Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:08

Beatriz Herráez will head Artium, Basque Center-Museum of Contemporary Art.

Art historian and curator, she has developed different projects at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Tabakalera in San Sebastian and Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao

Being an art historian and a curator, Beatriz Herráez was a member of the Collections Department of Reina Sofía Museum, in Madrid, between 2012 and 2016. From 2007 to 2011, she was the chief curator of Montehermoso Kulturgunea Center in Vitoria-Gasteiz. She has also worked in MNCARS as the co-curator of two exhibitions: Ficciones y Territorios. Nuevas razones para pensar el mundo (Fictions and Territories, new reasons to think about the world) 2016-2017, and Mínima Resistencia. Entre el tardomodernismo y la globalización: prácticas artísticas en las décadas de los 80 y los 90 (Minimal Resistance. From late modernism to globalization: artistic practices of the 80s’ and 90s’) 2013-2014; and as the curator of the showing Erlea Maneros Zabala, 2016.

While she was working in Montehermoso, she curated individual exhibitions such as What I see. Susan Hiller (with Xabier Arakistain), 2011;  Implejidades. Juan Luis Moraza, 2009; as well as new productions by artists of the Arts and Research program. Among her exhibitions, we can also find Je, je… luna (Ha, ha… moon). María Luisa Fernández; Works produced between 1979 and 1997, AZ zentroa (Bilbao) and Marco (Vigo) 2015-2016; Soy el final de la reproducción (I am the end of the reproduction), Sculpture Center (Nueva York) and castillo/corrales (París), 2007-2008; or El segundo nombre de las cosas (The second name of things). Néstor Sanmiguel Diest, Musac (León) 2007.

The Artium Foundation’s Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Beatriz Herráez as the new director. Foundation president, Ramiro González, stated: “the project she designed for our center has clear priorities and a clear focus. It emphasizes her commitment to Artium as the fundamental axis of Basque cultural politics, as well as her aspirations for the Basque museum to become internationally consolidated.  Moreover, her view of the collection highlights social diversity, reflecting the plurality of the audience to which the museum is addressed. Herráez’s chronological perspective prioritizes those Basque creations that were produced from the 60s’ and during the 20th century. Her Project contemplates an international dimension with which she has a deep relationship, a dimension that considers local artistic production along with an international context”.

For her part, Beatriz Herráez mentioned that her project focuses on the concept of mediation; indeed, every museum “should provide citizens with those tools required for the enjoyment and understanding of contemporary art; and it should open new spaces for debate and discussion through contemporary art practices”. Regarding her career, she pointed out her work with historic materials and collections, the creation of new narratives, and the production of artistic and editorial works. Herráez concluded by wishing her baggage “to crystalize in Artium, becoming the pushing power of the project

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