TBA21 is searching to fill the position of Assistant Curator for exhibitions, research and collection development

Founded in Vienna in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s dedication to the arts. After ten years of collecting, commissioning projects and engaged exhibition practice, TBA21 has established a well-respected collection of more than 500 contemporary artworks in the field of new media including film, video, light, sound and mixed media installations, sculpture, painting, photography and performance, and successfully co-commissioned about 50 projects ranging from multi-media installations, to sound compositions and contemporary architecture.
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In May 2012, TBA21 opened a new public exhibition venue in the Augarten Park in Vienna. Dedicated to the presentation of one-person shows, at times in dialogical constellations, TBA21 Augarten permits the foundation to further explore its collection through the prism of an exhibition. Committed to supporting the production of contemporary art TBA21 is actively engaged in commissioning and disseminating unconventional projects that defy traditional disciplinary categorizations. The foundation sustains a far-reaching regional and international orientation, has an ongoing institutional commitment to the growing importance of art made in different parts of the world and explores modes of presentation that are intended to provoke and broaden the way viewers perceive and experience art.

TBA21 is searching to fill the position of
Assistant Curator For Exhibitions, Research and Collection development .Main Activities/Responsibilities .Exhibition and displays
Within the framework of the TBA21 exhibition program, you will
• Assist in the curatorial process in preparing exhibitions
• Contribute to the installation of the exhibitions and displays program
• Write accessible gallery wall texts and captions.
• Write informative and scholarly texts for exhibition catalogues; edit exhibition catalogues.
• Work with designers in the preparation of invitations, folders, and publications
• Work with PR department in the preparation of press releases, facebook entries and other social media postings
• Lead tours and presentations of displays and exhibitions.
• Prepare seminars, educational events and other scholarly types of events
• Prepare performances, lectures and music events Administration and management
To assist with the administrative realization of the program, you will:
• Act as project manager for specific projects.
• Supervise interns or volunteers when required.
• Participate in the preparation of budget, keep budget files and updates for projects
• Take on administration-related tasks and projects, when required

Within the framework of the acquisition and commissioning strategy endorsed by the Chairperson and the Chief Curator you will:
• Research and develop acquisitions and commissions, and contribute generally to the work of the team of curators/collection manager that focuses on acquisitions and commissions.
• Maintain and develop an appropriate network of contacts among artists, galleries, critics, scholars
• Write informed and accurate texts about acquisition and commissioning proposals

Person Specification
• A relevant degree and post-graduate degree in the history of art, curatorial praxis, philosophy, post-colonial studies, or a related field.
• Substantial and relevant work experience in an art gallery, museum, or with a collection.
• Extensive experience of the processes involved in staging exhibitions and displays, including managing budgets.
• Demonstrable knowledge of and practical involvement in contemporary international art.
• Track record of publications.
• An established network of contacts in the field
• Awareness of issues of equality and cultural diversity as they affect the work of a very diversified foundation.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to team working; the ability to work on many related issues at the same time
• Demonstrable excellence in verbal communication and presentation in English and excellent writing skills in English, including the capacity to write texts for a specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public.
• Excellent organization, planning and administrative skills, with ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple activities to meet deadlines on time and to budget.
• First-class research skills.
• Computer literacy – able to use IT applications to support own workload.
• Ability and willingness to travel and to attend out of hours functions, as required, to meet TBA21’s objectives.
• Knowledge of TBA21 Collection.
• excellent German and English language skills

Salary: EUR 3.500,00 gross per month for 40 hours per week
Deadline:  22  March  2013
More information: www.tb-cms.org


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