2019 International Curatorial Symposium at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Photo: Ben Taylor

International Curatorial Residency Symposium 2019: Curating Private Art Collections

‘Curating Private Art Collections’ was a one-day symposium that invited five curators overseeing international private collections to Hauser & Wirth Somerset on occasion of the exhibition ‘Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection’.

The symposium was a forum for engagement, discussion and reflection. The panel, each sharing their personal experiences and extensive knowledge, explored the practicalities, pleasures and politics of curating private collections in today’s cultural landscape, and what it means for the future. The symposium was chaired by art critic and journalist, Louisa Buck.


Caroline Bourgeois Principle Curator, The Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy Wendy Chang Director, The Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada Jenny Moore Director, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas Skarlet Smatana Director, George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece Jiyoon Lee Founding Director, SUUM, Seoul, Korea Louisa Buck (Chair) art critic, journalist for The Art Newspaper


10 am Arrival, registration, coffee and viewing of current exhibition 11 am Welcome and introductions 11:05 am Presentations and discussions by curators 12:45 pm Lunch at Roth Bar & Grill 2 pm Presentations and discussions by curators continued 3 pm Open Q&A with delegates 4 pm Symposium ends, refreshments and opportunity to network. Farewell and independent return travel