“Heading East”: New Institutional Models in Central and Eastern Europe
20 Mar 2014

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
1:30 - 5:30 pm
Entrance price to the museum + €2,50 cover charge

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Orientation trip 2013, courtesy of the Mondriaan Fund.
Orientation trip 2013, courtesy of the Mondriaan Fund.

The Stedelijk Museum, in close collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund, is proud to present the symposium Heading East, which showcases the work of eight artistic directors, curators, and theorists from Central and Eastern Europe. They will discuss the shifting landscape of the visual arts in their respective countries or cities, and how this shapes the institutional models with which they are working.

The contemporary art field in Central and Eastern Europe has undergone rapid changes, not only directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (and the subsequent rise of capitalism), but also more recently in the continuing expansion of the European Union and the massive protests in the Ukraine. Eight art professionals from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia will share their insights and experiences on how changing social and political structures inform and affect the art institutions where they have been working.


Rael Artel, director, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Maria Arusoo, director, Center for Contemporary Art Tallinn, Estonia
Juraj Carny, director, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia
Sebastian Cichocki, deputy director, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Poland
Lolita Jablonskiene, chief curator, National Gallery of Art Vilnius, Lithuania
Kestutis Kuizinas, director, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, Lithuania
Malgorzata Ludwisiakm, deputy director, Museum Sztuki Lodz, Poland


Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven)

The symposium is organized in collaboration with Juha van ‘t Zelfde (director, Lighthouse, Brighton, United Kingdom), following the research trip of the Mondriaan Fund in 2013.

The speakers will be visiting the Netherlands on March 17-21, as part of the Mondriaan Fund's visitors program.