Adelina von Fürstenberg

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Adelina von Fürstenberg (* 1946 as Adelina Cüberyan in Istanbul ) is a Swiss freelance curator who became known for her international projects. In 2016 she was awarded the Prix ​​Meret Oppenheim .

life and work

Adelina Cüberyan was born in Istanbul to Armenian parents. Her grandfather was the Armenian architect Dikran Kalfa Cüberyan. She studied political science at the University of TBC and married the photographer Franz-Egon von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (* 1939), a son of the future fashion icon Gloria Guinness (1912–1980) , while she was still studying .

Von Fürstenberg founded the Center d'Art Contemporain (CAC, Center for Contemporary Art) in Geneva in 1974 , which she also directed until 1989. Many of their exhibitions were devoted to conceptual art , the Fluxus and Arte Povera movements. Added to this were performance and video art , where in 1977 she took over the overall coordination for an exhibition by AMAN in Geneva and STAMPA in Basel . From 1989 to 1994 she directed “Le Magasin”, a school for curators in Grenoble . In 1993 she was honored for this work at the 45th Venice Biennale . Von Fürstenberg received a Golden Lion at the 56th Biennale in 2015, she received the Golden Lion for designing the Armenian pavilion as the best national participation.


  • Federal Office for Culture (ed.): Adelina von Fürstenberg, Christian Philipp Müller, Martin Steinmann - Swiss Grand Prix Art. Zurich, Swiss Art Association (art bulletin) 2016.

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