Matthias Harder

Biographical Information

Dr. Matthias Harder, born in Kiel in 1965, has been chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin since 2004. He studied art history, classical archaeology and philosophy in Kiel (Christian Albrecht University) and Berlin (Free University). In 2002 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis on the temple photographs of Walter Hege and Herbert List.

During his doctoral studies he served as curator at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin from 1995-99. From 1999-2002 he was guest curator at the Fotomuseum in Munich's Stadtmuseum, where he realised the Herbert List and Stefan Moses retrospectives, which subsequently toured the world with the Goethe Institute. From 2002 to 2004 Harder was director of the Kunstverein Glückstadt (Palais für aktuelle Kunst). Since then he has managed the Helmut Newton Foundation, organising all exhibitions held at the foundation as well as those that go on tour from there.

He also curates photography exhibitions for other prestigious institutions. Harder publishes texts and reviews for international art magazines and writes essays for books and exhibition catalogues. He is also a lecturer, juror, consultant and speaker.

Exhibitions (selection):

  • „Drive Drove Driven. Cars in Contemporary Photography. FO.KU.S, Innsbruck (2018)
  • „Mario Testino. Undressed / Helmut Newton. Unseen / Jean Pigozzi. Pool Party“, Helmut Newton Stiftung, Berlin (2017)
  • „Guy Bourdin. Image Maker / Helmut Newton. A Gun for Hire / Angelo Marino. Another Story“, Helmut Newton Stiftung, Berlin (2017)
  • „Helmut Newton“, FOAM Amsterdam (2016)
  • „WILD. Animals in Contemporary Photography“, Photofestival Minsk und Plaza Gallery, Tokyo (2015)
  • „Helmut Newton. Pages from the Glossies / Greg Gorman: Color Works“, Helmut Newton Stiftung Berlin (2015)
  • „Helmut Newton. White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes“, Palazzo delle Espositioni, Rom (2013), Tre Oci, Venedig und Palazzo Ducale, Genua (2016)
  • „BY NOW. Zeitgenössische weißrussische Fotografie, ifa-Galerie, Berlin / Stuttgart (2014)
  • „Beauty – Flowers in Contemporary Photography”, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung Berlin (2011), Museum Mönchehaus, Goslar (2012) und Tokyo Art Museum (2012)
  • „Helmut Newton“, Fotografiska, Stockholm (2012)
  • „Alice Springs”, Helmut Newton Stiftung, Berlin (2010), kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2011) und Galleria Carla Sozzani, Mailand (2012)
  • „Out of Control – Berlin“, Le Grand Curtius, Photofestival „BIP 2010“, Lüttich (2010, Co-Kurator)
  • „Helmut Newton SUMO”, Helmut Newton Stiftung, Berlin (2009)
  • „Max Scheler“, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2009, Co-Kurator)
  • „Szenen und Spuren eines Falls. Die Berliner Mauer im Fokus der Photographen”, Max Liebermann Haus/Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin (2009, anschließend Ausstellungstournee mit dem Goethe-Institut)

Steven Kohlstock
Steven Kohlstock
Matthias Harder
Curator | Helmut Newton Foundation, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin

Contemporary art
Interdisciplinary projects

Matthias Harder