Dr Martina Weinhart, born in 1963 in Frankfurt am Main, has been a curator at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt since 2001.
Martina Weinhart studied art history, classical archaeology and theatre, film and television science in Frankfurt am Main and Vienna. Her dissertation, “Selbstbild ohne Selbst” (Self-image without self), dealt with the deconstruction of artistic self-portrayal in contemporary art. Weinhart was concurrently employed as an academic coordinator of the interdisciplinary research training group “Psychische Energien bildender Kunst” (Psychological energies of visual art) at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).
Following a number of positions in contemporary art galleries and a time working for the photography collection of the DG Bank, Martina Weinhart became a curator at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in 2001. Among the numerous projects she has organized here are solo exhibitions by Jonathan Meese (“KÉPI BLANC, NACKT”, 2004), Costa Vece (“La fin du monde”, 2004) and Terence Koh (“Captain Buddha”, 2008). She has also curated various surveys and thematic exhibitions on contemporary art such as “At Your Own Risk” (co-curated by Markus Heinzelmann, 2003), “3’” (Schirn Kunsthalle / CGAC Santiago de Compostela / In Progress, Film Festival Locarno; co-curated by Max Hollein and Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2004), “Ideal Worlds. New Romanticism in Contemporary Art” (co-curated by Max Hollein, 2005), “Nothing” (2006) and “Op Art” (2007). In collaboration with Boris Groys she organized “Dream Factory Communism. The Visual Culture of the Stalin Era” (2003) and “Total Enlightenment. Moscow Conceptual Art 1960–1990” (Schirn Kunsthalle / Fundación Juan March, Madrid, 2008).
In 2006 Weinhart devised and organized “KULTURZONE06”, a five-day festival held at Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds, involving films, performances and lectures by internationally renowned scholars, artists, curators, architects and filmmakers as well as a children’s academy.
Martina Weinhart has written and edited numerous publications on contemporary art.