"I am busy looking at the terms in which art museums and other art institutions can function within a city and with particular communities. The question in general is: what is the point of a city art museum in the twenty-first century? It includes questions about global cultural exchanges, local communities, public identities, singularity and the public sphere."
Charles Esche: www.bio_saintmartins.com
Charles Esche was appointed Director of Van Abbemuseum, (August 2004). Under his supervision, the museum won the Incentive Prize for Cultural Diversity (2006) of the Mondriaan Foundation, with the plan Be(com)ing Dutch in the Age of Global Democracy. He is the curator for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. Esche has also co-curated a number of large-scale international exhibitions including: the Gwangju Biennale Korea (2002); Intelligence-New British Art, Tate Gallery, London and Amateur- Variable Research Initiatives, Konstmuseum and Konsthall, Göteborg (2000). Previously Charles Esche has been Director of the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (2000-4) and was Director of visual arts for Tramway, Glasgow (1993-1997). He is co-founder of the journal Afterall now published in London and Los Angeles and has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines including: Artur Zmijewski, Venice Biennale (2005); Collective Creativity, Fredericianum, Kassel; What is To be Done, Saint Petersburg, Claudia and Julia Müller (Kunstmuseum Thun); Olaf Nicolai (Kunsthalle Wolfsburg); Berlin Biennale (2001) and Superflex (Walther König). An anthology of Esche's writings have also been published, (Baglam Press, Istanbul, 2005).