Sabine Maria Schmidt

Biographical Information

Dr Sabine Maria Schmidt, born in 1968 near Osnabrück, is a Düsseldorf-based curator, writer and critic specializing in contemporary art, new media and classical modernism.

Having studied art history, musicology and German, Schmidt completed her doctorate with Jürg Meyer zur Capellen at the WWU in Münster on “Die öffentlichen Monumente von Eduardo Chillida” (The public monuments of Eduardo Chillida). Following periods of study in Italy, Spain and France, she completed a traineeship at the Kunsthalle Bremen, where she was involved in reopening the museum after a period of renovation (1998) and, as assistant to Wulf Herzogenrath, she also worked on the Nam June Paik retrospective in 1999.

Sabine Maria Schmidt worked for a time as a freelance writer for art journals and radio, combining these activities with a lecturing post at the University of the Arts in Bremen, and later at the University of Duisburg-Essen. For several years she was responsible for the “Bremen Award for Video Art” presented by the Filmbüro Bremen, and as a curator of media art she was also involved in the foundation phase of the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg. In 2002 she took up the post of curator of painting and graphic art at the Foundation Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg. From 2007 to 2011 she was curator of contemporary art at the Museum Folkwang in Essen.

As a writer and editor Schmidt has published numerous essays, inventory catalogues and monographs on contemporary art and classical modernism. Her work focuses on examining the possible functions of art in today’s world, the moving image (in its spatialized form), the image as a document and an aesthetic event, the relationship between fact and fiction, the interaction of different visual media and traditions and art in public space; many of her projects involve close collaboration with artists over long periods of time.

Exhibitions (selected)

  • Aernout Mik, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2011
  • “Captured while Vanishing”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2010
  • “Hacking the City”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2010
  • “Residual. Intervenciones artisticas en la ciudad”, artistic interventions in Mexico City, Mexico, 2010 (co-curator)
  • Runa Islam, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2008
  • “Fusion / Confusion. Zur Kunst der Referenz”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2008
  • Atelier van Lieshout, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2008
  • Romana Schmalisch, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2007
  • “Designing Truth”, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2006
  • Korpys/Löffler, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2004
  • Yves Netzhammer, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2003
  • “So near, so far. Painting in Germany and Spain 1945 – 1960”, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2003
  • “Tactics of the Ego”, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2003
  • “ZeitRaumGeschichte”, contemporary media art, part of the Council of Europe exhibition “Otto the Great, Magdeburg and Europe”, Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, 2001

Sabine Maria Schmidt 2008, Copyright: Museum Folkwang Essen
Sabine Maria Schmidt
Free-lance Curator and writer, Düsseldorf

Art in public space
Art mediation
Contemporary art
Interdisciplinary projects

Sabine Maria Schmidt