Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts

E-Mail wouter.davidts@ugent.be

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Chillida-Professur Sommersemester 2015

Wouter Davidts lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. He is Head of the Visual Arts Programme at Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design, Antwerp. He teaches at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University (UGent) and the Drama Department of the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. He will be the 2015 Chillada Visiting Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt.

From 2009 until 2012 he was Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at VU University in Amsterdam. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University, where he obtained a PhD on museum architecture in 2003. He was a British Academy research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London (2006), research fellow at the Research Group of Visual Arts, Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving|St Joost, Avans Hogeschool (2007-2008), and a visiting research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2008).

He is the author of Bouwen voor de kunst? Museumarchitectuur van Centre Pompidou tot Tate Modern (A&S/books, 2006) and has published on the museum, contemporary art and architecture in journals such as Afterall, Archis, De Witte Raaf, Footprint, Kritische Berichten, Metropolis M, OASE and Parachute, and in books and exhibition catalogues. His exhibition reviews have appeared a.o. in Artforum, Camera Austria, Sculpture and OPEN. A selection of his essays on art, architecture and the museum is forthcoming (Valiz, 2015). Currently he is working on a book-length project on size and scale in postwar art, entitled Larger than the Body.

He edited The Fall of the Studio: Artists at Work (Valiz, 2009; with Kim Paice), CRACK: Koen van den Broek (Valiz, 2010), and most recently, Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office: Orban Space (Valiz, 2012; with Guy Châtel & Stefaan Vervoort).

He curated Philippe Van Snick. Undisclosed Recipients at BK SM in Mechelen (2006; with Hilde Van Gelder), Beginners & Begetters at Extra City in Antwerp (2007), Abstract USA 1958–1968. In the Galleries at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede (2010), Alentour in the Gallery Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp (2012), Friends and Neighbors in the new studio space of Koen van den Broek (2013),  and Orban Space: Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office at Stroom Den Haag (2013; with Stefaan Vervoort) and Extra City Antwerp (2013; with Stefaan Vervoort). Together with Mihnea Mircan and Philip Metten he is currently compiling an exhibition entitled The Corner Show (Fall 2015, Extra City Antwerp).


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