Christina Végh

Biographical Information

Christina Végh, born in 1970 in Zurich, has been the director of the Bonner Kunstverein since 2005.

Végh studied art history, ethnology and philosophy in Zurich und Santa Cruz (California), completing her degree with a dissertation on the art of Jorge Pardo. She subsequently worked as a curator at the Kunsthalle Basel from 2000 to 2004, where she latterly held the post of interim director.

Reflecting her strong interest in space/architecture and cultural anthropology, Végh’s curatorial practice is characterized by giving a regional focus to an internationally oriented programme.

Having taken up the position of director at the Bonner Kunstverein in 2005, Végh successfully repositioned the association’s programme, for which it received the Sparda-Bank West award in 2008. The refurbishment of the Bonner Kunstverein building under her direction also gained official recognition in the form of a BDA Nordrhein-Westfalen award in 2010.

In addition to showing individual artists’ work, Végh regularly organizes thematic exhibitions that address socially related issues. The inclusion of presentations by more established artists provides important historical reference points, as with John Baldessari’s 2007 exhibition “Music”, while the possibilities of an exhibition dispositif are explored through unusual exhibition formats such as “Totalschaden” (2006, developed with Gregor Schneider) and artistic collaborations (among others, between Mathias Poledna and Christopher Williams in 2009).

Besides developing the concept for the Bonner Kunstverein’s exhibition programme, Végh quickly made a name for herself by establishing an experimental art education programme for children and young people. Entitled “Kunst-Stück”, it received an award from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2009 in the section “Collaboration”.

Christina Végh’s networking and cultural political activities range from organizing series of events at the Bonner Kunstverein (including “Baukultur in Bonn”, “Piano Plus” and “Zukunft mit Kultur”) to sitting on the board of the working group of German Art Associations (AdKV) since 2008.

Végh is a member of several professional juries and committees, and regularly contributes to art journals such as Parkett and Kunstbulletin.

In 2010 she received a Swiss Art Award for the “communication and education of art and architecture”.

Exhibitions (selected)

  • Charline von Heyl, Bonner Kunstverein, 2012
  • Annette Kelm / Michaela Meise: “Hallo aber”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2011
  • Helen Mirra, Bonner Kunstverein, 2010
  • “Ernste Tiere”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2011
  • Shannon Bool, Bonner Kunstverein, 2010
  • Klara Lidén: “Rumpfflächen und Plünderbanden”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2010
  • Mathias Poledna / Christopher Williams, Bonner Kunstverein, 2009
  • “Eine bessere Welt”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2008
  • Ryan Gander, Bonner Kunstverein, 2008
  • Anne Collier, Bonner Kunstverein, 2008
  • John Baldessari: “Music”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2007
  • Gregor Schneider: “Totalschaden”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2006
  • Jonas Dahlberg / Ján Mancuška: “The first minute of the rest of a movie”, Bonner Kunstverein, 2005
  • Gert & Uwe Tobias, Bonner Kunstverein, 2005
  • “Land Land!”, Kunsthalle Basel, 2003
  • “Personal Plans”, Kunsthalle Basel, 2002

Christina Végh 2005, Copyright: Franz Fischer
Christina Végh
Director | Bonner Kunstverein

Contemporary art
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Conceptual art
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Christina Végh