A 30 Minute Chat With Jan Hoet About Art
Curated by Michaël Bieriemans & Richy Richter
The great contemporary art director Jan Hoet, who organized multiple major exhibitions in Belgium, was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent and curated Germany’s Documenta art fair, has died on February 27.
“Mr. Hoet was known for his outspokenness and criticized art snobs and politicians who did not get the point of modern art. In the process, his rasping, down-to-earth style brought contemporary art within the reach of everyone, making him a beloved Belgian cultural icon. His fame spilled beyond the border and he became curator for major exhibitions from Germany to China.”
We interviewed Jan Hoet as an expert for our Art Issue back in 2010. The interview was an informal encounter in the man’s own home in Ghent.
In honour of Jan we decided to edit the entire interview and share it with the world.
Our editor Michaël and partner in sound Richy worked on this over the course of the two days following the passing of Jan Hoet.
We hope you enjoy listening to it.
In memory of Jan Hoet