Dr Gabriele Mackert is curator of the art collections of the 18th to the 21st centuries in the Hessische Staatsmuseum in Darmstadt.
Mackert studied art, aesthetics and art history, and German language and literature in Braunschweig. She did her doctorate on Marcel Broodthaers' open letters. Since 1994 she has worked in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg's art education programme, as a research assistant at the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. There she recently edited the conference proceedings "Humans make Nature. Landscapes of the Anthropocene“.
From 1998 to 2003 she served as curator of the Kunsthalle Wien and from 2005 to 2008 she was director of the Society for Contemporary Art (GAK) Bremen, where she was responsible for numerous international exhibitions. In 2005 she conceived and organised Austria's artistic contribution to the World Expo in Aichi, Japan.
Solo exhibitions include Nikki S. Lee, Yinka Shonibare, Ulf Aminde, Simon Lewis, Nicole Six/Paul Petritsch, Ana Torfs, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Alice Creischer, Marcel Broodthaers and Santiago Sierra. Thematic exhibitions include “Kunst findet Stadt: A Lucky Strike“; “Permanent Produktiv“, “Attack! Kunst und Krieg in Zeiten der Medien“. (i.e. "Art Finds City: A Lucky Strike"; "Permanently Productive"; "Attack! Art and War in Medial Times").