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Ferran Barenblit

Visiting Professor

Ferran Barenblit, wearing black-rimmed glasses and a dark jacket

Biography

Curriculum Vitae
  • Museum Studies, New York University
  • Master in History of Art, University of Barcelona

Ferran Barenblit is an internationally recognized museum director with extensive managerial and curatorial experience who has lead uninterruptedly three museums in the last twenty years. An expert with a deep understanding of the political and social complexities of museums and the need to consider them as an essential catalyst for engaged citizenship. His last position was Director, MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (2015-2021), one of the most prominent museums in Europe, with a major collection, now central to the museum’s narrative, significant temporary exhibitions, and an impactful educational and public program. MACBA is an organization committed to community outreach in permanent dialogue with its constituents. With this strong base in Barcelona, the museum extends its international relationships with partner organizations around the globe. Previously, he was the director of CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (2008-2015); and CASM Santa Monica Arts Center (2002-2008).

Ferran has worked with artists like Christian Marclay, Raqs Media Collective, Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, Akram Zaatari, Andrea Fraser, Jeremy Deller, Teresa Margolles, Rabih Mroué, Halil Altindere, Aernout Mik, Cristina Lucas, Maria Eichhorn, and Jiri Kowanda, among many others.

Ferran's current curatorial projects include the 16th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2023) and the a major retrospective of the work of Ben Vautier (MUAC, Mexico City, 2022-2023).

In the period 2021-2023, he has been invited as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.