Beatrice von Bismarck

Biographical Information

Professor Beatrice von Bismarck is professor for art history and visual studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig and programme director of the academy’s own gallery. She lives in Berlin and Leipzig.

From 1989 to 1993 she worked at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie in Frankfurt am Main as curator of the department of 20th-century art and was responsible for organizing solo exhibitions of artists such as Richard Long, Bruce Nauman (1991), Dan Flavin and Jürgen Partenheimer (1993). From 1993 to 1999 she then worked at the University of Lüneburg, where together with Diethelm Stoller and Ulf Wuggenig she founded the “Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg”. The exhibition projects she carried out there include: “Services” with Andrea Fraser/Helmut Draxler (1994), “Öffentlich/Privat” with Thomas Locher/Peter Zimmermann (1996), “Renée Green: The Digital Import/Export Funk Office” (1996-1997), “Christian Philipp Müller: Der Campus als Kunstwerk” (1997-1998) and, in collaboration with Hans-Peter Feldmann, “Interarchive” (1999-2002).

Modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice are central to Beatrice von Bismarck’s work approach. Among the fields of research with which she is currently preoccupied are the concept of artistic work, the aesthetic, social and political possibilities of curatorial work, the implications of globalization for the cultural sphere and the functions of the postmodern image of the artist.

In 2000, together with Alexander Koch, von Bismarck initiated the /D/O/C/K Project Department of the HGB Leipzig. Exhibitions previously shown here include: “3 Tage: Herstellen von Öffentlichkeit: Künstlerische Selbstorganisation” (2000) with Julie Ault, Dresden; “be creative! Der kreative Imperativ” (2002) in collaboration with Marion von Osten, the Institut für Theorie der Gestaltung und Kunst and the Museum of Design, both in Zurich; and “Raumvermittlung” (2006) with Dorit Margreiter, Leipzig.

In the year the gallery of the HGB Leipzig was reopened Beatrice von Bismarck conceived a programme of exhibitions and events titled “Grenzbespielungen. Performativität und Übergangszonen” (2001/2002). Contributors included Ursula Biemann, Roger M. Buergel, Harun Farocki, Christian Jankowski, Monika Löw, Gordon Matta-Clark, Angela Melitopoulos, Christian Philipp Müller, Ruth Noack, Walid Ra’ad, Gerald Raunig, Juliane Rebentisch, Oliver Ressler, Irit Rogoff, Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl.

Beatrice von Bismarck 2006, Copyright:HGB Leipzik
Beatrice von Bismarck
Programme director | Gallery of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig

Contemporary art
Interdisciplinary projects
Cultural production
Artistic conceptions of work
Curatorial practices
Culture and globalization
Functions of the artists’ image after modernism