Art Pathways is a series of interviews with a variety of people who work in the art world and beyond. Their path in this world.
Conversation with Rick Vercauteren - Curator and Museum Director
Rick Vercauteren has a career of more than 40 years as an art historian, editor, and writer. As an independent curator, he has worked for various art institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. He writes, on a regular basis, texts on contemporary art and music in Dutch, English, and German. Furthermore, he operates as a personal adviser for artists in several countries in Western Europe. In addition, he is an enthusiastic interviewer (live) and a vivid master of ceremonies in the broader cultural domain in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.
Rick was born in 1956 and studied History of Art, American Literature, and Film between 1974 and 1982. From 1986 till 2022 he
worked as a spirited curator and turbocharging director in museums in the Netherlands. Besides he was an animated teacher in the cities of Amsterdam, Eindhoven, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg (Academies of Contemporary Art and Open University). He’s a voracious reader and critical movie buff.
Julio Cortázar, Franz Kafka, James Joyce and Shakespeare
Tate Modern, London and L'Orangerie, Paris
Conversation with Marco Fedele di Catrano - Artist
Marco Fedele di Catrano (Rome, 1976) is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose different creative practices converge with the aim of bridging the gulf between art and society.
His work in the fields of installation, photography, sculpture, and video is characterized by an intuitive handling of materials, objects, and spaces. In many cases, he processes found, elementary materials which get reconfigured in a synthetic and metaphorical form. His aim is to bind a minimal form with subjects of existential and social-political relevance. His site-specific interventions, mostly temporary, are made in dialogue with existing architecture, both indoor and in urban spaces. He currently lives and works in Lisbon.
Palácio de Cristal
José Saramago - Ensaio sobre a Cegueira
Conversation with Carlos Antunes - Architect and director of CAPC
Carlos Antunes is an architect based in the village of Corvo near Coimbra. Together with Desiree Porto, he runs the Atelier do Corvo Architects in the same town. He is also a professor at the University of Coimbra. He is a member of CAP Coimbra since 1987 and is now its director. This interview is in Portuguese.
Atelier do Corvo
Miguel de Cervantes - Dom Quixote
Conversation with Vera Hilger - Artist and director of Raum Für Gäste
Vera Hilger is an artist and the co-director of Raum Für Gäste an exhibition space she runs with her colleague Michael Krupp.
Arbeit und Struktur by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Kolumba in Cologne
Conversation with Rute Ventura - Art Consultant
Rute Ventura is an art consultant based in Lisbon, Portugal.
She is the founder of Matéria Rara, a bespoke support & development office for artists’ studios and curatorial projects. Prior to this she worked at Lisson
Gallery as Associate Director & Artist Liaison, collaborating closely with artists such as Ai Weiwei, Dan Graham, Lee Ufan amongst many others where she developed and project managed exhibitions including Dan Graham's first survey exhibition in China at Red Brick Museum, Beijing; Rashid Rana's Pakistan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and Ai Weiwei's Raiz and Inoculation tours in South America.
Robert Macfarlane - The Wild Places
Serralves Museum in Porto
Conversation with José Sousa Machado - Gallerist/Writer
José Sousa Machado was born in Luanda, Angola in 1956. His school education was in Lisboa, Portugal. Still in Lisboa attended Instituto Superior Técnico. In 1975 moved to Brazil and graduated in Economy in the Faculdade de Ciências Políticas e Económicas in Rio de Janeiro where he also studied literature for 3 years in the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. In 1981, back in Lisboa, Machado worked as a journalist, art critic, and cultural coordinator for the newspapers Correio da Manhã, Semanário, and ABC magazine. He collaborated with Jornal de Letras, Diário de Notícias, Diário Popular, and Diário de Lisboa among other publications and periodicals. Founded and directed the magazines Artes & Leilões, Arte Ibérica, Agenda Cultural de Lisboa, and Aprender a Olhar. Since 2014 Machado is in charge of the project Livraria Sá da Costa.