Curator and art-critic, she lives and works in Bourges (F).
After studying Art History, Human Science and Communication in Belgium and Spain, Hilde Teerlinck started her career as artistic coordinator of the Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, where she invited renowned artists such as Jeff Wall, Panamarenko, Thomas Ruff, Hiroshi Sugimoto as well as younger artists like Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster to realize site-specific interventions creating a dialogue with this landmark building.
Afterwards she moved to Perpignan, France, where she founded a “kunsthalle” linked to the local art academy. As curator she invited several young artists from The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, France, Greece, Great Britain or Denmark in this context for exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops.
In 2002 she became the director of the Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain (CRAC Alsace) in Altkirch (on the border with Switzerland), where she developed an innovating project aiming at opening this place, isolated in the countryside, to the widest public, but attached to a strict and demanding international policy. This enabled her to present the work of promising young artists like Andro Wekua, Roy Villevoye, Jeremy Deller or Harmony Korine (most of them showing for the first time in France) as well as well-known artists like On Kawara, Shirin Neshat, Doug Aitken, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, Dan Graham or Rineke Dijkstra. At the same time she remained active as an art-critic and a free-lance curator.
Teerlinck has been the director and chief curator of the FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkirk from 2006 till 2014. This Museum has one of the most prestigious public collections of international art and design in France, containing emblematic works of minimal and conceptual art, Arte Povera, Fluxus, as well as contemporary art and design, photography, video and film. With an essentially nomadic approach to cultural heritage and unique tools of transmission, the Frac Nord- Pas de Calais has progressively become a decisive actor in the cultural development policies of the city, the region and the country, aiming to reduce geographic, social, and cultural disparities and facilitate the discovery of contemporary art by an increasingly diverse public. Convinced of the need to create discussion and exchange, the Frac elaborated an innovating program of activities consisting of concerts, talks, visits, film screenings and performances.
The Frac also organized in recent years important travelling exhibitions and co-productions, developing a strong international network. The acquisitions of the Frac focus on cutting-edge artists: Latifa Ekchach, Javier Tellez, Gabriel Kuri, Isa Genzken, Ahmet Ogüt, Danh Vo, Tord Boontje, Barbara Visser, Deimantas Narkevicius, Erik van Lieshout, Christodolous Panayiotou, Haris Epimaminonda, L.A. Raeven, Manon de Boer, ….
Since her arrival in 2006 she also worked on the new strategic plan and the relocation of the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais : the emblematic building called “AP2”, a former shipyard, a site of 9000 square meters, located in the harbour of Dunkerque, was completely renovated by the architects Lacaton & Vassal (Paris) in order to host both the collection and a space dedicated to innovating temporary exhibitions. To give the building an own identity she developed a number of site-specific productions by Angela Bulloch, Lang and Baumann, Matthew Darbyshire, Otto Berchem and Scott King.
She developed several ground-breaking programs, integrating for example international young curators in her team under the title “H+F curatorial grant”. This ambitious and original initiative was created by Hilde Teerlinck and allowed the FRAC Nord–Pas de Calais (Dunkirk/France) in close partnership with the private collector Han Nefkens (H+F Collection) to give young international curators the opportunity to participate in the development of exhibition projects based on the collection of FRAC. The project was initiated in collaboration with ‘De Appel’ – Amsterdam.
At the moment she is mainly working for the Han Nefkens Foundation in Barcelona where she develops together with its founder (a writer and collector) an international strategic plan for his foundation. The Han Nefkens Foundation supports emerging and mid-career artists by financing production and providing them with an international platform. They do this through a divers program of awards, exhibitions, scholarships and residencies in multidisciplinary areas including the visual arts, fashion and literature. The Han Nefkens Foundation works through a worldwide network of experts and scouts.
She was part of the curatorial team of the Fifth edition of the Beaufort Biennale (Belgium) and is organizing a retrospective exhibition of the Belgian artist Leo Copers in the Ludwig Forum -Aachen/Smak – Gent/M UHKA – Antwerp/ Bozar – Brussels. She also collaborates in a research project with Het Nieuwe Instituut – Rotterdam (an analysis of the impact of the Russian Revolution on the avant garde of today).
In 2015 she made –as curator at large- a show for the Palais de Tokyo/Fondation Bergé (Paris) within the context of the Biennale of Lyon. As guest-curator for the Magasin (Grenoble) she made a retrospective exhibition of Dan Perjovschi. And in the MACBA Barcelona she presented the work of the Egyptian artist Iman Issa.
She’s also an executive member of the Board of ArtAids (for whom she made an exhibition entitled ‘Perfect Lovers’ including artists like General idea, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keren Cytter, Derek Jarman, Nan Goldin or Robert Gober). In Bangkok she made for them a show entitled ‘Access for all’ with Shirin Neshat, Shirana Shahbazi, Lawrence Weiner, Leandro Ehrlich and Rirkrit Tiravanija).
She is member of the Board of the SMAK Museum in Gent (Belgium), consultant of the Open Air Museum Middelheim Antwerpen (Belgium), member of the board of the CNAP (National Centre for Contemporary Art, Paris) and FNAC ( National Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris), board member of the Foundation Roi Baudoin (Brussels). As curator she is guest teacher at the workshops of the HISK in Gent (Belgium).
In 2013 she received from the Ministry of Culture of France the prestigious reward as “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.