Acute Art Announces Daniel Birnbaum as New Director

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Acute Art Announces Daniel Birnbaum as New Director

Acute Art is delighted to announce that Daniel Birnbaum will be joining its growing team as Director. Birnbaum, who currently holds the position of Director at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, will move to London where the company is based, and take up his position at the end of the year.

Acute Art is delighted to announce that Daniel Birnbaum will be joining its growing team as Director. Birnbaum, who currently holds the position of Director at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, will move to London where the company is based, and take up his position at the end of the year.

Having launched in 2017, Acute Art has built its reputation on producing virtual reality and augmented reality artworks for artists including Marina Abramović, Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons and Christo. Along with Daniel’s appointment, today marks the launch of Acute Art’s mobile free app, committing to making original digital artworks accessible to everyone. To access the free Acute Art app, download it directly through the App Store or Google Play. 

Alongside its role as a producer of digital artworks, Acute Art is also a research hub and curatorial laboratory, committed to giving artists access to the most cutting-edge technologies, and exploring new ways to reach audiences with digital art.

In this newly created role, Birnbaum will focus on identifying opportunities to continue bringing digital artwork to the public, both within an institutional framework and online through a curated offer on Acute Art’s website and app. He will deepen the company’s ongoing commitment to realising artistic vision in digital mediums, by collaborating with and commissioning artists, directing the company’s exhibiting programme and establishing and leading the expert research hub, focussed on the use of future technologies in artistic practice.

Daniel Birnbaum is a philosopher, critic, and curator known for his playful and experimental curation, stretching the boundaries of what a museum does and putting artists and their ideas first. Birnbaum has been the Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, since 2010. He was previously the Director of the Städelschule, Frankfurt, Europe’s most experimental art academy whose recent graduates have included Tomás Saraceno, Danh Vo and Anne Imhof. He was Artistic Director of the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 for which he received significant acclaim for introducing new artists and revisiting previously overlooked artists, such as Lygia Pape and the Gutai Group. He curated the first and second Moscow Biennial in 2005 and 2007, the Yokohama Triennial in 2008, judged the Turner Prize in 2008 and has been a contributing Editor of Artforum since 1998. 

Recently, Daniel co-edited More than Real, Art in the Digital Age as a companion to the Verbier Art Summit, featuring contributors including artists Ed Atkins, Douglas Coupland and Olafur Eliasson on the intersection of art and technology. Birnbaum is also collaborating with the online journal e-flux Architecture for Are Friends Electric?, considering the possibilities of VR, AR and other technologies in the arts.

"I have had the great privilege to lead one of the best art schools, an exemplary museum of modern art and the most legendary of biennials. It is therefore a good moment to leave the old institutional world and move into an unknown territory. Acute Art is a new kind of institution and is fast-becoming a leader in the field of art and technology. This move marks an adventure, a journey in to the future. There is a voracious appetite for technology in the arts and I am curious to see what artists will do with these visual technologies. I am also excited by the opportunity for creative exchange with those that I have worked with in more traditional settings. In some ways, this move brings me back to what I find most exciting - closely collaborating with artists."

Daniel Birnbaum
in-coming Director, Acute Art

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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