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Fine Art Talks: Clementine Deliss

28 March 2017 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Dr Clémentine Deliss is an independent curator and cultural historian based in Berlin. She studied contemporary art in Vienna and social anthropology in London and Paris, and holds a PhD from the University of London on dissident Surrealism and experimental French anthropology in the 1920s. 

In 2016, Deliss was made Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg), and Senior Curator of IDeA Foundation in Armenia where she ran the Dilijan Arts Observatory. Between 2010 and 2015, she directed the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, where she established a new methodology for working with contested ethnographic collections and curated numerous exhibitions including El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics (2015). She was the originator and publisher of the international artists’ and writers’ organ Metronome (1996–2007), presented at documenta X and documenta 12. Between 2002 to 2009 she directed the international research lab Future Academy, with student cells in London, Edinburgh, Dakar, Mumbai, Bangalore, Melbourne, Tokyo and Yamaguchi. 

Deliss has held guest professorships at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and was Reader in Fine Art at the Edinburgh College of Art. She has been a consultant for the European Union, and is on the board of the Scientific Council of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. She is currently developing new research on future forms of museology for the Goethe Institute in South-East Asia, and co-curating the forthcoming exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin (Globale Resonanzen, opening March 2018).