Susanne Altmann

Biographical Information

  • Susanne Altmann lives and works as an art historian, independent curator and writer in Dresden.

    She studied art history and philosophy in Dresden and at the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 1998/99 she worked at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, and in 2004 she was awarded a research grant from the University of Oxford for “Art in Transition – a study investigating economic conditions for contemporary art in former communist countries of Europe”. Altmann has published widely on art in post-communist countries, public art and contemporary feminist and gender-based art. Her published work includes numerous essays and contributions to monographs on artists such as Nancy Spero, Magdalena Jetelova and Franka Hörnschemeyer.

    In 2014/2015 Susanne Altmann was commissioned by the Goethe-Institut to conduct research and give lectures in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Iran in preparation for a regional video project on the theme of “Gender & Identity”. Since 2010 she has been the artistic director of the International Summer Academy for Visual Arts in Dresden, and has held an English-language lecturing post at Dresden Academy of Fine Arts since 2011 as part of the Erasmus/DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) programme. Altmann previously taught at TU Dresden and the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, among others. In 2005 she planned and organised the German-Polish conference “Mechanismen des Vergessens/Mechanizmy Zapominania” in Dresden (conference proceedings published in 2006; supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation). From 2007 to 2009 she published the magazine hub.zur kunst (with S. Mühlenberend and M. Berninger) at the Kunstverein Leipzig. Since 2000 Susanne Altmann has been a regular correspondent and writer for art. Das Kunstmagazin, focusing on Eastern European and critical art.

    Susanne Altmann has served on numerous advisory boards and juries, including: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung exhibition and catalogue award (since 2014); Leopold Bloom Art Award Budapest (2015); Jindřich Chalupecký Award for contemporary Czech art (chair, 2008–10); advisory board of the Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen; and the visual arts advisory board of the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts.

    Exhibitions (selected):

    • “RE:BELLION // RE:LIGION // RE:FORM. Artistic action in times of crisis” (mit Ganzeer, Nina Paley, Markus Draper, Pala Pothupithye, Viktoria Lomasko, LUBOK, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Jacques Callot u. v. a.) Kunstsammlung Zwickau/ Kunstsammlung Reutlingen (2015/ 2016) 
    • „Akwaaba – Fufu Bowls from Ekumfi Ekrawfo“ mit Antje Schiffers/ International Village Shop, Ghana 2012-2015
    • “UPDATE/ POSTMEMORY. International Video Art with an Eastern Perspective” (mit Leopold Kessler, Dalibor Martinis, Almagul  Menlibayeva, Nika Oblak & Primoz Nowak, Martina Wolf u.a.) Motorenhalle Dresden (2014)
    • “Nancy Spero. The Rebirth”, Festspielhaus Hellerau Dresden (2012)
    • „A woman’s work is never done“, A.I.R. Gallery, New York City (2011)
    • „Entdeckt! Rebellische Künstlerinnen aus der späten DDR“, Kunsthalle Mannheim, (2011)
    • “Dalibor Martinis. Data Recovery.Videoarbeiten1976 – 2011”, Motorenhalle Dresden, (2011)
    • „Zellinnendruck. Künstlerzeitschriften und Künstlerbücher der DDR“, Neues Museum Nürnberg (2010)
    • „Lines on the Move - Biennale der Zeichnung“ für den Zeichnerverband Norwegen (m. Stefan Schröder); Momentum Hall, Moss (2010)
    • „Über Tage. Kunstprojekte für das Lausitzer Seenland“ (m. Katerina Seda, Joanna Rajkowska, Antje Schiffers u.a.) (2007 bis 2009)
    • ”Let’s Talk about Sex. Sexualität und Körperlichkeit in der Gegenwartskunst” (u.a. m.Charles Atlas, Birgit Brenner, Ann Sofi Siden, Nancy Spero, Hannah Wilke), Kunsthaus Dresden (Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Hygiene-Museum Dresden), (2001)

Susann Altmann 2015
Susanne Altmann 2015
Susanne Altmann
Art historian, freelance curator and writer| Dresden

Contemporary art
Transition countries/ Eastern Europe
Art in public space

Susanne Altmann