Dr Melitta Kliege, born in 1962 in Düsseldorf, is director of exhibitions at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg.
Kliege studied art history, Japanology and comparative religious studies in Cologne, Bonn and Berlin, obtaining her doctorate in 1996 under Professor Werner Busch with a thesis on art in the 1960s. Based on the work of Joseph Beuys and Antoni Tàpies, her dissertation explores the changing relationship between the work of art and the viewer, and the growing importance of the idea of participation. From 1996 to 1998 Kliege worked as an art-historical assistant at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, where she was responsible, among others, for the retrospective “Bruce Nauman. Versuchsanordnungen”. Subsequently she was appointed director of exhibitions at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, belonging to the founder team of this state-funded museum of contemporary art. Here she has been responsible for a series of exhibitions about the development of art over the last fifty years, including “Abstrakte Kunst” in 2000; “70/90” in 2004 and “Kunst als Kommentar” in 2006, or the much acclaimed retrospective “Richard Artschwager. Up and Across” in 2001.
Since 1990 she has also organized exhibitions and events on her own initiative. Kliege has worked for galleries and numerous art institutions, including the ICA in London, Gallery Schmela and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, and the Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland. With an exhibition in a former Berlin margarine factory she contributed to the legendary 1992 Kunst-Werke project “37 Räume”; in 1993 at the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (NGBK), she conceived the exhibition “Integrale Kunstprojekte” about project art in public spaces that took place all over Berlin; and for the Kunsthalle St. Gallen she drafted a twin exhibition project. She has made a name for herself with numerous succinct publications on contemporary art, such as her monographic study about Artschwager or her book “Formen des Erzählens” about narrative forms in sculpture in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, Kliege has held various teaching posts, given lectures about contemporary art and has been appointed to specialist jury panels. She has been a member of the IKT (International Association of Contemporary Art Curators) since 1993.