Atelier Jade Niklai is a research-based curatorial practice delivering unique cultural projects with like-minded individuals, organisations and clients. It is founded by Jade Niklai, a trained art historian and international curator with over 25 years of institutional, collaborative and independent experience.

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Jade Niklai is a curator of art, architecture and design. She commissions and produces cultural projects with an interest in public discourse and urbanism, social politics and memory practices. She has delivered over 50 major exhibitions, 30 new commissions, 25 publications and 120 public events in a variety of institutional, independent and commercial sector posts. Jade’s practice is underscored by compelling conversations and collaborations with colleagues and project partners: ranging from the emerging to the established.


Jade is founding director and chief curator of Blood Mountain (est. 2010): an independent research and curatorial platform based in Vienna and focusing on the cultural past, present and potential of Central Europe. She is also associate curator at Lacuna, a London-based public art agency. In addition, Jade works as an independent consultant, specialising in contemporary arts and culture communication, with clients including art galleries, architects and designers, urban developers and fashion houses. She is a member of ICOM Australia and sits on the editorial board of Reading Design. Jade’s early curatorial posts at The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Architecture Foundation (London) and the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest, Aachen) informed her academic interests, which include an MA in Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a BA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Jade was born in Hungary and raised in Australia. She was educated and trained in the UK and US and calls home London, New York, Melbourne, Vienna and Budapest. She conducts daily life in her native (English, Hungarian) and adopted languages (French, German) and pursues an international curatorial and consultancy practice since 2020 from Melbourne, Australia.

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