Jan Boelen curator of Istanbul Design Biennial 2018

Jan Boelen has been appointed as the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from September 22 to November 4, 2018 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).

Boelen, 50, is the founder and artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Belgium, artistic director of experimental laboratory Atelier LUMA in France, and head of the Social Design masters programme at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

He will become the fourth artistic director of the Istanbul Design Biennial, a showcase for innovative design that takes place in the Turkish capital every two years.

His appointment was made by an advisory board that includes Design Museum chief curator Justin McGuirk, Dresden Museum of Decorative Arts director and e-flux editor Nikolaus Hirsch. The event has previously been overseen by curators including Joseph Grima, Zoë Ryan, and Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley.

The 2018 biennial will take place from 22 September to 4 November 2018, hosted by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and its conceptual framework will be announced in the autumn.