Informal gathering in Paris, October 19, 2012
Annual IKT Congress in Madrid, April 19–21, 2013
IKT is the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. It is a members’ organisation that brings together curators from across the world to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional network. IKT was founded in 1973 and its early members included prominent curators such as Eberhard Roters, Eddy de Wilde and Harald Szeemann. Today it counts around 350 active members, working for institutions or independently, who constitute a unique forum of curatorial thinking and practice. Its aim is to stimulate and extend debate concerning curating, as well as to represent the interests of curators worldwide. IKT also offers its members the opportunity to find partners for the co-production of exhibitions, publications and other events.
IKT’s congresses provide a moment for reflection and in-depth discussion between colleagues. They are hosted at a different place each year and include a symposium, visits to institutions and artists’ studios, and various activities related to curatorial practice. The symposium explores a current topic related to curating and contemporary art. Congress participants can present their current projects during the Members’ Forum and take part in the General Assembly, in which IKT activities are discussed.
Recent congresses have taken place in Tel Aviv-Yafo (2012), Luxembourg (2011), Athens (2010), Helsinki/Tallin (2009), and Montreal (2008). Participation is reserved for IKT members, but we are always looking to expand the membership of IKT and welcome applications from all curators working in the non-profit field.
In 2013, the congress will take place in Madrid on 19–21 April. Madrid’s art scene has grown intensely over the past years and constitutes an important point of contact between Europe and Latin America. Furthermore, the city has gained international significance and developed a thriving alternative art scene through newly founded exhibition spaces. These aspects will play a pivotal role during the IKT congress in Madrid, whose symposium will explore the notion of value.
Between the yearly congresses, IKT members meet often to share ideas and develop projects. To foster this informal exchange, we have organized a sequence of get-togethers in recent months. Our next gathering will take place in Paris on Friday, 19 October 2012. We will meet at Le Café Beaubourg at 5.30pm. If you are already a member, or are interested in becoming one, please come along to meet the board and have a drink with us.
Benefits of IKT membership
- You will be welcome to attend the annual congress free of charge, with the chance to meet fellow curators from across the world and to learn about a different artistic context on each occasion.
- You will receive an annual membership card providing free entry to numerous contemporary art institutions.
You will be part of an international network of professionals, whose
- contact details you can access via the IKT members directory.
- You may propose your city/region as the host for future IKT congresses.
- You may vote for the representatives (Board members and President) of IKT every three years during the elections at the General Assembly.
To apply to become a member of IKT, please see our website or send us an email.
IKT is an independent members organization and receives no structural funding.
- Friedemann Malsch (President)
- Zoë Gray (Vice President)
- Stephen Foster (Treasurer)
- Kati Kivinen (Secretary)
- Miguel Amado
- Ferran Barenblit
- Chantal Pontbriand
IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art
c/o Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Städtle 32, P.O. Box 370
Contact: Johanna Schindler (IKT Assistant)
T +423 235 03 00
F +423 235 03 29