Berco Wilsenach

4 February, 2013

Berco Wilsenach is featured this month in advance of his solo exhibition "The Blind Astronomer" at MOAD.Spier is pleased to publish an essay on Wilsenach' s work written by esteemed Smithsonian Curator, Christine Mullen Kreamer.

Christine Mullen Kreamer began her Smithsonian career in the late 1980s, working as the content coordinator for the National Museum of Natural History' s "African Voices" exhibition. In 2000, she joined the curatorial staff at the National Museum of African Art, where she now serves as deputy director and chief curator. A graduate of Indiana University, with PhD in African Art History and minors in anthropology and African studies, Kreamer is an expert on both traditional and contemporary African art. Follow this link to the essay.

Wilsenach (b.1974) completed his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1996. In 1997 he interned at the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy. In 2002 he completed a Master's Degree at the University of Pretoria, and graduated cum laude. From 2003-2004 he studied at the Academia di Belle Arte in Genoa with a bursary from the Italian government; and in 2005-2006 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with a grant from the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst. He has won numerous awards – the PPC Young Sculpture of the Year (1997), Absa L'Atelier (2005) and residencies at Le Arie del Tempo in Genoa. He has participated in various group exhibitions in South Africa and Europe and had solo shows at the Pretoria Art Museum (2000), Pretoria Culture and Heritage Museum (2001) and Palazzo Ducale in Genoa (2004). Wilsenach participated in a group show in March at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and took up residence at the Cité d'Arte in Paris from July-December 2006.

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