This week’s rolling news roundup

4–10 March

Sonya Lindfors, COSMIC LATTE, 2018, performance at Zodiak, Helsinki. Photo: Uwa Iduozeen. Lindfors is representing Finland at the 2019 Venice Biennale as part of the Miracle Workers Collective

It was announced over the weekend that Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fujiwara, Flaka Haliti and Kajta Novitskova are the 2019 nominees for the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie. The winner will be announced in September, and an exhibition of the nominees’ work will open at Hamburger Bahnhof in autumn. You can read Raimar Stange on the last exhibition shortlist, featuring Sol Calero, Iman Issa, Jumana Manna and Agnieszka Polska, here

SFMOMA has appointed Janet Bishop, curator of painting at the institution since 2000, as its new chief curator – a position which, the museum told Artnews, has been vacant since 1990. In her new role, Bishop will lead the 17 curatorial divisions and oversee the museum’s exhibition and acquisition programmes.

In Cape Town, it was announced that Koyo Kouoh has been appointed as the executive director and chief curator of Zeitz MOCAA, the major contemporary art museum set up in 2016 by German collector and former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz. Kouoh takes up the position following the resignation of Mark Coetzee in June, amidst allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards colleagues

ArtReview received more Venice Biennale-related news this week, as the 58th edition draws nearer: the South African Department of Arts and Culture has revealed that Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tracey Rose and Mawande Ka Zenzile will represent the country at 58th Venice Biennale. Under the title The Stronger We Become, the pavilion will ‘engage with the determination and tenacious spirit of South Africans’, according to its two curators Nkule Mabaso and Nomusa Makhubu (both based at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town). Meanwhile the Mircale Workers Collective have announced their plan for the Finnish pavilion. The transdisciplinary collective (including writer Maryan Abdulkarim; writer and filmmaker Khadar Ahmed; choreographer Sonya Lindfors; artist and activist Outi Pieski; visual artist and musician Leena Pukki; visual artist and activist Martta Tuomaala; spatial designer Lorenzo Sandoval; cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas and storyteller Suvi West, as well as curators Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Christopher Wessels, and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung) will present cinematic collaborations by members of the collective, and a site-specific sculptural installation by Pieski which ‘gestures to the transnationality of the Sámi people across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia’. Further questioning of the parameters of the biennale will be manifested through a series of public events taking place in Berlin, Venice, Karasjok and Helsinki during the course of 2019. A newcomer at this year’s edition, Ghana will present its first national pavilion; designed by David Adjaye in the Arsenale, it will feature work by El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama, Felicia Abban, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, John Akomfrah and Selasi Awusi Sosu.

Things are less final for the 12th São Paulo architecture biennial, which issued an open call for proposals of 'pertinent architectural and urban projects, research, speculative works and installations, as well as other spatial interventions'. The biennial will take place in September, and submissions can be made through 1 April. You can read the full skinny here.

Further appointments this week: 
MoMA in New York has named Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, currently curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, as curator of painting and sculpture. He will take up the position in July. 

Adam Szymczyk, artistic director of Documenta 14 in 2017, has been appointed as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he will oversee a project called Principle of Equality – Open Studio. The programme, which focuses on definitions of equality and how those relate to notions of of freedom, comprises different formats of student participation, including an inaugural public event, a programme of lectures, follow-up sessions and a study trip, and will culminate in an exhibition at the academy in the autumn. 

Also in Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien has announced that the Croatian curatorial collective What, How & for Whom (WHW) will take the helm of the institution, after former director Nicolaus Schafhausen announced his resignation last spring, citing ‘the resurgence of nationalist politics in Austria’. Established by Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić, Sabina Sabolović and Ana Dević in 1999, WHW operate as curators, productors and publishers, and have, since since 2003, directed the programme of Gallery Nova – a city-owned gallery in Zagreb. Dević will remain in Zagreb to continue running Nova, while Ćurlin, Ilić and Sabolović will move to Vienna. 

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