Adam Szymczyk

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Adam Szymczyk (born 1970)[1] is a Polish art critic and curator. He is the artistic director of Documenta 14 [2] in 2017 in Kassel and was director and chief curator at Kunsthalle Basel from 2003 until 2014.

Adam Szymczyk in Zürich


Szymczyk studied art history at Warsaw University. In the 1990s he participated at the curatorial education of Amsterdam's art centre De Appel. In 1997 he co-founded Fundacja Galerii Foksal (Foksal Gallery Foundation) in Warsaw.[3] Since 2003 he has been the director of Kunsthalle Basel. In 2008 he was co-curator of the 5th Berlin Biennale.[4] Szymczyk, who the New York Times called a "superstar among curators" [5] was presented on November 22, 2013, as the artistic director of Documenta 14.[6]


  • 2011 – Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement der Menil Foundation[7]


  1. ^ "Adam Szymczyk Named 2011 Recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement" (PDF). The Menil Collection. 2010-12-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "dOCUMENTA 14 - info". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Biography: Adam Szymczyk". Frieze Foundation. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ "5. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst: When things cast no shadow". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Superstar Among Curators". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ Volk, Gregory (2013-11-22). "Adam Szymczyk Named Documenta 14 Artistic Director - News - Art in America". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Adam Szymczyk named 2011 Recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement". e-flux. 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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