Dr Harriet Zilch, born 1976 in Alzey, is art historian and has been curator for contemporary art at the Kunsthalle in Nuremberg.
Harriet Zilch studied art history and communication 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.
Zilch has been working as curator for contemporary art at the Kunsthalle Nürnberg since 2008. Her curatorial work includes the international group exhibitions "On with the Show. 50 Years Kunsthalle Nürnberg "(2017/18), " Homebase. The Interior in Contemporary Art "(2015/16), " Forever Young. On the Myth of Youth "(2013/14) and " Gold Rush. Contemporary art from, with or about gold "(2012/13) and the monographic exhibitions "Benjamin Houlihan. Salad Days "(2017), " Henriette Grahnert. Sometimes you seem very abstract to me "(2016) and "Alicja Kwade. Waiting for the Present " (2015).
As part of her curatorial activities, Zilch has published numerous catalogues and exhibition-related materials. As a freelance author, she has authored numerous essays and catalogue contributions on contemporary art.