Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido – Mexico, July 2016
The think tank Media in the Expanded Field is an example of the sustained research and development that underpins our activities. It represented the second stage of a project initiated in February 2015, which took the form of roundtable on the uses of technology in contemporary art. As a result, a brief text was compiled to reach out to a broad audience of professionals from different countries and institutions, establishing the basis for the development of the think tank. Media in the Expanded Field took place at Fundación Casa Wabi, Mexico, in July 2016, gathering an international group of artists, curators and academics who were invited to expand and deepen the discussion on the impact of technology on art institutions.
Stills Centre for Photography – Edinburgh, Scotland (April – July 2016)
This exhibition was a collaboration with Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland. Established forty years ago, Stills has been a highly active and well regarded regional gallery that promotes the role of photography. The collaboration brought together important museum-quality works by seminal artists that critically expanded the remit of photography. In line with the foundation’s purpose to enhance the efficacy and understanding of art institutions, the project highlighted unexplored narratives in the work of Lewis Baltz – arguably one the most significant and influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. The display focused on three of Baltz’s most celebrated series of works and presented them alongside sculptures by artists Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske to emphasise the Baltz’s affinity to practices beyond photography. The exhibition was co-curated by Ben Harman, director of Stills, and Sébastien Montabonel.
ARCO LISBOA, Portugal (MAY 18, 2017)
Nicolas de Oliveira in a panel discussion over the current research project of the Foundation: ‘The publically-minded art institution’, with Luísa Santos, independent curator and Gulbenkian Professor, The Lisbon Consortium, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
City of Sheffield, UK (September – December 2015)
The foundation’s main objective, to encourage the expansion of networks between public and private sectors, originated from the project Going Public, which took place between September and December 2015 in Sheffield. Going Public consisted of a city-wide exhibition programme over four months, accompanied by a symposium on the question ‘How can Public Art Institutions Unlock the Potential of Philanthropy?’. Conceived by curators-at-large Sébastien Montabonel and Mark Doyle, led by Museums Sheffield and supported by the Ministry of Culture, the project assembled the works of four renowned international collections that were displayed in numerous venues across the city. Going Public was a resounding success that presented a convincing argument for the collaboration of the public and private philanthropy. Endorsed by Minister of Culture Ed Vaizey, the symposium featured in the first Cultural White Paper to be drafted since 1965 in the UK. A Report by independent writer Louisa Buck, was released to the public in July 2016.
NICC, Flanders Arts Institute, Belgium (April 19, 2017)
Nicolas de Oliveira was invited to take part in the international conference Artists’ Estates, A Legacy, organised by NICC, Flanders Arts Institute / Kunstenpunt, Estate Philippe Vandenberg and Art Brussels, in collaboration with Ghent University and BOZAR.
The conference focused on crucial legacy of visual artists for the cultural heritage of tomorrow, exploring the protocols and supportive and collaborative roles of artists’ heirs, archives, museums, universities and galleries.