The Istanbul Design Biennial has announced the curator for its 4th installment. Jan Boelen will take the reigns for the exhibition, which will be held in 2018. Boelen brings to the position extensive curatorial and artistic direction experience from current positions he holds in Belgium and France.
Boelen is the artistic director of Z33 House of Contemporary Art, in Hasselt, Belgium, as well as the artistic director of Atelier LUMA, “an experimental laboratory for design” in Arles, France. Along with those roles, Boelen serves on the advisory boards and committees for such institutions as the V&A Museum of Design and the Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands.
Z33’s mission is to showcase everyday design objects and contemporary art in unexpected and novel ways. The institution sits on lines separating design, art research, and exhibition. As part of his directorship at Z33, Boelen also curated the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2014.
The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will take place from September 22 through November 4, 2018. The announcement of Boelen as the curator is the first major news of the exhibition, with more information about the show’s conceptual framework expected to arrive in the fall of 2017. The 2016 edition of the exhibition was curated by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina and focused on design as a means of understanding what it means to be human.