Curator’s Perspective: Lars Bang Larsen

Lars Bang Larsen is the second guest in ICI’s new curatorial talk series wherein an international curator distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

An independent curator and writer based in Barcelona, Lars Bang Larsen is known for his seminal writing on the new generation of artists that emerged from Scandinavia in the 1990s, and subsequently his exhibitions and books that offer a fresh approach to considering artists’ engagement with social activism and counter cultures from the 1960s on. Born in Denmark, Bang Larsen has spent the last ten years predominantly looking into artists’ practice across Europe, the U.S and the Middle East. Recent exhibitions include Fundamentalisms of the New Order for the Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Populism, presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, CAC Vilnius and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam; The Echo Show for Tramway in Glasgow; and currently he is working on a show for Raven Row in London, entitled Art, Activism and the Archive. Bang Larsen is a regular contributor to Frieze, Afterall, and Artforum. In 1998 he was the co-curator for the inaugural Nordic Biennial, and in 2004 he was the curator of the Danish participation for the São Paulo Biennial.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited.

This event, and all of our Fall 2009 The Curator’s Perspective talks, were made possible by the generous support of Leila and Mickey Straus.

October 22, 2009

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Lars Bang Larsen

Lars Bang Larsen is an art historian, independent curator, and writer based in Barcelona and Copenhagen. He has co-curated group exhibitions such as Pyramids of Mars at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2000), Populism at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005), La insurrección invisible de un millón de mentes at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain (2005), and A History of Irritated Material at Raven Row, London (2010). His publications include Sture Johannesson (NIFCA/Lukas & Sternberg, 2002), a monograph about Palle Nielsen’s utopian adventure playgrounds, The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society, 1968 (MACBA, 2010), and the essay series Kunst er Norm (Art Is Norm) (Aarhus, Denmark: Jutland Art Academy).

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