As part of the "Theories and practices of cultural leadership" lecture series, Lewis Biggs will speak in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
He will elaborate on his work on big projects like the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art and Tate Liverpool, show how art can interact with urban planning and how various art practices can be useful for the development of public spaces.
The acclaimed curator will share his experience of launching a biennial of contemporary art, curating Folkstone Triennial, and opening Tate Liverpool, as well as planning programs for Liverpool in 2008, when the city was designated the European Capital of Culture.
He will speak of the problems and challenges he had to face while working on each of the projects, comment on their effects on the cityscape and the image of the city, and discuss the role of art in the emergence of new public spaces and the phenomenon of cultural tourism.
13 February 2018, 7.30 pm, Garage Auditorium (Krymsky val, 9-4, Moscow)
14 February 2018, 7.30 pm, State Hermitage Youth Centre (Dvortsovaya square, 6/8, Saint-Petersburg)
About the speaker
Lewis Biggs is an independent curator, chairman of the Institute of Public Art and the International Award for Public Art. He is currently the curator of Folkstone Triennial and Land Art Mongolia Biennale. From 1990 to 2000 he was the director of Tate Liverpool. He founded the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in 1998 and was its director from 2000 to 2011. Biggs is a cultural consultant and distinguished professor at the University of Shanghai, and a jury member of International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC).