(*1966, Liberec, Czechoslovakia)
Michal Koleček is a professor at the Department of History and Theory of Art, Faculty of Art and Design, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in v Ústí nad Labem. He has dealt with the history and theory of art and design with an emphasis on contemporary artistic expressions, curatorial studies with an emphasis on the development of contemporary curatorial practice, and socialization of contemporary art. In his studies published both in the Czech Republic and abroad, he has primarily dealt with theoretical reflection of the latest developments on the Czech and Central European art scene with an emphasis on art that works with a specific social context and uses a variety of participatory, performative and cooperative tendencies, putting these developments into a wider socio-cultural context. As a curator of exhibitions, he has collaborated with the National Gallery in Prague, the Prague City Gallery, the Brno House of Arts, the West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen, the Central Bohemian Gallery in Kutná Hora, the North Bohemian Gallery of Fine Arts in Litoměřice, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, and with the Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig, Germany), the Kunst im Őffentlichen Raum (Vienna, Austria), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rijeka, Croatia), the Pori Art Museum (Finland), the Kunsthalle Košice (Slovakia), the Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest (Hungary), the Galeria Arsenał (Białystok, Poland), the TRAFO (Szczecin, Poland), Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland), etc. Currently, he is also the chief curator of the LUNGOMARE ART project in the programme RIJEKA 2020 – European Capital of Culture (Croatia).