The Reina Sofia Museum is eager to engage with the Multitude Art Prize (MAP) project, since it coincides with our concern with emerging cultural forms and artistic practices in the wider contemporary geopolitical context. The Reina Sofía Museum considers MAP as a relevant contribution to the issues which the L’Internationale network is addressing and will support the proposed programme of lectures and debates."
Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional VCentro de Arte Reina Sofia

Philippe Pirotte
Adjunct Senior Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Philippe Pirotte

Art historian Philippe Pirotte is currently Adjunct Senior Curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Art Museum and he is senior Advisor at the Rijksakademi, Amsterdam (NL).

Most recently he was co-curator of My Communism: Poster Exhibition, TOP, Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, and the exhibition of Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practices: Selections from the Ella Cisneros Collection, Cifo, Miami. He curated a City Pavilion for the Shanghai Biennial (October 2012) and prepares the first retrospective of Yang Fudong for Kunsthalle Zürich and the Berkeley Art Museum in 2013.

Previously he served as Artistic and Managing Director of the Kunsthalle Bern (www.kunsthalle-bern.ch), Switzerland (2005-2011), where he organised Allan Kaprow – Art as Life (2007), Voids - A Retrospective of Empty Exhibitions (2009), Animism (2010) and solo-projects with a.o. Santu Mofokeng, Deimantas Narkevicus, MadeIn Company, Marine Hugonnier, Pavel Büchler, Oscar Tuazon, Dora Garcia, Rita McBride, Jutta Koether, and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven.  He was the founding director (1999) of the contemporary art centre objectif_exhibitions (www.objectif_exhibitions.org) in Antwerp, Belgium.

As an independent curator he also organised the exhibitions A Fantasy for Allan Kaprow at CIC in Cairo, Egypt; Other Rooms, with a.o. Martin Creed and Fischli/Weiss at the Minsheng Museum (2009), and Involved, with a.o. Luc Tuymans, Zhang Enli and Yutaka Sone at H-Space (2008) in Shanghai, China; Camuflaje with a.o. Adrian Piper, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Katharina Fritsch at the Fundación Celarg (2005) in Caracas, Venezuela; and Idyl-As to answer that Picture with a.o. Sven Augustijnen, Miroslaw Balka and Mark Lewis for the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium (2005).

In addition to his curatorial practice, his writing on contemporary art and artists was included in Art China, Spike Magazine, Afterall Magazine, Mousse Magazine, Kaleidoscope, Parkett, Nka Journal of contemporary African Art, and Art South Africa. He edited the catalogue of Luc Tuymans for the Belgian Pavilion in Venice in 2001.