Heidi Ballet, Chantal Pattyn & Steven van Teeseling with Laurens Otto
The expansionist Biennial model is increasingly coming under pressure. The current pandemic has made considerations of locality and sustainability not only urgent but also inescapable. How do Belgian and Dutch Biennales, Triennials and arts festivals respond to these developments? A conversation with Heidi Ballet (curator of the Beaufort Triennial), Chantal Pattyn (curator of the Watou Arts Festival) and Steven van Teeseling (general director of the Sonsbeek Foundation), moderated by Laurens Otto (curator MDD).
Heidi Ballet is curator of the 2021 Beaufort Triennial as well as of the 2018 edition. Based in Berlin, she is a curator at deSingel in Antwerp. Previous projects include the 2019 Tallinn Photomonth Biennial and the 2017 Lofoten Biennial (LIAF). Beaufort 2021 will take place on the Belgian coast from 27 May to 7 September.
Chantal Pattyn is curator of the Watou Arts Festival in 2021 together with Benedicte Goesaert and Peter Verhelst. Pattyn is the broadcast manager of Klara and presenter of the art programme Pompidou. The 40th edition of the Watou Arts Festival will take place from 3 July to 5 September around Poperinge.
Steven van Teeseling is general director of the Sonsbeek Foundation and responsible for the overall strategic, artistic and business management of the Foundation. Previously, van Teeseling was head of innovation and communication at the Mondriaan Fund. The 12thedition of Sonsbeek will take place from 10 April to 21 June in Arnhem and beyond.
Luc Keppens & Marc Noppen with Ann Overbergh
Luc Keppens and Marc Noppen discuss some of the short- and long-term effects of the corona pandemic on culture and other spheres, in a conversation moderated by Ann Overbergh.
The talk takes as its starting point Keppens’ recent book Vaccins in voorbereiding: Welke wereld na de pandemie? in which he addresses some of the changes, adaptations and adjustments imposed on our post-covid condition.
Luc Keppens has held leading positions in the banking sector and is committed to several cultural institutions and social projects. His book Vaccins in voorbereiding was born out of concerns for the virus’s impact on the social fabric and inclusiveness.
Prof. Dr. Marc Noppen is CEO of the University Hospital Brussels in Jette, Brussels, a position he has held since 2006. As part of his research, he has taught at numerous prestigious faculties in the US, Canada, France and Australia.
Ann Overbergh is general director of Flanders Arts Institute since 2019. She was a member of the College of Presidents within the current Arts Decree, a member of the editorial staff of the culture magazine rekto:verso, and a staff member of BAM, the predecessor of Flanders Arts Institute.
Oscar van den Boogaard with Laurens Otto
Van den Boogaard discusses authorship, the blurring of fact and fiction, and his life in Sint-Martens-Latem with MDD curator Laurens Otto.
Oscar Van den Boogaard is the author of several novels such as Jachthuis (De Bezige Bij, 2020) and stars in the TV-show Latem Leven. For the publication Prelude: Melancholy of the Future, he revisits his time in Villa Arca, in MDD’s immediate vicinity.
Edith Doove & Frank Benijts with Janus Boudewijns
With the start of the first phase of the renovation of the museum in January, Edith Doove and Frank Benijts look back and ahead to the future of MDD. Moderated by Jan(us) Boudewijns, MDD's collection manager.
Dr. Edith Doove, curator, writer and researcher, was MDD's curator-director between 1999 and 2004.
Frank Benijts has been a member of the MDD Board of Directors since 1980 and was chairman between 1989 and 2001.
Chris Dercon & Philip Van den Bossche with Kathleen Weyts
Chris Dercon and Philip Van den Bossche discuss the role of visual culture and the position of art institutions within national and international contexts. Moderated by Kathleen Weyts, director of HART magazine.
Chris Dercon is the director of the Grand Palais (Paris). He has been the director of art institutions such as the former Witte de With (Rotterdam), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Tate Modern (London) and the Berlin Volksbühne Theater.
Philip Van den Bossche is a curator and writer working in Belgium and Morocco. From 2001 to 2007 he was curator at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) and director of Mu.ZEE (Ostend) from 2007 to 2019.
Kathleen Weyts is director of HART, the Belgian monthly magazine for contemporary art, since 2019.