Marius Babias

Biographical Information

Marius Babias, born in 1962 in Suceava in Romania, is a curator, art historian and university lecturer living in Berlin. He has been director of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) since 2008.

Between 2001 and 2003 Babias worked as artistic co-director of the exhibition project Kokerei Zollverein | Contemporary Art and Criticism in Essen. He was co-director of the art in public spaces project “weitergehen” initiated by the culture department of the city of Hamburg 'Kulturbehörde Hamburg'. He was appointed co-curator of the 7th Periferic Biennial in Iasi in Romania in 2006, and commissioner of the Romanian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. In addition, in the last few years Babias has curated various other exhibitions such as “The New Europe” at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, in 2005, “Handlungsformate” at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, in 2005 and “Check-In Europe” at the European Patent Office in Munich in 2006.

Babias studied literature and politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1997 to 2001 he held posts as visiting professor for art theory and art education and communication at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, at the Kunstuniverstität Linz and at the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu in Japan. He is currently a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). As an art critic Babias also contributes to magazines such as Kunstforum International, Kunst-Bulletin and Metropolis M. In 1996 he was awarded the Carl Einstein Prize for art criticism. Babias has published numerous works and exhibition catalogues on contemporary art and art theory, and was author of various publications including “Herbstnacht” (Berlin, 1990), “Ich war dabei, als… Interviews 1990–2000” (Frankfurt/Main, 2001), “Ware Subjektivität – Eine Theorie-Novelle” (Munich, 2002) and “Berlin. Die Spur der Revolte” (Cologne, 2006).

Exhibitions (selected):

  • Candida Höfer Nach Berlin, n.b.k. Berlin, 2016/2017
  • Clemens von Wedemeyer  P.O.V., n.b.k. Berlin, 2016
  • Luca Vitone Imperium., n.b.k. Berlin, 2014
  • Katharina Grosse, n.b.k. Berlin, 2014
  • Valérie Favre. Selbstmord, n.b.k. Berlin, 2013

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Marius Babias
Director | Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

Contemporary art
Art in public space
Interdisciplinary projects

Marius Babias