[artinfo] Bergen Kunsthall seeks a new Director

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Bergen Kunsthall seeks a new Director

Application deadline: 4 March 2013

Bergen Kunsthall
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen, Norway

<mailto:soknad at kunsthall.no>soknad at kunsthall.no

Bergen Kunsthall is one of Scandinavia's most 
prominent institutions for contemporary art, 
housed in its own building designed by the 
architect Ole Landmark in 1936. Through close 
cooperation with artists, writers, researchers 
and other cultural actors, Bergen Kunsthall is an 
active participant in social debate and 
international contemporary art discourse. 

Over the past decade Bergen Kunsthall has built 
up an ambitious, internationally recognized 
exhibition programme that ranges from curated 
group exhibitions to extensive solo exhibitions 
of works by some of the leading contemporary 
artists of our time. Since 2003, the institution 
has been headed by the director Solveig Øvstebø. 
Since Øvstebø will be taking over the leadership 
of The Renaissance Society in Chicago from 1 June 
2013, Bergen Kunsthall is now seeking a new 

Bergen Kunsthall shows about twelve exhibitions a 
year. Almost all these exhibitions are in-house 
productions created specifically for the 
exhibition spaces of the Kunsthall. The 
exhibition areas are distributed over four large 
main halls, the project space NO.5 and Landmark-a 
flexible space for film, video, performance, 
concerts, lectures and clubs with over 240 events 
a year. In February 2013 Bergen Kunsthall 
completed an extensive rebuilding, which has 
provided important new options, among other 
things our own art and book shop and a dedicated 
presentation space for children and the young. 

During the past decade the institution has 
substantially strengthened its finances thanks to 
steadily increasing public appropriations and our 
own revenues. Today foreseeable public funding 
makes up 60% of the operating budget. 

We are looking for a director with great 
expertise, independence and creativity with the 
ability to develop Bergen Kunsthall further. You 
must have an higher education in the art field or 
a similar disciplinary background, institutional 
and management experience within the field of 
contemporary art and a broad international 
network. The director is both the artistic and 
the administrative leader of the institution and 
must have an understanding of both financial and 
human resource administration, as well as work in 
relation to public and private support actors. 

Our new director will lead a knowledgeable, 
flexible and result-oriented staff of ten. We 
want a leader who can mark out a direction for 
the Kunsthall and who is at the same time good at 
teamwork, cooperation and communication. 

As our director you must live in Bergen. If you 
have a different first language you must be 
willing to learn Norwegian. 

The director is responsible to the Board of 
Bergen Kunsthall. The position has a set term of 
four years. Salary and other conditions by 

If you would like information about the post and 
about Bergen Kunsthall, contact the Chairman of 
the Board, Martin Smith-Sivertsen, or the acting 
managing director Stein-Inge Århus:
T +47 55 55 93 11 / <mailto:soknad at kunsthall.no>soknad at kunsthall.no

The application deadline is 4 March. 
Send your CV to <mailto:soknad at kunsthall.no>soknad at kunsthall.no
We aim at initiating interviews from 19 March. 
Applications will be considered in confidence. 

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