasma focuses on works by Finnish artists and that of artists living in nearby countries, but other international aqcuisitions and commissions are also made.
This year the main exhibition is ARS17 that is a major exhibition of international contemporary art on the theme of digital revolution. The exhibition will showcase artists of the new millennium and offer a fresh approach to contemporary art by also expanding the viewing experience into the online realm.
Kiasma will offer a curator an opportunity to get to know exhibition practices in the digital age using the ARS17 exhibition as a case study.
 Place: Helsinki, Finland
Time: September 2017  

Musée d'Art Contemporain (France):
With almost  eight hundred works, the collection of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) is inherited from the collection of the Cantini museum which was divided in two parts in 1994 when the  MAC  was created. Through their common declaration on October 27th 1960, the Nouveaux Réalistes declared their intention to work with the new materials accessible thanks to the modernity (such as posters, objects from the consumer society, new materials: plastics, neons…)
This way, the collection of the MAC shows the essential of the artistic production of the second half of the XXth century and the beginning of the XXIst century. In this collection, you can find works of great quality whether they were issued from the Nouveaux Réalistes, the Support Surface, the Arte Povera, the Land Art or the Fluxus movement. The Narrative Figuration is represented by a group of remarkable paintings whereas many works (sculpture, photos and videos) reveal the originality of art performance and body art.
In the garden near the museum, several works by Jean-Michel Alberola, Julien Blaine, César, Erik Dietman and Fabrice Gygi complete the presentation.
Place: Marseille, France
strong>Time: from August 20th to the end of September  

Tensta konsthall (Sweden):
Tensta konsthall is a centre for contemporary art in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, northwest of the city center. The gallery works with artists from both Sweden and abroad, often in conjunction with local associations and organizations in the area.
The gallery will receive a curator based on a proposal that takes the galleries own activities into consideration.
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Time: End of August, September 

 Lenbachhaus (Germany):
The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the Kunstbau are the exhibition venues of an internationally renowned municipal museum in Munich that brings the presentation of art and the discourse around it together in a fruitful and distinctive synthesis.
The Lenbachhaus collects, conserves, studies, and presents the art of the nineteenth century, the Blauer Reiter, the New Objectivity, as well as international contemporary art.

Its collecting activities and exhibition programming are closely coordinated and complement each other. They keep art lovers in Munich as well as international audiences abreast of major developments in the arts.
The Lenbachhaus prioritizes novel and moving creative expressions over generally accepted positions. It seeks to arrange the works in its collections in forever new groups, bringing out unexpected interactions and trying out different forms of presentation while implementing an exhibition program that draws its energies from the dynamic dialogue between the new and contemporary and the solid historic foundation on which the collection rests. Munich has always been a major centre for the arts and art-historical developments. One element of the Lenbachhaus’s mission is to identify, nourish, and present innovative trends.
Place: Munich, Germany
Time: information is to be confirmed  

Whitworth Gallery (United-Kingdom):
 A gallery that is historic and contemporary, academic and playfulFounded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has been transformed by a £15 million development. This is a gallery whose visitor numbers have climbed spectacularly in the past five years, whose contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to international collections, and whose risk-taking curatorial team has gained global attention.
Part of the University of Manchester, the Whitworth is a gallery that is a place of research and academic collaboration, and whose education and learning teams have generated new approaches to working with non-traditional arts audiences.
Yet despite its ambition and change, the Whitworth is also a gallery that has retained a sense of the personal, the intimate and the playful. It is a place that its visitors love, and feel that they own.
Place: Manchester, UK
Time: September 2017