Matthias Harder

Biographical Information

Dr. Matthias Harder, born in 1965 in Kiel, has been the chief curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin since 2004.

Harder studied art history, classical archaeology and philosophy in Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität) and Berlin (Freie Universität). He wrote his M.A. thesis on K. O. Götz in 1994, and gained his PhD in 2002 with a thesis on the temple photographs of Walter Hege and Herbert List.

From 1995 to 1999 Harder also worked as a curator at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin; in 1996 he founded an experimental exhibition space for installation art (“empty rooms”), which he ran until 1999. As a guest curator at the Fotomuseum in the Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich from 1999 to 2002 he organized Herbert List and Stefan Moses retrospectives, before taking on the role of director at Kunstverein Glückstadt (PAK) from 2002 to 2004.

Matthias Harder has also served as a guest curator at the following institutions: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main; Glyptothek, Munich; Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona; IVAM, Valencia; Tokyo Art Museum; Goethe-Institut.

He regularly contributes to international specialist journals such as Photonews, Eikon, Aperture, Eyemazing and Art in America, and has written numerous articles and essays for book publications and exhibition catalogues. His national and international activities also include working as a lecturer, juror, consultant and public speaker.

Exhibitions (selected)

  • “Alice Springs”, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin (2010)
  • “Out of Control – Berlin”, Le Grand Curtius, part of the “BIP 2010” photography festival, Liège (2010, co-curator)
  • “Beauty – Flowers in Contemporary Photography”, Alexander Ochs Galleries, part of the “Caochangdi PhotoSpring” festival, Beijing (2010)
  • “Helmut Newton SUMO”, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin (2009)
  • “Max Scheler”, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2009, co-curator)
  • “Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eyes of Photographers”, Max Liebermann Haus/Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin (2009, followed by a touring exhibition in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut)
  • “Pigozzi and the Paparazzi”, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin (2008)
  • “Helmut Newton FIRED”, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin (2008)

Matthias Harder 2010, Copyright: Rhonda Maria Repotente
Matthias Harder
Curator | Helmut Newton Foundation, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin

Contemporary art
Interdisciplinary projects

Matthias Harder