Chus Martínez

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Chus Martínez (born 1972) is a Spanish curator, art historian, and writer. She is currently the director of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, where she also runs the Institute’s exhibition space Der Tank.[1] Additionally, Martínez is the artistic director of Ocean Space, Venice, a space spearheaded by TBA21–Academy that promotes ocean literacy, research, and advocacy through the arts.[2] In 2017, Martínez was curator of KölnSkulptur #9.[3] She sits on the advisory boards of numerous international art institutions, including Castello di Rivoli, Turin; De Appel, Amsterdam; Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg.

Career[edit]

Martínez was chief curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, from 2012–2014.[4] Prior to that she was the head of the department of artistic direction and a member of the core agent group for dOCUMENTA(13), for which she edited, with Bettina Funcke, the series “100 Notes–100 Thoughts.” Formerly, as chief curator at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) (2008–2010), director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–2008), and artistic director at Sala Rekalde, in Bilbao (2002–2005), Martínez has organized numerous exhibitions and publications with contemporary artists.[5] In 2005, she commissioned the Cyprus Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, with artists Panayiotis Michael and Konstantia Sofokleous, and in 2015, Martínez curated the Catalan proposal to the 56th Venice Biennale, with artist Albert Serra. Martínez has also served as curatorial advisor for the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, the 29th São Paulo Art Biennial in 2010, and for the 2008 Carnegie International.

Education[edit]

Martínez studied art history and philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, continuing her studies at the University of Tübingen and at the Free University of Berlin. In 1995, she worked at the Hamburger Bahnhof, in Berlin. Following this, she attended Columbia University and the Center for Curatorial Studies, at Bard College, New York, where she completed her masters.

Exhibitions[edit]

Sala Rekalde[edit]

  • 2004: David Lamelas, "Space/Time/Fiction"[6]
  • 2005: "The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds: Twenty Proposals for Imagining the Future" with Lars Bang Larsen and Carles Guerra[7]
  • 2005: Sharon Lockhart, "Pine Flat"[8]

Frankfurter Kunstverein[edit]

  • 2006: "Ist das Leben nicht schön? Chapter 1: Esra Ersen"[9]
  • 2006: "Ist das Leben nicht schön? Chapter 2: Wilhelm Sasnal"[10]
  • 2007: "Pensée Sauvage? On Freedom"[11]
  • 2008: "The Great Game to Come"[12]
  • 2008: "Ibon Aranberri: Disorder"[13]

Reina Sofia[edit]

MACBA[edit]

  • 2009: Thomas Bayrle, "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"[15]
  • 2009: "The Malady of Writing: A Project on Text and Speculative Imagination"[16]
  • 2009: "Ray Johnson: PLEASE ADD TO & RETURN"
  • 2010: "Are you ready for TV?"[17]
  • 2011: The Otolith Group, "Thoughtform"[18]
  • 2011: Natascha Sadr Haghighian, "Before/After"

Malba[edit]

  • 2015: "The Metabolic Age"[19]

Kunsthaus Hamburg[edit]

  • 2016: "Undisturbed Solitude"[20]

Kunsthalle Basel[edit]

  • 2016: "Every Contact Leaves a Trace" (presented concurrently at Kasko Basel)[21]

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza[edit]

  • 2018: "John Akomfrah: Pruple"[22]
  • 2019: "Amar Kanwar"[23]

Der TANK[edit]

  • 2015: "Fabian Marti: G.I.F.T."[24]
  • 2016: Julieta Aranda, "The Organ: As the Ground Becomes Exposed"[25]
  • 2018: "Eduardo Navarro: Into Ourselves"[26]


Writing[edit]

  • The Octopus in Love[27]
  • The Complex Answer[28]
  • I Want to Be Your Lover, Not Just Be Your Friend: Learning to Escape the Politics of Prediction[29]
  • The Wild Book of Inventions (forthcoming, Sternberg Press)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffmann, Annette. ""Ich will Talente ermutigen"". Basler Zeitung. Basler Zeitung. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "TBA21–Academy, The Current II: Phenomenal Ocean - Announcements - e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  3. ^ "Sculpture Park Cologne Names Chus Martínez Curator of "KölnSkulptur #9"". artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ Cascone, Sarah. "Chus Martínez to Resign from El Museo Del Barrio". Art in America. Art in America. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Chus Martínez appointed Head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel". e-flux. e-fux. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "David Lamelas, "Space/Time/Fiction"". Sala Rekalde. Sala Rekalde. Retrieved September 17, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ ""The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds"". Sala Rekalde. Sala Rekalde. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sharon Lockhart, "Pine Flat"". Sala Rekalde. Sala Rekalde. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  9. ^ ""Ist das Leben nicht schön? Chapter 1: Esra Ersen"". Frankfurter Kunstverein. Frankfurter Kunstverein. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  10. ^ ""Ist das Leben nicht schön? Chapter 2: Wilhelm Sasnal"". Frankfurter Kunstverein. Frankfurter Kunstverein. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  11. ^ ""Pensée Sauvage? On Freedom"". Frankfurter Kunstverein. Frankfurter Kunstverein. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  12. ^ ""The Great Game to Come"". Frankfurter Kunstverein. Frankfurter Kunstverein. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ibon Aranberri. Disorder". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  14. ^ "Deimantas Narkevičius, "The Unanimous Life"". Reina Sofia. Reina Sofia. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "Thomas Bayrle, "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"". MACBA. MACBA. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  16. ^ ""The Malady of Writing: A Project on Text and Speculative Imagination"". MACBA. MACBA. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  17. ^ ""Are you ready for TV?"". MACBA. MACBA. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "The Otolith Group, "Thoughtform"". MACBA. MACBA. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  19. ^ ""The Metabolic Age"". Malba. Malba. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  20. ^ ""The Metabolic Age"". Kunsthaus Hamburg. Kunsthaus Hamburg. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  21. ^ ""Every Contact Leaves a Trace"". Kunsthalle Basel. Kunsthaus Basel. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  22. ^ "Exposición - Purple, by John Akomfrah". Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  23. ^ "Amar Kanwar". Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  24. ^ "der TANK – Fabian Marti". der TANK (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  25. ^ "Julieta Aranda: The Organ: As the Ground Becomes Exposed - Announcements - e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  26. ^ "der TANK – Eduardo Navarro". der TANK (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  27. ^ "The Octopus in Love". e-flux Journal. e-flux. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  28. ^ "The Complex Answer". Berlin Biennale. Berlin Biennale. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  29. ^ "I Want to Be Your Lover, Not Just Be Your Friend: Learning to Escape the Politics of Prediction". Mousse. Mousse. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.