Nico de Oliveira

Image: Stefan Bruggemann: Opening, Museum of Installation, London. Photograph by Edward Woodman

Course Leader, MA Curating the Contemporary.


Nico de Oliveira  

Nicolas de Oliveira is a curator and writer based in London. He was a co-founder of the Museum of Installation, London, and other independent galleries, curating over 200 works and shows. Currently, he co-directs SE8 Gallery, focusing on new projects by emerging contemporary artists. His imprint ‘Mulberry Tree Press’, begun in 2010, specializes in artists’ publications and vinyl editions. He has also published seminal books on Installation art and numerous artists’ monographs. His major exhibition ‘A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents’ was shown at Me-Collection, Berlin in 2015. It restaged historical documentation in the form of photographs, video, and sound recordings as an immersive display.

He is currently course leader of the MA Curating the Contemporary, a collaborative programme of London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery.

Courses

  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Curating the Contemporary MA

Research

De Oliveira's research focuses on curatorial practice; in particular, it is concerned with how new critical forms and disciplines, such as Installation Art and Artists' Writing, have extended the remit of what curatorial practice is today.

Installation art has highlighted significant changes in the understanding of the idea of the 'medium', the institution and the relationship between artists, curators and audiences; the dissolution of boundaries exemplified in the move away from traditional Art History and towards Artists' Writing has led to an expansion of authorship. De Oliveira proposes that authorship is both challenged and affirmed by the collaborative process of art writing and that this also promotes new themes, iterations and voices.

Expertise areas

  • Installation art: history and contemporary interpretation
  • Artists' writing

Installation art (Thames & Hudson, 1994)

Installation art in the New Millennium: Empire of the Senses (Thames & Hudson, 2003)

Research portfolio

Mulberry Tree Press

Exhibition Catalogue

Mulberry Tree Press

Ben Cain (cabinets)

Hans Op de Beeck

Sea of Tranquility

Adrian Scrivener

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