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IKT is the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. It is a members organisation that brings together curators from across the world, to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional networks. IKT represents the professional interests of contemporary curators worldwide, and is the equivalent of international organisations such as ICOM, CIMAM or AICA.
IKT was founded in 1973 and its early members included prominent curators such as Eberhard Roters, Eddy de Wilde and Harald Szeemann. The aim of the organisation is to stimulate and extend debate concerning curating. In practical terms, IKT offers its members the opportunity to find partners for the co-production of exhibitions, publications or other events. At a time when the art world is increasingly structured around biennales and art fairs, IKT's annual congresses provide a moment for reflection and in-depth discussion amongst colleagues.
IKT is represented by a board of six people and a president, elected from amongst its members by its members every three years, at the general assembly of the annual congress.
IKT has over 500 members from across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The members include curators and artistic directors of non-profit exhibition spaces and museums, as well as freelance curators of contemporary art. Members benefit from an annual membership card that provides free entry to numerous contemporary art institutions across the world.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here to find out more.
IKT hosts an annual conference held each time in a different place, which acts as moment to come together and to discover the cultural scene of that location. If you would like to propose a site for one of the future congresses, please read our criteria for choosing a host city/venue.
For further details about the upcoming congress, please see IKT Congress.
To maintain IKT's internationality and independence, the legal site of the association changes according to the president's professional basis. Until 2016, Dr. Julia Draganovic will be president of IKT and the IKT office will be in Osnabrück, Germany.