Curator for Old Masters–1850 / Curator for Prints and Drawings, 1900–contemporary art

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design – Department of Old Masters and Modern Art, is looking for two Curators:

Curator for Old Masters–1850

Curator for Prints and Drawings, 1900–contemporary art

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is Norway's largest museum, receiving around 650,000 visitors each year. We collect, preserve, exhibit, disseminate and research the nation's largest collections of art, architecture and design. Our four museum buildings in Oslo run a varied programme of exhibitions, a number of which tour nationally and internationally. The National Museum currently has a staff of 150 with expertise in a wide range of fields.

We are currently preparing to relocate from the present museum buildings to a new building at Vestbanen in 2020. With 55,000 m2 of floor space, the new National Museum will be one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. Its ambition is to inspire new generations of art enthusiasts. We wish to attract more diverse and broader audiences using approaches that are bold, playful, generous and educational.

The National Museum is committed to diversity and encourages qualified candidates to apply, regardless of age, gender, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The National Museum is an Inclusive-Workplace establishment.

The Department of Old Masters and Modern Art is responsible for managing and documenting the museum's art collections from antiquity to about 1965 (prints and drawings up to the present) and for making them accessible via exhibitions, the print room, publications and through digital media.

The two positions involve the responsibility for planning and realisation of exhibitions, collection work, research and the development of the department's expertise and activities. The successful candidates will also actively participate in projects and the processes relating to preparations for the relocation to, and the opening of, the new National Museum.

Special requirements for the position Curator Old Masters-1850:

The position involves particular responsibility for the museum's collection of painting and sculptures from antiquity and Old Masters up to the mid-19th century.

Responsibilities

• Routine and specialist management of the art collection named above (from antiquity to mid-19th century) including administrative and practical work

• Planning and realisation of exhibitions

• Further development of national and international networks, and external representation of the museum relevant to the field of specialisation

• Participation in departmental meetings, programming work and internal routines

• Answering written and oral enquiries from visitors and researchers

• Making proposals to the museum's acquisition committee

• The successful candidate will be required to both conduct and participate in research and development work

• Other tasks as agreed with immediate superior

Special requirements for the position Curator Prints and Drawing – 1900–contemporary art:

The position involves particular responsibility for the field of paper-based art (and photography prior to 1945), with primary emphasis on international material from the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

Responsibilities

• Routine and specialist management of the collection of paper-based art including administrative and practical work with the collection, based on expert knowledge of the field, and related dissemination in the reading room

• Planning and realisation of exhibitions

• Further development of national and international networks, and external representation of the museum relevant to the field of specialisation

• Participation in departmental meetings, programming work and internal routines

• Answering written and oral enquiries from visitors and researchers

• Making proposals to the museum's acquisition committee

• The successful candidate will be required to both conduct and participate in research and development work.

• Other tasks as agreed with immediate superior

 

Qualifications for both positions

• A minimum of an MA in art history. For senior curator status, a PhD is required

• Proven expertise in the specialist field as described. A list of publications submitted with the application

• A minimum of three years' relevant museum experience as exhibition curator

• Excellent written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian and English, and preferably another European language as well, such as French, Italian or Dutch (foreign applicants are expected to acquire Norwegian within a reasonable period of time)

• Access to a broad international network in the field

• Good computer skills and an ability to keep abreast of relevant software developments

 

Personal qualities

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and great flexibility

• Ability to enthuse others, to inspire team spirit, and to contribute to open debates

• Knowledge of and interest in collection work is essential

• Meticulousness, reliability and a capacity to get things done

• Good communications skills

 

We offer

• An exciting job

• Salary corresponding to government pay scale, NOK 467,700–614,700

• Good pension and social insurance

• Reasonably priced canteen

• Flexible working hours

 

 

Application deadline:

2 May, 2016

Start: As soon as possible

Percentage of full-time position: 100%

Permanent

Contact:

Dr. Nils Ohlsen

Director for old masters and modern art

(+47) 21 98 20 00

 

Miriam Nordgård

HR advisor – for assistance in registering CVs and applications

(+47) 90 29 59 98 / 21 98 20 00

 

For applying, send your CV and application to miriam.nordgard@nasjonalmuseet.no.

Workplace: Kristian August Gate 23, 0164 Oslo