Public Lecture by Dr. Lars Nittve - HKU SPACE
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Public Lecture by Dr. Lars Nittve


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02Mar 2012 (Fri)19:00 - 21:00
Room 206, 2/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, HK
Admission Free
Dr. Lars Nittve

Dr. Lars Nittve

Executive Director of M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, HKSAR studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and received M.A. at Stockholm University where he served as lecturer in art history from 1978-85. The same period he was Senior Art Critic at the daily Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, and contributed regularly to Artforum magazine, New York. In 1986 Nittve was appointed Chief curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, where he curated a large number of high profile exhibitions, among them Walter De Maria, Kandinsky in Sweden, Hilma af Klint and the seminal Implosion – a Postmodern Perspective. 1990-95 he served as founding Director of Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art - in Malmö, Sweden. In July 1995, Nittve became Director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, where he also curated the groundbreaking exhibition Sunshine & Noir – Art in L.A. 1960-1997. In the spring of 1998, he was named the first Director of Tate Modern, London, which opened in May 2000 to great acclaim. In 2001, he took up his post as Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm where he also, in 2004 co-curated the thematic exhibition Fashination about the dialogue between art and fashion in the last ten years. Later exhibitions include Time and Place: Los Angeles 1957-1968 (2008); Antony McCall (2009) and most recently Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting (2010). During his time at the Moderna Museet, he had raised 70 million USD to strengthen the collections. His innovative achievement includes the creation of the Renzo Piano designed Pontus Hultén Study Gallery (opened in 2008) and The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc. and the Moderna Museet Malmö(opened in 2009). Lars Nittve has served on the jury of numerous international prizes and been on the board of large number of international art organizations. He is the author of several books on art, as well as articles in journals and catalogues in Sweden and abroad. In 2009 he was awarded a Ph.D. H.C by Umea University, Sweden, where he also since 2010 is Professor in Art History. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Art and was in 2010 awarded H.M. The King’s Medal in gold, 12th size in the Order of the Serafim’s ribbon. In the end of 2010 Lars Nittve left his post as Director of the Moderna Museet after having served the maximum length of nine years anyone is permitted to hold the post. Since January 2011 he is the Executive Director of M+, the future innovative museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon District in Hong Kong.

Lars Nittve Executive Director, M+ West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong The lecture is jointly presented by the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA), HKU SPACE and the University of Sydney which is offering a Master / Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies programme via HKU SPACE. 

This lecture is opened to the public.