Assistant Curator, Mudam Luxembourg

17 February 2021

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Assistant Curator

Employer: Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
Department: Artistic Programmes & Content
Reporting to: Curateur, responsable des expositions
Contract: CDD, fixed term for 2 years from May 2021, full time (40 hours/week)
Closing date for applications: 12.00pm (noon), Monday 8 March, 2021
Interviews at Mudam: Monday 22 March, 2021

Core mission

The Assistant Curator works within the Programmation des Expositions service which is part of the Department of Artistic Programmes & Content. Reporting to the Curateur, responsable des expositions, the Assistant Curator will support the planning and implementation of Mudam’s programme of temporary exhibitions, collection displays and special projects in development for the next two years.

Missions

To assist in the delivery of the programme of exhibitions, commissions and special projects in line with the institutional goal of becoming a museum of reference in Luxembourg and in Europe and the museum’s key objectives of increased access, visibility, ownership /engagement and sustainability. The Assistant Curator plays a supporting role in administrating an ambitious programme that increases the museum’s international visibility and is significant for its qualities of innovation and artistic excellence. Working in close collaboration with colleagues across the museum as well as with artists, institutions and external curators the Assistant Curator accompanies the research, development and planning for exhibitions and other projects planned for the museum in 2022 and 2023, assisting the curators in the coordination and implementation from conception to evaluation.

Functions 

Exhibitions

  • To contribute to all aspects of the exhibition-making process.
  • To assist the museum’s curatorial staff and external curators with projects of varying scale.
  • On occasion, where appropriate, to act as project leader.
  • To contribute to the research and development of existing and new concepts for exhibitions and special projects.
  • To prepare and maintain key documents such as schedules, checklists, exhibition layouts, bibliographies and databases, ensuring that information is accurate and well-presented.
  • To work closely with the Registrars to administrate loan requests and negotiate loans.
  • To support the detailed planning and organisation of these exhibitions.
  • To take minutes at meetings as required.
  • To liaise with and coordinate external contractors including artists, curators, designers, artists’ agents, sponsors, fabricators.
  • To create, update and organise the museum’s digital and physical archives as required.
  • To monitor and maintain exhibitions, carrying out regular checks.
  • To contribute to the development of accessible exhibition texts including labels and interpretative texts and materials for press and marketing.
  • To contribute to the production of scholarly texts for Mudam’s publications via proof-reading and fact-checking.
  • To contribute to the successful tour of Mudam’s exhibitions through the development of touring networks and effective communication with contacts. 
  • To support the work of Mudam’s Development team, assisting with approaches for funding and sponsorship.
  • To assist in the promotion of Mudam’s exhibitions to the public through liaison with the Communications team.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of and audience development for Mudam’s public programme.
  • To lead tours and presentations of Mudam’s exhibitions as requested.

Budgetary

  • To assist in the preparation of budgets for exhibitions and special projects, researching suppliers and obtaining budget estimates for expenditure that demonstrate the best value, ensuring that projects are delivered in an efficient and sustainable way.
  • To monitor and report on expenditure with the Curator in line with Mudam’s financial procedures.

General

  • To support the acquisition of works for the museum’s collection as appropriate.
  • To respond to public enquiries by letter, telephone and email as required.
  • To represent Mudam to partners and at external meetings as requested.
  • To contribute to the strategic development of exhibition management and to work as a team to ensure that the department’s missions are fulfilled.

Experience and skills

  • Graduate of Art History, curatorial Studies.
  • Experience in working in museums or art institutions.
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • Experience of working with budgets.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Fluency in French and English. A working knowledge of German or Luxembourgish is also an advantage.

The person

  • Passionate about contemporary art and culture in general.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and remain calm under pressure.
  • Flexibility.
  • Commitment to working with broad audiences and making contemporary art accessible.

For more information: www.mudam.com/assistant-curator