Valentijn Byvanck is director of Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, the Netherlands (www.marres.org). At Marres he initiated and curated numerous exhibitions, such as The Unwritten (2014), the Winter Anti-Depression Show (2014) and recently Levi van Veluw: The Relativity of Matter (2015) and Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity (2016).
He studied cultural history in Utrecht and New York, and was a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1999 to 2002, Byvanck was responsible for communications and theory at Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (www.wdw.nl). Between 2002 and 2009, he was director of the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg (www.zeeuwsmuseum.nl). With his team, he renovated the museum building and reinvigorated its presentations. The Zeeuws Museum was awarded the prestigious Museum Prize by the Council of Europe in 2009. In the same year, Byvanck was appointed as one of two directors responsible for the newly founded innovative Museum of National History of the Netherlands, a project initiated and later scrapped by the Dutch government (www.innl.nl). As co-director, Byvanck was responsible for the mission, content, curators and projects, along with the museum, history and heritage networks.
Byvanck is regularly invited to speak, write or moderate debates on topics pertaining to culture, art and society. He also presented the television programme 4ART about contemporary art for national television. His publications include exhibition catalogues for Marres (2013-current), a series of columns about the museum for national newspaper De Volkskrant (2012-2013), Blueprint, Plans, Sketches and Story of the Museum of National History (2008-2011) (ed., 2012), and Zeeuws Imago (ed., 2007).
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