“People really want to deal with the present, but it’s just extremely difficult to get a grasp of where we are now,” says Gregor Muir, Tate’s Director of Collection, International Art.
Grappling with issues of how to think internationally during a period of increasing nationalism, Muir talks about how (and where) he is looking to discover great art. This broad-ranging conversation covers topics ranging from the technological revolution to Muir’s own experiences moving between commercial galleries and museums; from changes in film and video art practice to the shifting dynamic between private and public art worlds.
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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words. I'm your host, Charlotte Burns, and joining me today for a special podcast from London is Gregor Muir, the director of collection, International Art at Tate Modern. Gregor Muir: Hello Charlotte. Good to be here. Charlotte Burns: Good to be here…
Gregor Muir is the director of collection, International Art at Tate Modern. From 2011 to October 2016, Muir was executive director of the ICA, London, where he oversaw an exhibition program featuring artists such as Tauba Auerbach, Judy Blame, Zhang Enli, Richard Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Juergen Teller and Betty Woodman. He also coordinated ICA Off-Site exhibitions in Birmingham, London and Hong Kong. Muir has frequently chaired panel discussion and talks with artists, including Lynda Benglis, Tracey Emin and Gilbert & George, as well as working on Frieze Talks in London.
From 2004 to 2011, Muir was the London director of Hauser & Wirth, organizing exhibitions in London, Zurich and New York with artists including Louise Bourgeois, Francis Picabia and Wilhelm Sasnal. Muir previously worked as the Kramlich Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate where he co-curated the first moving image exhibition “Time Zones” at Tate Modern, and “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” with Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas at Tate Britain, both in 2004. He also worked on contemporary art acquisitions for Tate Collections, and curated several displays of contemporary art from the Tate collection, including a special focus on the 1971 Robert Morris exhibition and Carl Andre’s Equivalent series (aka The Bricks).
In 1997, Muir founded the Lux Gallery in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, which featured exhibitions by Kutlug Ataman, Carsten Höller and Jane & Louise Wilson. In the same year, he co-curated “Assuming Positions” at the ICA, London, which included works by Jorge Pardo and Tobias Rehberger, as well as curating pioneering programs of film and video art. In 1994 he curated the exhibition “Liar”, featuring works by Cerith Wyn Evans and Sadie Benning, and in 1993 he curated the group show “Lucky Kunst”, featuring works by Gary Hume and Sam Taylor-Wood, which would later inspire a book of the same name documenting the 90’s London art scene.
Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.
Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.
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For More on Gregor Muir:
Gregor Muir, Lucky Kunst: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art (2009) published by Aurum Press
“After Awkward Objects” exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, London (2009)
“ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market” exhibition at 17-18 Dover Street, London (2014)
“David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality of Dreams” exhibition at ICA (2014)
“Meet the Curators: Gregor Muir” in Frieze (September 2016)
“Gregor Muir is Named Tate’s Director of Collection, International Art” in artnet News (June 2016)
“Tate Taps ICA London Director Gregor Muir to Head Collection of International Art” in ARTnews (June 2016)
“Tate Appoints Gregor Muir Director of International Art Collection” in Artforum (June 2016)
“Gregor Muir: ‘Sorting Out the ICA is Without Question a Challenge…'” in The Independent (August 2011)