Stefan Kalmár appointed Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London

Monday, September 19, 2016
Stefan Kalmár appointed Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London

Stefan Kalmár has been appointed Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Stefan joins the ICA at an exciting time for the organisation, as it enters the next decade of its 70-year history. He will take up his new role in November 2016, and succeeds Gregor Muir, who joins Tate as Director of Collection, International Art in January 2017.

Stefan Kalmár appointed Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London

Stefan Kalmár has been appointed Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Stefan joins the ICA at an exciting time for the organisation, as it enters the next decade of its 70-year history. He will take up his new role in November 2016, and succeeds Gregor Muir, who joins Tate as Director of Collection, International Art in January 2017. 

Stefan comes to the ICA from Artists Space, New York, where he has been Executive Director & Curator since 2009. Under his leadership Artists Space has become one of the most innovative contemporary arts organisations in New York, widely praised for the integrity and critical rigour of its programming. Exhibitions during his tenure supported and introduced artists at decisive moments, including: Marc Camille Chaimowicz (2009), Danh Vō  (2010), Charlotte Posenenske (2010), Duncan Campbell (2012), Bernadette Corporation (2012), Sam Pulitzer (2014), Hito Steyerl (2015), Laura Poitras (2015), Cameron Rowland (2016) and Lukas Duwenhögger (2016).

 Stefan Kalmár said: "I'm honoured to be joining the ICA, and am looking forward to shaping the Institute's future. There really is no other organisation like the ICA - indeed it is the birthplace of all ICA's. 70 years ago its founders had the simple yet powerful vision of an organisation in which different modes of cultural production could thrive on their engagement with each other. Historically, the ICA has always critically reflected on the role that contemporary art and culture play within the larger socio-economic conditions of their times. Facing today's complex local and global challenges, the ICA's outspoken voice is needed more than ever, and by placing artists and ideas at the heart of all our programming decisions, I believe the ICA has all the tools to be that unique, utopian model - simply one of the most progressive organisations for the 21st Century!"

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