Influence of Isa Genzken

2019 Nasher Prize Dialogues

A panel discussion with artists and curators focused on the tremendous impact of Isa Genzken’s career. Featuring Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center; German art curator Beatrix Ruf; artist Simon Denny; and moderated by writer, editor and Executive Director of the Institute of Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Jörg Heiser.

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Moderator / Jörg Heiser, writer and art critic, curator, and musician
>A doctor of art history holding an M.A. in philosophy, Heiser is?director of the Institute for Art in Context, and the dean of?the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in Berlin. For twenty years, he worked as an editor for?frieze?and continues to write for the magazine. His books include?All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Contemporary Art?(2008) and the forthcoming?Double Lives in Art and Pop Music?(September 2019). Since 2004 he has curated numerous group exhibitions including?Romantic Conceptualism?(2007-8, Kunsthalle Nuremberg and Bawag Foundation Vienna, catalogue), and he was co-curator of the Busan Biennale 2018 in South Korea. The second album of the band La Stampa, of which he is a a member, was released in 2018 by Vinyl Factory, London. 


Simon Denny (1982 Auckland/New Zealand) lives and works in Berlin. He makes exhibitions that unpack the social and political implications of the technology industry and the rise of social media, startup culture, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, using a variety of media including installation, sculpture, print and video. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, graduating with a BFA in 2005 and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, with a Meisterschule in 2009. Denny’s work has been exhibited recently in solo exhibitions at MOCA, Cleveland (2018); OCAT, Shenzhen (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014) MUMOK, Vienna (2013); Kunstverein Munich (2013). He represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. His works are represented in institutional collections including MoMA (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Kunsthaus Zürich (Zürich), Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Berlin) and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington). Denny also co-founded the BPA//Berlin Program for Artists, an artist mentoring program, in 2016 with Willem de Rooij and Angela Bulloch. Since 2018, he is a professor for Time Based Media at the HFBK, Hamburg. 

Laura?Hoptman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center in New York has been a curator of contemporary art and a leading participant in the international art conversation for three decades.? She came to the Drawing Center in September , 2018 after eight years as a curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, an institution where she also began her career in the 1990s as a curator with a specialty in drawing.? Among the dozens of exhibitions that?Hoptman?has curated include?Drawing Now:?Eight Propositions, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing at MoMA and retrospectives of the work of Elizabeth Peyton, Yayoi Kusama, Isa Genzken, Henry Taylor, Kai Althoff and Bruce Conner. In 2004, she curated the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, and in 2007, she led the team of curators who organized Unmonumetal an exhibition of contemporary assemblage that reopened the New Museum in New York. She has published widely on the work of Kusama and Genzken, and on more general issues of contemporary painting, drawing, and sculptural assemblage.  

Beatrix?Ruf?served as the Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from November 2014 to January 2018, where she initiated and realized a reorganisation of the exhibition and collection programming and the spatial use of the museum’s building titled BASE; TURNS and NOW, including a continued program of research-based exhibitions and activations of the collection and a reinterpretation of the permanent collection hang with a wall display developed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, opening in December 2017.? From September 2001 to October 2014,?Ruf?headed the Kunsthalle Zürich as Director and Chief Curator, overseeing a substantial expansion project launched in 2003 and concluded in 2012.?Former occupations include:?Curator at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth from 1994-1998,; Director of the Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus from 1998-2001. In 2006,?Ruf?curated the third edition of the Tate Triennial in London, and she was Co-Curator of the Yokohama Triennial in 2008. From 1995 to 2014,?Ruf?was the curator of the Ringier Collection and she has been a member of the think tank Core group of LUMA Foundation in Arles since 2010. Since 2010, she has also been involved in the Estate of the artist Mark Morrisroe, which is placed at Fotomuseum Winterthur as a permanent deposit. In 2013,?Ruf?co-founded POOL, a postgraduate curatorial program in Zürich.? Ruf?is a member of several Advisory and Programme Committees:?the Istanbul Modern, Garage Moskow, MAXXI, Rome, the Samdani Foundation, Bangladesh, the Acquisition Committee of?La Caixa, Barcelona and the?Scientific Committee, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Turin, amongst others. She?serves frequently as a jury member and has curated exhibitions, written essays and published catalogues on numerous artists.?


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