Harriet Zilch

Biographical Information

Harriet Zilch studied art history and communication with an emphasis on journalism at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, and obtained her doctorate in 2005 on the topic “Die Engelsdarstellungen im Werk von Paul Klee. Verwendung und Verfremdung eines religiösen Sujets” (“the depictions of angels in the work of Paul Klee: employment and alienation of a religious subject”).

From 2005 to 2008, Zilch worked as assistant curator at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, and in that framework was in charge of the project coordination of various exhibitions. Among the exhibitions she supervised were “Stephan Balkenhol” (2006) under the curatorial direction of Matthias Winzen and “Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? Positions in Color Field Painting” (2007) and “Nairy Baghramian. The Walker's Day Off” (2008) under the curatorial direction of Karola Kraus.

Within the framework of her curatorial activities, Zilch has developed the concepts of numerous catalogues and other publications accompanying exhibitions, and published the following catalogue contributions (selected examples):

  • “Goldene Zeiten in der Gegenwartskunst”, in: Goldrausch. Gegenwartskunst aus, mit oder über Gold, cat. Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, 2012, pp. 10–35.
  • “Among Heroes”, in: Among Heroes: Pre-Images in Contemporary Art, cat. Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Bielefeld, 2011, pp. 30–102.
  • “Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit. Silvia Bächli und Eric Hattan in der Kunsthalle Nürnberg”, in: Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan. Schnee bis im Mai, cat. Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Cologne, 2011, pp. 5–10, 59–64.
  • “El Dorado: On the Promise of Human Rights”, in: El Dorado: On the Promise of Human Rights, cat. Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Bielefeld, 2009, pp. 18–45.
  • “Stephan Balkenhol's Images of Man in the Context of the Sculptural Tradition”, in: Stephan Balkenhol, cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Cologne, 2006, pp. 200–19.

In addition to her curatorial activities, Zilch works as a free-lance author, in which capacity she has written numerous essays and catalogue contributions on contemporary art. Her most recent publications are:

  • “Nomaden der Gegenwart. Über die mobilen Wohnsysteme von Winfried Baumann”, in: Winfried Baumann. Urban Nomads, Nuremberg, 2013.
  • “The Blind Spot”, in: What about Sunday? Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan, cat. MK Gallery, UK, 2012, n. p.
  • “Mircea Cantor. Flugzeuge und Engel”, in: Räume der Erinnerung, cat. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 51–55.

Harriet Zilch
Harriet Zilch
Harriet Zilch
Curator | Kunsthalle Nürnberg

Contemporary art
Media art
Conceptual art

Harriet Zilch