Helga Just Christoffersen appointed Executive Director of Art Hub Copenhagen

The first of July Helga Just Christoffersen joins Art Hub Copenhagen as Executive director. Coming from the New Museum in New York, in her new role Christoffersen will set the direction for the international Centre of artistic research, development and production currently being realized in Copenhagen.

In January 2019 Art Hub Copenhagen moved into a temporary location in the Meatpacking district in Copenhagen and began organizing programs with both national and international partners. Since then several activities such as selecting artists for studio spaces in the hub and residencies abroad alongside planning to host the first international transdisciplinary meeting in Copenhagen. The board likewise started the search for an executive director with the insight and experience needed to establish the international center for contemporary art. With more than ten years of international experience Helga Just Christoffersen has an in-depth knowledge about contemporary artistic practices and how the global institutional landscape is developing.

Chairman of the board Tine Fischer says about the choice of Helga Just Christoffersen: “With Helga Just Christoffersen we have appointed a director with extensive knowledge in the field of contemporary art and wide international experience coming from one of the leading international institutions in the world. Furthermore, Christoffersen has the vital ambition to create a radical, innovative and international hub for the arts, situated in Copenhagen, working with Danish and international contemporary art.”

A new institution for contemporary Danish and international art.

Art Hub Copenhagen will amongst others facilitate the practice of professional artists through an engaged dialogue with the surrounding world and establish activities based on partnerships with international partners within both art and other disciplines. With Art Hub Copenhagen Helga Just Christoffersen sees the opportunity to create an international center for contemporary art in Copenhagen:

”I have followed the development of Art Hub Copenhagen with great interest and look forward to returning to Denmark to lead this new international art institution in Copenhagen. I am excited to contribute to a strong and growing art scene, to invest in artists’ process and work and to create an innovative institution for Danish and international contemporary art, characterized by creative generosity, disciplinary openness and visionary drive that can foster sustained dialogue among a global network of partners.”

Helga Just Christoffersen has a strong knowledge of both Danish and International art. She organized the Danish Pavilion at the 54. Venice Biennale in 2011 and worked as Assistant Curator alongside New Museum Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni on the main exhibition at the 55. Venice Biennale in 2013. Through the last five and a half year as a curator at the New Museum she has curated many international acclaimed exhibitions and amongst others focused on exhibitions with a younger generation of artists.

Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum says:

“At the New Museum Helga has curated an impressive series of exhibitions, so we expect nothing but the best from her. She will be an extraordinary force at Art Hub Copenhagen.”

Helga Just Christoffersen will start in her new position the first of July 2019, where she moves back to Copenhagen after she has been living in New York for the past ten years.

 

Selected from Helga Just Christoffersens CV

Helga Just Christoffersen (b. 1983), Art historian and Curator educated at University of Copenhagen and Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.

In 2020 she finishes her Ph.D. from University of Aarhus in collaboration with Kunsthal Aarhus.

2019 Associate Faculty MA in Curating, Aarhus University, Denmark

2018 Visiting Faculty, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York

2013-2019 Associate Curator, New Museum, New York (where she has curated and co-curated exhibitions with several international contemporary artists such as: Leonor Antunes, Thomas Bayrle, Adelita Husni Bey, Nicole Eisenman, Petrit Halilaj, David Horvitz, Helene Nymann, Eva Papamargariti, Alexandra Pirici, Carol Rama, Cheng Ran, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Pipilotti Rist, Hannah Sawtell, Marianna Simnett, Cally Spooner, Nari Ward, and group exhibitions ”The Keeper”, ”The Equilibrists”, the third New Museum Triennial “Surround Audience” and “Here and Elsewhere”.

2017-2019 – Curator of Chart Emerging.

2013 – Assisting Curator of the main exhibition “The Encyclopedic Palace” at the 55. Venice Biennale

2012 – Winner of the Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open

2011 – Coordinator for the Danish Pavilion at the 54. Venice Biennale

 

Press contact

Organizational Advisor and Coordinator Susanne Hviid, sh@arthubcopenhagen.dk, Phone +45 3154 3606