Jurriaan Benschop is a Dutch writer and curator who is based in Athens and Berlin. In his book Why Painting Works (2023) he navigates the diverse landscape of contemporary painting. For his previous book Salt in the Wound he traveled across the European continent, to speak with leading contemporary artists about their work and artistic roots. In spring 2021 he worked as a writer in residence at Saari Residence in Finland.

For Artforum magazine he has reviewed more than 70 exhibitions. Further reviews, interviews and essays were published on Arterritory, in DAMN, Elephant and The Brooklyn Rail as well as in numerous exhibition catalogs and artist books.

Among the exhibitions he curated are Wo man sich trifft (Emsdettener Kunstverein, 2023), What We Learn from Land and Sea (Cycladic Arts, Paros, 2023), Taking Root at KIT Düsseldorf (2019-20), Content is a Glimpse (2018-19) at Efremids Gallery Berlin, Re: Imagining Europe (2017) at Box Freiraum, A Matter of Touch (2020) at Torstrasse 111 in Berlin and A Grammar of Gestures (2021-22) at Kourd Gallery in Athens.

As a visiting lecturer he regularly travels to art schools in Europe and the USA , for lectures, studio visits and to conduct writing workshops. Among the schools he visited are Indiana University, Bloomington, University of Arkansas, University of Chicago, University of South Carolina Aiken, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the University of the Arts Helsinki, the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga.

Portrait author: © Marc Mulders, 2021