Nikolaus Hirsch is a professor, the dean of the Städelschule and director of Portikus, the art gallery that constitute an important reference for contemporary art in Frankfurt and worldwide.
Hirsch has given important contributes for the reflection about the constitution of an exhibition space, through the projects developed in Cologne, Berlin, and recently in India. His work includes the internationally acclaimed Dresden Synagogue, the Hinzert Document Center, the European Kunsthalle in Cologne and United Nations Plaza (with Anton Vidokle) in Berlin. He has curated ErsatzStadt: Repräsentationen des Urbanen at the Berlin Volksbühne. His work has been awarded a number of prizes, including the World Architecture Award 2002, and has been shown in exhibitions such as New German Architecture in Berlin, Utopia Station at the Venice Biennial and Can Buildings Curate, AA London/Storefront Gallery in New York.
Marco De Michelis will face Nikolaus Hirsch with some crucial questions: what is the need to create a new exhibition art centre? On who's advantage? Which is its bets location within the urban structure? It is preferable the use of a preexistent building or the construction of a new venue? What forms of governance to use? Which should its terrains of activity be?