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Benjamin Weil, born in Paris, has a prestigious international track record in the world of contemporary art. During his career, he has implemented projects in New York, at the ICA in London, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has worked closely with some of the leading international contemporary artists, such as Pipilotti Rist, Lawrence Weiner, Christian Marclay, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Gary Hill and Matthew Barney.
Fundación Botín has today announced that Benjamin Weil, a distinguished professional in the world of international contemporary art, will be Artistic Director of the future Botín Centre in Santander, after an international appointment process run by UK consultants "Liz Amos Associates", specialising in the art world.
Benjamin Weil, whose professional career has developed at such prestigious institutions as the ICA in London or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will start work in his new position from January, although he is already in contact with Fundación Botín and working to develop the Botín Centre's art programme.
NBorn in Paris, where he spent his childhood, Benjamin Weil began his career in the mid-1980s, working in New York as assistant curator for a major private collection covering various centuries, and which included Cycladic and pre-Columbian sculpture, German expressionist painting and impressionist works, as well as modern and contemporary art. After graduating from the Whitney Independent Study Program, he worked as an independent curator and art critic, contributing to magazines like Flash Art, Beaux Arts and Atlantica. In 1994, he co-founded Ada Web, the first digital production studio that commissioned contemporary artists Jenny Holzer, Lawrence Weiner and Doug Aitken to produce works online, and he continued this activity at London's ICA. In 2000, he returned to the US to take up a position as Media Art Curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he worked with artists like Pipilotti Rist, Christian Marclay, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Gary Hill and Matthew Barney. Since 2009, he as been Director of Activities at LABoral, where he has co-curated an exhibition of works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Collection, as well as a selection of cinematographic/photographic works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
As Artistic Director, Benjamin Weil will give shape to the artistic ideas proposed by the Art Advisory Committee for the Botín Centre, implementing those projects that are approved by the Committee. The committee is chaired by Vicente Todolí and comprises Paloma Botín, Manuela Mena, Udo Kittelmann and María José Salazar, and, from now on, Benjamin Weil himself. His duties will include the submitting artistic projects for the Committee's approval and curating Fundación Botín's contemporary art collection.
In this connection he will work closely with Begoña Guerrica-Echevarría, Director of Operations, who will continue to be in charge of mounting exhibitions, organising workshops and running arts scholarships for Fundación Botín.
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