Catherine de Zegher

Catherine de Zegher portrait Catherine de Zegher (born Marie-Catherine Alma Gladys de Zegher Groningen, April 14, 1955) is a Belgian curator and a modern and contemporary art historian. She has a degree in art history and archaeology from the University of Ghent.

From 1988 to 1998, de Zegher was director of the Kunststichting Kanaal, Kortrijk, from 1999 to 2006, executive director and chief curator of the Drawing Center, New York, from 2007 to 2009, director of exhibitions and publications of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and from 2013 to 2018, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent. In 2018, she was temporarily suspended from this post as a result of the Toporovski Collection Controversy. She was permanently suspended in 2019 and in 2020, she retired.

De Zegher was curator of the Belgian pavilion (1997) and the Australian pavilion (2013), both at the Venice Biennale, as well as the Moscow Biennale (2013). She was co-artistic director with Gerald McMaster of the Biennale of Sydney (2012). Her curatorial projects have included, ''On Line. Drawing through the Twentieth Century'', Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2010), and ''Inside the Visible. An Elliptical Traverse of 20th Century Art in, of, and From the Feminine'', Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1966); traveled to Whitechapel Gallery, London (1996); Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (1997).

Having curated more than eighty museum exhibitions and large-scale perennial exhibitions, her exhibitions challenge mainstream models of art and art history and often promote the feminine principle.

For her contribution to curating, de Zegher received the 2010–11 best show awards from AICA (Award of International Critics) and, in 2017, the OSCARla-award for her role in the art world. Since 2014, De Zegher is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Provided by Wikipedia
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