Long Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to host an in-conversation session with Curator Anya von Gosseln on Saturday, May as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2021, Roots and Shoots Programme.
Throughout her career, Anya has worked with national and international artists as well as distinguished museums and collectors worldwide. In 2021, she will curate an exhibition of artists working in Ireland and Germany. Running between four venues in Berlin and Wuppertal, the exhibition links with Galerie GRÖLLE Pass Projects, and showcases work exploring an historical connection between South East Ireland and the Rhineland. Anya worked in Haute Couture in New York between 1960-69 before embarking on her career as a gallerist. She co-owned and managed Galerie de Gestlo in Bremen, Hamburg, and later Cologne participating in the Basel and Cologne Art Fairs throughout the seventies.
In 1984, after a move to Ireland, she was appointed an Administrator of ROSC in Dublin and worked with Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner, Ellsworth Kelly, David Nash, Richard Long, Leon Golub, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and many others. Following this, she was entrusted with the care of the Ulrich Rueckriem exhibition space at Huntington Castle in Clonegal and worked with the renowned sculptor in placing eight related monumental pieces in the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
With an abiding passion for the life and work of Eileen Gray, Anya was one of the first to encourage a deeper appreciation of her work in County Wexford curating events on the designer’s life and work at Wexford Arts Centre and Lost Weekend as well as later in Newtown Barry House with an exhibition titled After&Since (Eileen Gray). She founded the Eileen Gray Society of Ireland in the mid-1990s while running her Dublin gallery Art in Progress (1992-1999).