Barnabás Bencsik

Barnabás Bencsik (b. 1964) is an art historian, curator and gallerist. His research interests include contemporary art, especially the newer art of the 1990s and changes in the functioning of art institutions. He has organised more than 100 exhibitions and several international studio exchange programmes, and he is the writer of many articles, catalogue forewords, interviews, editor of fine art publications. Between 1990 and 1999 he ran the Studio Gallery Budapest, the exhibition venue of the Studio of Young Artists Association. During that same period, from 1993-1995, he was the Fine Arts Program Coordinator at the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Budapest. Bencsik has worked as the head of the Trafó Gallery, Budapest from 1999 until 2001 and as chief curator in Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, where he contributed to the project at the Hungarian Pavilion of 49th Venice Biennale. In 2006 founded and directed ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, an agency for the promotion and development of cooperation between the local and international art scene, and in 2008 he was named director of the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest until 2013. After years of working on non-profit projects and freelancing in 2017 Bencsik and his business partner have started a commercial gallery called Glassard Gallery in Budapest with the intention of providing a sustainable platform for the international visibility of the regional art scene.