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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DISPLAY: HOW TO MAKE AN EXHIBITION STARTING FROM A COLLECTION
27 OCT 2016
With Caroline Bourgeois, senior curator of the Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi.

Caroline Bourgeois will talk about her work as curator of the renowned private contemporary art collection belonging to François Pinault and its visibility for an ever-growing public with ground-breaking exhibitions at the Palazzo Grassi on Venice’s Grand Canal, and the Punto della Dogana, the purpose-built museum designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Tadao Ando.

The conference will be french with portuguese translation.

Capacity: 80
Access: 3€ (Members of Amigos de Serralves, students and seniors over 65: 50% discount)


Born in Switzerland in 1959, Caroline Bourgeois graduated in Psychoanalysis at Paris University in 1984. She was director of the Eric Franck Gallery in Switzerland from 1988 to 1993 and co-director of the Jennifer Flay Gallery from 1995 to 1997.
From 1998 to 2001, she worked on contemporary art installations in tube stations in Paris with a number of artists, including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. In 1998 she was appointed to be in charge of the video section of François Pinault’s collection. In this context she gave the collection broad horizons that enable to trace the history of the moving image through art installations.
In 2001, with the Pinault Collection, she worked on the production team of Pierre Huyghe’s artworks for the Biennale’s French pavilion. She has also worked on a number of independent projects, among which: the video program "Plus qu’une image” for the first edition of the Nuit Blanche in Paris (2002); the exhibition "Survivre à l’Apartheid” at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie during the Paris photography month on the theme Emergences Résistances Résurgences (2002); the production of the video collection "Point of view: an Anthology of the Moving image”, in collaboration with the New Museum of Contemporary Art (2003) and "Valie Export – an Overview”, a travelling exhibition co-organized with the Centre National de la Photographie (CNP) of Paris (2003-2004).
From 2004 to 2008 she was Artistic Director of the Plateau, a contemporary art centre in Paris, where she curated several exhibitions: "Ralentir Vite”, "Joan Jonas”, "Loris Gréaud”, "Diaz & Riedweg”, "Jean-Michel Sannejouand”, "Archipeinture”, "En Voyage”, "Adel Abdessemed”, "Société Anonyme”, "Nicole Eisenman”, "Dr Curlet reçoit Jos de Gruyter et Harald Thys”, "l’Argent”, "Cao Fei”, "Melik Ohanian”.
She has been curating exhibitions of the Pinault Collection since 2007: "Passage du temps” (2007) at Lille’s Tripostal, "Un certain état du monde” (2009) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, "Qui a peur des artistes?” (2009) in Dinard, "À triple tour” (2013) at the Conciergerie in Paris.
In Venice she has curated "In Praise of Doubt” (2011-2013), "Prima Materia” (2013-2014) with Michael Govan, and "Slip of the Tongue” (2015) in collaboration with Danh Vo, Accrochage, at Punta della Dogana, and "The World Belongs to You” (2011), "Madame Fisscher” (2012), "Voice of Images” (2012-2013), "The Illusion of Light” (2014-2015) and "Martial Raysse” (2015) at Palazzo Grassi.




The Pinault Collection comprises more than 5,000 works from the late 1950s to the present. It encompasses mediums of photography, film and video, drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • LocationLibrary
  • Schedule18h30 - 20h30
  • Days27 OCT 2016
  • Price€ 3,00

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