Charles Esche

Charles Esche is the director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; an advisor at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, UAL, London. Charles Esche was part of the Selection Committee for the artistic direction of documenta 15. He received the 2012 Princess Margriet Award and the 2014 CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.

He (co)curated To those who have no time to play (2022–2023), Framer Framed, Amsterdam; The Meeting that Never Was (2022), MO Museum, Vilnius; Hurting and Healing (2022), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Power and Other Things (2017), Europalia, BOZAR, Brussels; Art Turns, Word Turns (2017); Museum MACAN, Jakarta; Jakarta Biennale( 2015); 31st Sao Paulo Bienal (2014); U3 Triennale 2011, Ljubljana; RIWAQ Biennale (2007 and 2009), Palestine; Istanbul Biennale (2005); Gwangju Biennale (2002), as well as many Van Abbemuseum exhibitions.

Last updated 2 Feb 2024
  1. Aldo Ramos, Soil is a weaving of memories, 2023. Knitted threads of memories found while walking soils in Petemoro, Mexico, and the swamp at Naardermeer, the Netherlands, with a contribution from Brooke Wandin, dimensions variable. Installation view, The Soils Project, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2023. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andrew Curtis

    Decolonial aesthesis: weaving each other

    Charles Esche, Rolando Vázquez, Teresa Cos Rebollo
    The Soils Project
    Van Abbemuseum
  2. The Long 1980s. Constellations of Art, Politics and Identities

  3. Art Museums and Democracy

    Charles Esche, Manuel Borja-Villel, Bart de Baere
    M HKA
    Van Abbemuseum
    Museo Reina Sofia
  4. The 1980s. Today's Beginnings? An alternative view on the 80s

    Van Abbemuseum
  5. L'Internationale. Post-War Avant-Gardes Between 1957 and 1986

  6. Constructing a Scottish Internationalism

    Charles Esche
  7. VOTI. Union of the Imaginary