Enrique Juncosa

Independent Curator
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Juncosa was Director of the Irish Museum of ModernArt in Dublin for 9 years (2003-2012). He was granted the Order of the Civil Merit by the Spanish Government for this job. Previously, he had been Deputy Director at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2000-2003), and before Deputy Director at IVAM, Valencia (1998-2000). Besides he has curated many shows in other institutions, including Tate, London; Hamburguer Banhoff, Berlin; MAXXI, Rome; Musée des Beaux-Artes, Nantes; SMAK, Gent; National Gallery, Reykyavik; MACBA, Barcelona; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Kunsthalle Bielefelf; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Museo de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, etc… He was also curator of the Spanish Pavillion in the Venice Bienale in 2009.

I believe it is important to have independent curators at the CIMAM Board, overseeing its activities from an independent point of view which is not related to a particular institution or country. In any case, I do have experience working for 3 major museums before, in Spain and in Ireland, collaborating as well, then and now, with many other institutions around the world. The three museums I worked for, did all open in the 1990s, all having a rather short history. This made possible to contribute greatly to their current identities and personalities.

Also as a curator, I have a long experience of working with artists from all over the world, from Mexico and Brazil to India and Thailand. I believe too that I have more time to dedicate to CIMAM business while working free-lance, not having the pressures of day to day administration.

I am also a poet and a writer, so I think I can see the museum not only in terms of organization, programming or policy making, but as an “artist” myself. As major museums are becoming more and more successful, competing to increase their audiences and expand their buildings and collections, and smaller museums try simply on occasion just to survive, it is important to see and think what they all do in terms of what should be really their core mission, which is something that cannot be measured with figures.