Internships for Russian curators 2016

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This programme was created by the members of the EUNIC Russia – the Austrian Cultural Forum, the British Council, 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 while working in leading European cultural institutions. For the past four years Russian curators have had experience of working in some of the most interesting and active European art institutions - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Kalmar konstmuseum, Turner Contemporary, Haus der Kunst, Liverpool Biennial, Modern Art Oxford, and Färgfabriken. 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). 

Imagining the future is the topic for 2016`s EUNIC curatorial programme. The participants are suggested to reflect on this topic and express their vision of the future in their projects. Projects can be devoted both to imagining the future in general as well as future`s certain aspects.


How to participate? 
Curators for the internship will be selected by competition. 

  1. Download the application form.
  2. Submit applications to by: 
    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 shortlist of applicants. 
  4. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by representatives of the hosting institutions (via skype) that will select curators for internships.   

​The internships will be held from April to August 2016.


  • Russian citizenship
  • Age from 23  to  35 
  • degree in the humanities
  • minimum 2 years of curatorial practice
  • 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 a competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as an 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 all over 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 in the framework of our 2015 activities and also working together with artistic associates and partners institutions throughout Austria and abroad.
Place: Linz, Austria
​Time: May-August  2016

Tensta konsthall (Sweden)

Tensta konsthall is a center 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.

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The gallery will receive a curator during or around the month of April based on a proposal that takes the galleries own activities into consideration.
Place: Stockholm
​Time: May  2016

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) (Romania)

Officially inaugurated in 2004, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) in Bucharest features a wide diversity of projects and contemporary art collections ranging from painting, sculpture, dance, experimental film, tapestry and photography to video and digital art works. The museum has an impressive digital archive (over three million documents) which holds the contemporary visual artists' works. MNAC has three sites which showcase “The History of Art in Romania between the 20th and 21st century” (Palace of the Parliament), “Local, regional and international contemporary works” (Sala Dalles) and an “Experimental lab dedicated to young artists” (Anexa MNAC). While displaying temporary exhibitions, the museum is an important promoter of contemporary culture: it organizes presentations, workshops and performances. MNAC currently counts among the most visited museums of Bucharest (over 60,000 visitors annually).
Place: Bucharest
Time: May  2016

Palais de Tokyo (France)

Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002: Its liveliness, joyfulness, and adventurous approach made Paris sit up and take notice. As an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious undeveloped plot in the 16th arrondissement, a offbeat yet ambitious “palace”, a place for exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art. It has been emulated as a model and for its programming well beyond the frontiers of France, both among specialists, art-lovers, and the wide public.

Following on from these years of success, in 2012 Palais de Tokyo became one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe, its surface area rising from8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. It now extends right to the River Seine, forming a link on the side of the hill between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées. Its success, its spirit of adventure, and these new spaces made available to artists, their gestures, and their ways of looking increase our capacity to perceive, imagine, and open up new paths.

Place: Paris
Time: May-August  2016

Kunstverein in Hamburg (Germany)

Kunstverein in Hamburg was founded in 1817 and is one of the oldest cultural associations in Germany. It is dedicated to contemporary art. The present building of the Kunstverein was an old market hall, redesigned by the architect community Störmer and partners, Floder & Simons into a modern exhibition, without denying the original character of the place.

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Place: Hamburg
Time: May-August  2016

United Kingtom

Information is TBC.