Check in Budapest 9. - Beatriz Herraez lecture

2009/05/04 - 18:00 - 2009/05/04 - 20:00

Beatriz Herraez – curator of Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) – gives a lecture in Kitchen Budapest on 4 May 2009 at 6pm about the goals of a contemporary art centre in the Basque capital, as well as her recent projects.

The lecture will reflect some aspects of Montehermoso Kulturunea program; including the exhibitions, seminars, publications and research lines developed since 2008. Focusing on the different strategies elaborated by the structure, this talk will attempt to contextualize an art project based in the capital city of Basque country (Spain) and the simultaneous dialogues it establishes with different “scenes”, in terms of contemporary art practices. Trough some concrete artists and projects, the lecture will describe the complexity of Spanish/Basque contemporary art scene and its relationships with a broader international context, inscribed in the political and social transformation process which occurred during the last two decades in the territory.
Beatriz Herraez (b.1974, Spain) is an art historian and the curator of the program of Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) – an art centre defined as a space for the production and exhibition of contemporary art, which stands out the policy of implementation of gender equality. Among her recent shows: rendez-vous nowhere (Montehermoso, Spain, 2008); Soy el final de la reproducción (Sculpture Center, New York, 2008; castillo/corrales, Paris, 2007). She has been co-director of Las Jornadas de Estudio de la Imagen (an annual seminar on image study) in Madrid from 2005 to 2008.


Cooperation partner of Check in Budapest 9. is Kitchen Budapest.

The curatorial visitor program Check in Budapest is a series of events taking place between October 2008-June 2009. In accordance with the main goal of the hosting organization - ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange – this program aims to establish and maintain channels of effective and continuous professional communication among the actors of the Hungarian and international art scene, as well as to promote and support the international appearance and integration of Hungarian artists.

The different editions of Check in Budapest consist out of two main activities: a curatorial research, completed by public presentations and panel discussions.

In order to give an extensive insight into the Hungarian art scene and the places of art production, the curatorial research program includes tours to different galleries and museums, as well as meetings with artists, curators and key cultural producers.
Each public lecture and talk focus on a special topic – such as international residency programs; the diverse possibilities, formats, conceptual and economic frameworks for art production; or the methods of collecting and archiving contemporary art. The thematic events will bring together different international curators who will present their work and strategies to the Hungarian audience and share their ideas with each other in a public debate.

Check in Budapest is initiated and organized by ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, with the financial support from the Ministry of Education and Culture.


ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange

H-1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 8.

Tel: + 36 1 501 4111

Fax: + 36 1 501 4112



ACAX is the international exchange program of Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (