Alte Hasen: Jan Hoet in conversation with Amine Haase
Jan Hoet (born 1936 in Leuven/Belgium) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gent. Simultaneously he completed a course in art history and archaeology at Ghent University, where he later became doctor honoris causa. In 1969 he founded the Westhoek Academy where he continued as a professor until 1975. Subsequently he was until 2001 the director of the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst S. M. A. K. in Ghent. In 1988 he was awarded the prize Passe Partout for the best European exhibition of the year 1986 for Chambre d’Amis. For this exhibition 70 inhabitants of Ghent opened their private homes to stage an art installation. In 1992 he curated as artistic director the documenta IX. Hoet was executive director of the group exhibition Ripple Across the Water whose parts were presented in 1995 in different venues all over Japan on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 2001 he curated the exhibition Sonsbeek 9 in Arnheim. In the same year he became the director of MARTa Herford, which he directed until 2008. Jan Hoet works as an independent curator.
Amine Haase is an independent art critic living in Cologne and Paris. She studied art history, Romance studies and communication at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich where she also completed her PhD. She wrote about visual art as an editor in the culture section of the newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. She also worked as a writer for magazines such as Kunstforum International for which she edited numerous themed volumes about for instance documenta (IX, X, 11) and Radical Painting. In 1991 she edited a publication with the title Gespräche mit Künstlern (Conversations with Artists, Wienand Verlag, Cologne). Amine Haase produces films on artists for arte and writes articles and essays for international catalogues and magazines.