Adam Budak is currently the chief curator of the National Gallery in Prague. Previously, he was the curator for Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Between 2003 and 2011 he was curator for contemporary art at the Kunsthaus Graz Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria. He studied theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and history and philosophy of art and architecture at the Central European University in Prague. He has co-established the postgraduate studies programme in curatorial practice and theory at the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Adam Budak has curated “Architectures: Metastructures of Humanity, Morphic Strategies of Exposure”, exhibition in the Polish Pavilion of the 9th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, 2004, as well as two editions of Prague Biennial (2003, 2005) and Trienala Ladina (2010). He worked with acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois, John Baldessari, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Cerith Wyn Evans and Monika Sosnowska, and has curated a large number of international exhibitions. Adam Budak is the co-curator of MANIFESTA 7 (“Principle Hope”), Trentino Alto Adige (Summer 2008). His recent exhibitions include: “Il Grande Ritratto” by Tatiana Trouve and “The World of Gimel” by Antje Majewski (both in Kunsthaus Graz) as well as “Beyond. Condition of Contemporary Photography” at KUMU Modern Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. He is currently curating an exhibition “The Castle in the Air” (Culture Centre Poznan, Poland) and working on a solo show of Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson for TENT (Rotterdam). Adam Budak has published extensively, and edited a large number of publications, including two-volume anthology of texts on theory and practice of contemporary architecture, “What Is Architecture?” (Krakow, 2002, 2007).