Elena Filipovic & Katleen Van Langendonck

Performance Art in Museums

Performance Art in Museums
Performance Art in Museums


Performance past and present

If you would like to learn more about performance art before you venture into the Performatik festival, you can take our four-part course entitled What is Performance Art? On the usefulness or pointlessness of the collective term ‘performance’. On performance past and present, in art and the performing arts. In each part we examine performance from a different angle, after which you will watch a performance (in a theatre or museum) that touches on the theme. On each occasion Katleen Van Langendonck, Kaaitheater’s programmer and the curator of Performatik, and a different specialist will guide you through the performance art landscape in words and images.

With Elena Filipovic, director Kunsthalle Basel
Fr 13/03, 18:00>20:00 Kaaistudio's
20:30 - Preview Performatik 2015

Elena Filipovic

Elena Filipovic is currently director of Kunsthalle Basel. She was Senior curator at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels from 2009-2014, where she curated such projects involving performance as the group show The Other Tradition (2010) and the forthcoming Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid (2015).

She co-curated the 5th Berlin Biennial (2008) with Adam Szymczyk, including its ambitious performance program, and co-edited The Biennial Reader: Anthology on Large-Scale Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art (2010), with Marieke van Hal and Solveig Øvstebø. She has curated a number of traveling retrospectives, including Mark Leckey: Lending Enchantment to Vulgar Materials (2014), Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Decides (2014), Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972, co-curated with Joanna Mytkowska (2011–2012), Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Specific Objects without Specific Form (2010–2011), and Marcel Duchamp: A Work that is not a Work “of Art” (2008–2009), in addition to organizing solo exhibitions with emerging artists such as Petrit Halilaj, Leigh Ledare, Klara Lidén, Lorna Macintyre, Melvin Moti, Tomo Savic-Gecan, and Tris Vonna-Michell.

She has, since 2007, been tutor of theory/exhibition history at De Appel postgraduate curatorial training program and advisor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her writings have appeared in numerous artists’ catalogues as well as in Afterall, Artforum, frieze, Kaleidoscope, and Mousse.