Daniel Birnbaum

Director of London’s Acute Art

Daniel Birnbaum is director of London’s Acute Art, a laboratory exploring art and technology. He is professor of philosophy at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and the author of numerous books on art and philosophy. From 2000 to 2010 he was rector of the Städelschule in Frankfurt and director of its Portikus gallery. He has been a member of the board of directors of Frankfurt’s Institut für Sozialforschung as well as of Nobel Media, which organizes all events and productions surrounding the Nobel prizes. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He was co-curator of the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the 1st Moscow Biennial (2005), Airs de Paris (with Christine Macel) at the Centre Pompidou (2007), and the 2nd Yokohama Triennial (2008). He organized 50 Moons of Saturn in Torino (2008), and Zero (with Tijs Visser) at Martin Gropius Bau (2015). In 2009 he was director of the 53rd Venice Biennial. He is a contributing editor to Artforum. Among his most recent projects are the VR exhibition Electric (Frieze New York, 2019) and the AR exhibitions Mirage (2020) at Beijing’s UCCA and The Looking Glass (with Emma Enderby) at New York’s The Shed and High Line (2021).

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