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, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thomas Ruff 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 artacademy. As artistic director she invited young artists from The Netherlands, 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, Tim Eitel, 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 Tracey Moffatt. At the same time she remained active as an art-critic and a free-lance curator, showing for example for the first time the work of Ugo Rondinone or Erwin Wurm in Belgium or participating as curator in the Biennale of Montreal.
Teerlinck has been the director 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 performanc