Katerina Gregos is an art historian, museologist and curator. She is currently artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens. Her curatorial practice has consistently explored the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, economy, ecology, crisis and changing global production circuits. She has has curated numerous large-scale international exhibitions and biennials including, among others, the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (LV, 2018); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (GR, 2015); the Göteborg International Biennial (SE, 2013), Manifesta 9 (BE, 2012), the 4. Fotofestival Manheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg (DE, 2011).
She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavilions at the Venice Biennale: Croatia (2019), Belgium (2015) and Denmark (2011). She has also curated exhibitions for several institutions including, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Akademie der Kunst, Berlin; BOZAR, Brussels, the Kunsthalle Tallinn, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse. Since 2016 she is curator of visual arts for the Munich-based (non-profit) Schwarz Foundation.
Her most recent project Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies), was presented at the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE, 2020), Kunsthalle Tallinn (2021) and is now on view at the Centraal Museum, and IMPAKT Media Organisation, Utrecht (NL) until the beginning of 2022. Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and books, and has been visiting lecturer at WIELS, Brussels, ISCP, New York, HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent, Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht, among others. She has lectured and given talks widely internationally at universities as well as cultural institutions such as Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art Basel among many others.
Gregos has served as artistic director of Argos – Centre for Art & Media, Brussels and founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation’s Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens. She has also served on several boards including, more notably, the board of CIMAM. Currently she sits on the board of the Riga Biennial Foundation and the board of Argos – Centre for Art & Media, Brussels. She is also a member of CAAS, the Academic and Scientific Advisory Committee of the new KANAL Pompidou, scheduled to open in Brussels in 2023.
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