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Adam Szymczyk

The Trade Halls of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1UH

28 May 2009

As part of the ‘Detours’ series, The Common Guild presented Adam Szymczyk, Director of Kunsthalle Basel.

The 'Detours' series presents diverse views from elsewhere by leading curators, critics and museum directors. Speakers explore the connection between practice and context: looking at how different institutions and professional, curatorial practices have taken shape in relation to specific places or situations.

Since 2003, Adam Szymczyk has been the Director of Kunsthalle Basel, where he has organized exhibitions including Rosalind Nashashibi: Over In, 2004; Carl Andre: Black Holes, 2005; Tomma Abts, 2005; Lee Lozano: Win First Don’t Last Win Last Don’t Care, 2006; Goshka Macuga: I Am Become Death, 2009 and, most recently Lucy Skaer A Boat Used as A Vessel. In 1997 he was involved in setting up the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw and continued to work there until 2002. In 2008 he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art under the title ‘When Things Cast No Shadow’.

The Trades Hall of Glasgow was designed by Robert Adam in 1791 — 94. The medieval cathedral aside, it is the building is the oldest in Glasgow still in regular use for its original purpose.

This event was a collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art.