Charles Esche (participants at the Red Discussion 2)

Charles Esche, Painted by Nada Prlja


Charles Esche, one of the 6 participants at the Performative Artwork Red Discussion 2 by Nada Prlja, part of the inauguration of The National Pavilion of Republic of North Macedonia.

Charles Esche is a Professor at the University of the Arts London, a museum director, a curator and a researcher. He has a BA in Mediaeval Studies and an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies from The University of Manchester. He is the director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands since 2004 and the co-director and founder with Mark Lewis of Afterall Research Centre in Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London since 1998.

LR_North_Macedonia_Nada_Prlja_VB2019_1_Red Discussion II_07_ph Raul Betti

LR_North_Macedonia_Nada_Prlja_VB2019_1_Red Discussion II_04_photo Ana Lazarevska
All images from the Performative Artwork Red Discussion 2 by Nada Prlja, May, 2019. La Biennale di Venezia 2019

Esche has curated a large variety of international large-scale and museum exhibitions. His most recent projects include, Le Musée Égaré in Kunsthall Oslo (2017), Power and Other Things in Bozar Brussels together with Riksa Afiaty (2017) and the NSK State Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017). Other large-scale shows include the Jakarta Biennale (2015); the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal (2014), with a team of seven; the U3 Triennale, Ljubljana, with Zdenka Badovinac (2011); the RIWAQ Biennale, Palestine, with Reem Fadda (2007 and 2009); the Istanbul Biennale with Vasif Kortun (2005); the Gwangju Biennale with Hou Hanru (2002); among many others. 

Esche is a lecturer on the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins and a guest lecturer on various other academic programs including De Appel Curatorial Course in Amsterdam, the Design Academy Eindhoven in Eindhoven and at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He is a board member of Sonsbeek International and chair of CASCO—Office for Art, Design, and Theory in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

In 2012 he was awarded the Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Change by the European Cultural Foundation. In 2013 he obtained the Minumum Prize by the Pistoletto Foundation, and in 2014 he was awarded the CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.

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