Nina Möntmann

Biographical Information

Dr Nina Möntmann, born in 1969, is a curator, critic and writer based in Hamburg.

Nina Möntmann studied art history at the University of Hamburg; her dissertation on social space in contemporary art was published in 2001 by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Nina Möntmann is a professor at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, where she heads the department of “Art Theory and the History of Ideas”. Until 2006 she worked as a curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) in Helsinki, where she curated “Spaces of Conflict” (Rooseum, Malmö; Secession, Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; Kunsthalle Helsinki) and “Opacity” (UKS, Oslo; Secession, Vienna). She is a correspondent for Artforum and Le Monde Diplomatique, and contributes regularly to art journals and magazines such as Parachute, Paletten, Texte zur Kunst and De-Bug. In addition to teaching posts at the University of Hamburg, the Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå and the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah, she also held a guest professorship at the University of the Arts in Bremen.

In 2005 Möntmann travelled to India in the context of a newly established Goethe-Institut residency programme for artists and curators. On the basis of her stay there she developed an exhibition project entitled "The global and the village: Parallel economies in India", which was presented in late 2006 at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (with Shaina Anand, Open Circle, Gigi Scaria, Christoph Schäfer, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Shilpa Phadke und Bishaka Datta (PUKAR), Abhinandita Mathur, Roshani Jhadav, Neelam Ayare and Karan Arora) . In 2007, she curated the panel discussion "ReForming India - Artistic Collectives Bend International Art Practices" for the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School in New York and the Armenian Pavillion for the 52nd Venice Biennial. Other recent projects include the group exhibition “Communities” (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2008), Manifesta 7 (2008, in the role of curatorial advisor) and participation in the long-term Israeli/Palestinian art project “Liminal Spaces”.

Publications (selected):

  • Nina Möntmann (ed.), "Art and its Institutions", London 2006.
  • Nina Möntmann, Dorothee Richter (eds.), "Die Visualität der Theorie vs. Die Theorie des Visuellen", Frankfurt/Main 2004.
  • Nina Möntmann, Yilmaz Dziewior (eds.), "Mapping a City", Ostfildern/Ruit 2004.
  • Nina Möntmann, "Kunst als sozialer Raum", Köln 2002.

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Independent curator | Hamburg

Contemporary art
Public art
Artists' collectives
Art as social space
Interdisciplinary projects

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