Christian Domínguez (CD) is an accomplished visual art professional with broad experience in curating and producing exhibitions in different regions of the world as well as an essay writer, poet, editor, film and performance script writer, researcher and amateur anthropologist.
He has lived in Madrid, Nice, Berlin, Mexico City, New York, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Rio de Janeiro and has traveled extensively across the globe inspired by his personal anthropological interest and due to numerous professional assignments.
One of the main key figures in his life has been the independent curator Harald Szeemann with who he closely collaborated for many years. Other important collaborative associations and influences include his work with, Professor Dore Ashton, publisher Benedikt Taschen, former secretary of state Miguel Angel Cortés and former director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía José Guirao, gallerist Juana Aizpuru as well as artists Jiri Dokoupil, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Joseph Kosuth, Miquel Barceló and Santiago Sierra.
During his engagement as an international visual arts expert by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs he traveled extensively on official missions to almost every Latin-America country on numerous assignments and occasions. Leading into his encounters with a strong network of prominent radical artists, collectors and museums, including: Antonio Dias, Vic Muniz, Beatriz Milhazes, Jose Damasceno and Ernesto Neto from Brazil, Tania Bruguera from Cuba, Santiago Sierra, Carlos Amorales and Teresa Margolles from Mexico, collectors Bernardo Paz and Gilberto de Chateaubriand from Brazil, Nina Zambrano (CEMEX/MARCO Monterrey) and Eugenio Lopez (JUMEX, Mexico City) from Mexico, curators/museum directors Marcelo Araujo (Pinacoteca do Estado Sao Paulo), Ivo Mesquita (Pinacoteca do Estado Sao Paulo), Thiago Gomide (Coleccion Bernardo Paz), Ricardo Ohtake (Instituto Tomie Ohtake) and Paulo Herkenhoff from Brazil, Cuauhtemoc Medina (Tate/Manifesta) and Ramiro Martínez (Museo Tamayo/Mueso Amparo de Puebla) from Mexico and briefly the president of MALBA Eduardo F. Costantini and his staff in Argentina.
During his work with the Spanish Ministry of culture CD was also assigned to visit and work in the Middle East and South East Asia. During this period he visited Iran, Turkey, Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Japan and the city of Hong Kong.
01/2011 – Present
CD works as independent curator, artistic film and performance producer and script writer.
Works in Progress:
Executive Producer - Multidisciplinary large scale performance THE HOUSE IS BLACK by Sussan Deyhim (www.sussandeyhim.com). Sussan Deyhim is an award winning Iranian singer, composer and performance artist based in LA.
Curator and Writer - Albert Oehlen’s (Krefeld, 1954) exhibition MODERNE FARBKONZEPTE, Casa Encendida, Madrid. Albert Oehlen is considered as one of the most prominent painters of his generation. A book including a long interview with the artist will be published by Turner (Spain) and Schirmer/Mosel (Germany).
Script Writer - Documentary film about Harald Szeemann’s life and work.
Curator – Harald Szeemann Archive exhibition Casa Encendida Madrid in collaboration withn the Getty Research Institute, Malibu.
05/2009 – 12/2010
CD works as independent curator and film producer
Curator - Thomas Bachler’s (Detmold, 1961) performance PHOTOSHOOTING, Casa Encendida, Madrid and Spai Cultural, Barcelona. Thomas Bachler is a German conceptual artist who works mainly with analogic photography.
Executive Producer - Experimental feature film NO, GLOBAL TOUR (www.noglobaltour.com) by Santiago Sierra. Santiago Sierra is a Spanish-Mexican visual artist. NO, GLOBAL TOUR premiered at the Berlinale 2010, Kunstforum Expanded.
03/2008 – 03/2009
CD works as film producer and adviser of the city council
Adviser for exhibition contents - The Madrid city council worked on the largest public housing project in Europe over the last decade. Many green materials, advanced Eco technologies, and effective construction processes have been applied in the housing project. Most representative models were presented at the Expo 2010 Shanghai.
Art Adviser – Experimental feature film PASOS DOBLES by the Spanish painter Miquel Barceló and Spanish film director Isaki Lacuesta, produced by TUSITALA FILMS. The film received the 2011 best experimental feature film award at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival.
02/2005 – 02/2008
CD works as book editor and independent curator
Curator - Joseph Kosuth’s exhibition AT LAST I BELIEVED I UNDERSTOOD (MADRID), Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2008.
Book Editor/Project Manager – XXL DIEGO RIVERA/THE COMPLETE MURAL WORK – Various authors. Published by TASCHEN and CONACULTA (Mexican Ministry of Culture) in 2007.
Book Editor/Project Manager – COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY – An essay on collecting contemporary art by Adam Lindeman, Bernardo Paz, Eugenio Lopez, Peter Brant, Eli Broad, Francesca von Habsburg among others. Published by TASCHEN in 2006.
06/2001 – 01/2005
CD works in association with the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs and as an independent curator.
The Spanish Secretary of State appointed CD as a Visual Arts Advisor for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
He was then assigned as the director of a five years joint program between the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation supporting Spanish artists’ exhibition projects internationally with a special focus on Latin-America.
He was the Artistic director of the Spanish official pavilion at the Venice Biennial as well as Sao Paulo Biennial.
In 2003 CD together with curator Rosa Martínez selected the Spanish- Mexican artist Santiago Sierra to represent Spain at the Venice Biennial.
Curator – Miquel Barceló’s retrospective exhibition – Venues: Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) and Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover.
Curator – Exhibition THE REAL ROYAL TRIP about Spanish and Latin-American art co-curated with Harald Szeemann and Alana Heiss – Venues: PS1 – MoMA, New York, 2003, and Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, 2004.
06/1998 – 05/2001
CD works as deputy director and Chief-Curator of the CENTRO ATLÁNTICO DE ARTE MODERNO, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He also worked as an associate curator of the International Art Exhibition, 49th Venice Biennial 2001, curated by Harald Szeemann.
The CAAM, administered by the Gran Canaria Island Council, was first opened on 4th December 1989. It is an Art Centre as well as a Museum of Contemporary Art that aspires to becoming a point of reference of the historic memory of the region through the concept of tri-continentality, product of the archipelago’s status as the cultural crossroads between three continents: Europe, Africa and America. It not only guided the CAAM Art Centre as a whole, but also formed the central focus of its art collection. Exhibition’s program mainly focused on contemporary Latin-American and African art.
CD was appointed the in-house Chief-Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum. He worked with guest curators such as Orlando Brito (Islas), Simon Njami (El Tiempo de Africa), Octavio Zaya (Transatlantico) and Dore Ashton (A Rebours).
In 2001 CD worked with Harald Szeemann as associate curator of the 49th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennial 2001. He was responsible for all video works presented at the exhibition.
01/1996 – 05/1998
Curator at the MNCARS
In-house curator at the Exhibition’s Department MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA, Madrid. He organized exhibitions together with guest curators on Oskar Schlemmer, Latin-American MADI (Modern Movement of Geometric Art), Miquel Barceló, Eduardo Chillida and Mark Tobey.
01/1992 – 11/1995
Assistant curator of Harald Szeemann
During these years Christian became a close junior collaborator and friend of Harald Szeemann. They first met in 1986 in Madrid during the installation of the CY TWOMBLY exhibition at the MNCARS. In 1991 Harald Szemann invited him to be a member of his team. Their very close and evolved collaboration began with the exhibition VISIONARY SWITZERLAND, in 1992. Venues: Kunsthaus Zürich, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
The very same year they worked with the SWISS PAVILLION at the International Exhibition Expo in Sevilla 1992. The artistic-focused concept of the exhibition is today considered as milestone in universal exhibitions.
In 1993 they started with the retrospective exhibition JOSEPH BEUYS. Venues: Kunsthaus Zürich, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Musee Nationale d’Art Moderne and Centre Georges Pompidou.
In 1994 Harald Szeemann invited CD to select 800 excerpts from the most important movies of the history of cinema. The exhibition project was called 100 YEARS OF CINEMA / THE 7th ART IN SEARCH OF THE OTHER 6. KUNSTHAUS ZÜRICH, 1995.
CD spends half a year in New York working as an assistant with several artists. He meets Julian Schnabel.
CD spends one year in the Spanish Army as soldier and translator.
1986 – 1990
CD was Assistant of Juana Aizpuru at her gallery in Madrid.
Studied philosophy at the UNED, Madrid, August 1987
Mother Language is Spanish. Fluent German, English and French.
(b.1971, Madrid, Spain)
Master in Management. Conceptual artist specializing in the creation and transformation of interactive spaces as a means of artistic communication.
2005 unveils his first monumental public work: he conceived as a curator a humanizing settlement of the landscape by means of an outdoor installation, using grand format fixtures. This gave way to a conceptual installation which would intervene in important public spaces. In 2006, he finished his first solo conceptual art piece “Bosque de Flores”, a garden of giant flowers that was installed in the city of Valencia for the America’s Cup of Sailing. The installation continues to illuminate the City of Porcelain every night.
Selected Group of Exhibitions and Works:
2008 Municipality of Bucharest_“WhiteNight Proyect”/ “Noaptea Alba”
Old City of Bucharest
Royal Palace of Valencia
Bohemian Church of Bethlehem in Berlin
Palaisdes Tuileries in Paris
Old London Bridge
Paçoda Ribeira in Lisbon.
“The central theme of my present work is Memoria Urbana which projects focus on valorizing and recuperating architectural elements or historical buildings that have been lost in the course of time. “ Juan Garaizabal
(b.1954, Madrid, Spain)
Painter, printmaker and sculptor.
He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid, and recorded in the
studio of Dimitri Papageorgiou.
Create Arturo García Moreno Navy and Workshop Mayor Fructuoso 28. !
He receives scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and the Norwegian
Academy of Spain in Rome.
Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, Spain
Museum of the University of New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, Egypt
International Biennial of Engraving Bradford, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oslo, Taiwan and Italy.
Awards and Grants:
1987. Silver Medal at the Ljubljana Biennial of Engraving, Slovenia
1988. Gold Medal of the Third Biennial Recorded in Cairo, Egypt
1993. ART EXPO New York NW 93, New York , USA 1994-1995. Gold Medal B Biennale Alexandria, Egypt.
2008. National Graphic Arts Award 2008, Fundación ICO, Madrid, Spain
2010-201. Minerva Award, Awards Association The Souk, Spain
THE PATIENT PHOTOGRAPHER
(b.1961, Madrid, Spain)
- Management Canon Spain Department of Professional Photography 1984-1988.
- Independent professional photographer in the world of advertising. 1990.
- During the whole year he devotes himself to the shooting of the originals on the Community of Madrid, commissioned by Tourism of Madrid. 2008.
- Together with five photographers, he is chosen for the project “XXI Century Postcards”, with the objective of photographing the most important architectural works of the last 20 years in Madrid. 2009.
Selected group exhibitions:
2006. ART GALLERY XXI, Madrid, Spain
2007 CANAL ISABEL II, “Ocultos” Exhibition, Madrid, Spain
2007 & 2008. ARCO. He presents with Ars Fundum his works “Lake” and “Iceland”.
2008. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF UNION FENOSA (MACUF), La Coruña, Spain
2009. ARCO, six photographs as independent artist.
2009. Exhibit of 31 originals belonging to the book “Madrid ”at the Instituto de Cervantes of Moscow, Russia.
2009. Exhibit of 80 photographs belonging to the book "MADRID", during a month at Victorio Emmanuele Street in Milan, Italy.
(b.1968, Jerez, Spain)
Selected group works:
2011, MUJDA, Ibiza, Spain
2011, Niña Pastori Flamenco Singer, Videoclip Director
2012, Osborne and Swarovski Partnership, Madrid, Spain
2012, Hotel Pacha Ibiza Decoration, Ibiza, Spain
2013, Carpe Diem Restaurant Decoration
2013. 100units Swarovski Sculture
Willie Marquez (b.1968, Jerez, Spain)
“I am very polifacetic when creating. I don´t try to transmit anything when doing them, its only after finishing them I realize their energy"
(b. 1987, Valencia, Spain)
University of San Carlos, Valencia, Master of Fine Arts, 2010
2011, “Cartografías de la Creatividad”, South America Travelling Show.
2013, “Itinerances”, Pierre CardinSpace, Paris, France
2014, ArticCircleExpeditionpromotedby F.A.R.M New York, USA
Awards and Grants:
2012 and 2013, Casa Velazquezgrant as Art Member at theAcademie de France à Madrid.
2011, Gold MedalawardedbyHerMajestyQueen Sofía, BMW NationalPaintinggrant, Spain.
2009, Real Academia de Bellas Artes award, Spain
2009, Señera award, Spain
"Theromanticnature of myworkreflectsontheimpossibility of recoveringtheemotionalspace in art as in everydaylife.
I startedworkingontransparentplasticmaterials as a metaphor of contradictionbetweenessence and appearancebyalwaysshowingthepolishedsurfaceside of the material, so thephysicality of paint and sensuality of materia wereneverrevealed. In mybody of work, theplasticisthe media itself. Like a windowor a screenremainsontheotherside of theemotion. Feelings and emotionscontained in thepaintgesture. Trappedbeneaththe invisible barrierwhichmakesusbelieve in a worldapparentlyaccessiblethanktothetransparency of its lie."