Marc-Olivier Wahler at SFAI

Swiss curator Marc-Olivier Wahler shares insights from his years of experience in the contemporary art world.

Event Details


San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, California 94133 United States


April 27, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Marc-Olivier Wahler is regarded as a fearless advocate for artists and one of the most inventive cross-disciplinary curators working internationally.

His recent exhibitions include Synchronicity, an art-science immersive installation by Swiss artist Robin Meier that features pulsing fireflies and crickets, and The Hidden World, a collection of vernacular religious materials belonging to Californian artist Jim Shaw.

Join him at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) when he stops by to offer students and the public insight into his practice.


With a career spanning twenty years, Marc-Olivier Wahler currently serves as founding director of Paris’s Chalet Society, artistic advisor for Amsterdam’s De Appel Arts Center and the Contemporary Istanbul International Art Fair, and founding director of Portugal’s Transformer Sculpture Park. He is the former director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Swiss Institute in New York, and the Centre d’Art Neuchâtel (CAN), Switzerland.

Wahler has curated over 400 exhibitions, and has received numerous honors for his achievements including the 2013 Meret Oppenheim Prize—Switzerland’s most prestigious cultural award in the contemporary arts— and France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has recently been appointed Director of Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.



Photo: Myleen Hollero