Dr Eva Schmidt, born in 1957 in Hannover, has been director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen since 2004.
Schmidt studied art theory and history, media theory and philosophy at the universities of Osnabrück, Heidelberg and Hamburg, mastering in 1989 with her dissertation “Zwischen Kino, Museum und Landschaft – Erfahrung und Fiktion bei Robert Smithson” ('Between cinema, museum and landscape – experience and fiction in the work of Robert Smithson'). While an art-historical assistant at the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Münster from 1990 to 1992 she curated exhibitions by Maria Nordman, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Olaf Metzel and Rémy Zaugg.
From 1993 to 2003 Schmidt was director of the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (GAK) in Bremen. During this period she organized numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Alfredo Jaar, Beat Streuli, Dieter Kiessling, Öyvind Fahlström, Peter Doig, Vera Frenkel, Peter Kogler, Terry Fox, Tracey Emin, Jimmie Durham, Ayse Erkmen, Peter Friedl, John Bock, Daniel Richter and Bojan Sarcevic. Exhibitions addressing the issue of the opportunities available for broadening public resonance and the influence of art in cities and in public spaces were held in Bremen in 1998 (“Do All Oceans Have Walls?”) and 2003 (“Niemand ist eine Insel” [No man is an island]), on both occasions in cooperation with Horst Griese, in 1999 (“Futur Perfekt”), 2001 (“City Stripping”) and at the City Gallery Prague (“Time and Space in Megalopolis”).
Besides writing essays regularly for exhibition catalogues, Eva Schmidt has also published texts by the artists Rémy Zaugg, Terry Fox and Robert Smithson (German edition in collaboration with Kai Vöckler) in the context of exhibitions of these artists’ work.
Her most recent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art have featured the work of Peter Piller, Charlotte Posenenske, Jochen Lempert and Stephan Willats, Sigmar Polke and others. Thematic exhibitions include “Tanzen, Sehen” (2007) and “Blickmaschinen” (2008).