I’m Johan Deurell – a curator and critic based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Since the beginning of 2018, I’m the exhibition curator at Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg. Before taking on this role, I co-curated the Summer Show at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, which contained works by over 30 international artists, such as Jon Rafman, Alex Da Corte, Austin Lee and Jonas Wood. I have also worked on ‘Adorned Archetypes’, a fashion exhibition shown in Miami, 2016, and at New Orleans Museum of Art, 2018, produced by Museea, London, and Barrett Barrera, St. Louis. Prior to that, I researched postal uniforms for The Post Museum, Stockholm, and their exhibition ‘Uniform(t)’. In 2015, I was affiliated with the Victoria and Albert Museum as a project researcher, studying primary sources from around 1880 to 1940 for their exhibition ‘Plywood’. In 2014-15, I was the assistant curator of ‘Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward’ at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm. I also worked as an assistant curator of ‘White Perspectives’ at Somerset House, London.
In tandem with exhibition curating and research gigs, I’ve been an art critic for Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the art editor of Bon.se, and a contributor to magazines such as AnOther Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Dazed & Confused, Frieze, Form Magazine, and Icon, to name a few. Over the years, I written everything from critical reviews, features and columns to Q&As, reports and news stories. Some of which you can find here on my website. I also co-edited the exhibition catalogue for ‘Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward’.
Lecturing, hosting seminars and other learning experiences, relating to art and design history, is something I enjoy doing. As an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, I taught critical theory, art history and design history, from 2013 to 16. Likewise, I was responsible for a module on Postmodern visual culture and theory at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom for three years. I have also guest lectured at the Royal College of Art, London.
Oh, and by the way, I hold a Masters’ degree in History of Design from Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. Prior to that I completed a BA (Hons) in Criticism, Communication and Curation: Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. I have also undertaken studies in History of Art, and History of Philosophy, at Stockholms universtitet. My studies at RCA/V&A were funded by scholarships from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse and Estrid Ericsons stiftelse.
Please, get in touch with any work related requests.
(Updated January 2018)
Photograph © Jonathan Baron