Chus Martínez
That Art Exhibits | Execute The Few Hundred Sensual and Sentimental Motions That Define Your Limits
13 OCTOBER 2016 AT 7 PM

In the framework of the European Artistic Network conference of this year entitled That Art Exhibits, Villa Empain – Boghossian Foundation will host the evening keynote lecture of Chus Martìnez titled: Execute The Few Hundred Sensual and Sentimental Motions That Define Your Limits. Or the tale of a museum invented by an artist, a rainforest as its museologist and a duck as its best viewer.
For decades artists have understood that the way to regain an understanding about form demands losing it completely. One of the very first examples of the radical metamorphosis of an artwork into a museum was provided by Rafael Montañes Ortiz. Ortiz, an artists and a thinker, and a school teacher at the time of the invention of El Museo del Barrio in the late sixties, produced one of the wildest forms of imagination by transforming an artwork into an art institution and then wanting to turn the institution into a rainforest. 
In this talk Chus Martínez addresses this an other examples of hylomorphism as ways of renewing and challenging our imagination of the „museum“ and of generating a space that could defy our historical ideas of culture and turn to nature in order to be able to address race and gender questions beyond our Western inherited notion of aesthetic experience.


Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal among others; and a series of group exhibitions including Pensée Sauvage and The Great Game To Come. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers, and curators.
While at MACBA Martínez curated the Thomas Bayrle retrospective, an Otolith Group monographic show, and an exhibition devoted to television, Are you ready for TV? In 2008, Martínez was the curator of the Deimantas Narkevicius retrospective exhibition, The Unanimous Life, at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, which traveled to major European museums. Martínez lectures and writes regularly including numerous catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international art journals.



Centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
1050 Brussels

The conference will be given in French

Price: 12€
7€ for members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for students

T. +32 2 627 52 30