After 10 years*, co-founding director Maxine Kopsa will be leaving Kunstverein. But in good hands: Yana Foqué will be taking over as director and Kunstverein is seeking a new associate curator, to begin in September 2019. Kopsa: ‘It’s time to pass on the baton. I am extremely proud and satisfied with the work done thus far and excited to see a new generation take on the next ten years. Kunstverein fulfills a crucial part in the cultural landscape of the city and has built up a solid network internationally. In these difficult times, I believe Kunstverein’s role as cultural generator for reflection and conversation on an intimate yet global level can only expand.’
*Kunstverein was founded in 2009 by Maxine Kopsa and Krist Gruijthuijsen.
New position of Associate Curator to begin in September 2019
Deadline for application: April 30
Position: Associate Curator
Kunstverein (Amsterdam) is seeking an Associate Curator who will be responsible for two of the four main projects taking place annually. We are looking for a candidate who has affinity with our mission and our program, is a critical thinker, a keen problem-solver and capable of working independently as well as being part of our team.
The associate curator will be making a substantial contribution to the overall program of Kunstverein, with projects that are free in form and can vary from a series of events, to an exhibition or focus on a publication.
The candidate should have a relevant degree or equivalent experience in an equal position. A minimum of 2 years experience in arts administration, programming or a related field is a basic requirement. Our ideal candidate would possess a broad knowledge of activities in contemporary art and related fields on a global level, as well as maintain an extensive global professional network. They would have excellent communication skills, written and oral, as well as exceptional attention to detail, including proofreading and editing capabilities.
We want to underline that you do not need to be based in the Netherlands to apply, nor does the chosen candidate need to relocate to the Netherlands.
As Associate Curator you would:
1. In close dialogue with the director, coordinate exhibitions/publications/events related to your annual projects. Including: conducting research, reaching out to the artist(s), acquiring permissions, coordinating the preparation of contracts and loan agreements.
2. Hold a bimonthly (skype) meeting with the director and assistant curator to maintain an inspiring level of exchange and feedback.
3. Track and report on program expenditures and budget; you are in charge of additional funding applications specific to your projects.
4. Oversee exhibition planning and production; ensure set up by working with appropriate staff, coordinating artwork traffic including shipping and insurance.
5. Be in charge of press and communication. This includes writing press releases, and reaching out to appropriate media channels for coverage, overseeing promotional material, newsletter and label copy, deliberating signage and campaign with our graphic designer, organising documentation, etc.
6. Maintain a broad and current knowledge of activities in contemporary art and related fields on a global level; as well as an extensive global professional network.
We offer a per project fee that would be paid out on a quarterly basis. Details to be discussed during the interview.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of motivation, with a short description of at least one potential project; a curriculum vitae; and two references (including contact information) by APRIL 30, 2019.
Applications from candidates from all over the world are welcomed and encouraged. The Associate Curator will be selected by a committee consisting of Maxine Kopsa, Riet Wijnen and Yana Foqué and invited for an interview on MAY 18. The job would begin September 1, 2019.
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with as subject line: ASSOCIATE CURATOR + YOUR NAME
We look forward to hearing from you,