Dr Gabriele Knapstein, born in 1963 in Freiburg/Breisgau, has been living in Berlin since 1985. The trained art historian and curator works as a research assistant at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
Knapstein studied art history, history and philosophy at Freiburg, Bochum and Berlin. In 1999 she wrote her doctor’s thesis on George Brecht’s event scores from 1959–63 (“George Brecht: Events. Über die Event-Partituren von George Brecht aus den Jahren 1959–63,” published by the Wiens Verlag in Berlin).
While working at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Knapstein was involved in producing two exhibitions, “Fluxus in Deutschland 1962–1994” (1995) and “QUOBO. Art in Berlin 1989–1999” (1998–2000), as well as supervising touring exhibitions to Asia, the Pacific region, South America and Eastern Europe. From 1999 to 2001 she worked as a museum assistant at the Nationalgalerie in the Hamburger Bahnhof and in the Kunstbibliothek, and was involved in organizing exhibitions such as “The 20th century: A century of art in Germany” (1999) and “After the Wall. Art and culture in post-Communist Europe” (2000–2001).
Together with Ingrid Buschmann and Matthias Osterwald, Knapstein has been responsible since 1999 for the conception and execution of the concert series “Musikwerke Bildender Künstler” (featuring musical works by visual artists) for the Hamburger Bahnhof and other partner organizations. Besides various other independent activities, in 2003/2004 she curated as research assistant, in collaboration with Eugen Blume and Joachim Jäger, the “Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof” at the Hamburger Bahnhof. Knapstein was the curator of "Berlin North. Zeitgenössische Künstler aus den nordischen Ländern in Berlin" (Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2004). In 2006 she was responsible for organizing, amongst others, the exhibition “Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. The art of two cities.” shown at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.