Exhibition maker

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Exhibition maker is a job title for the curator of an exhibition .

While a curator, as a research assistant, often catalogs, organizes and presents works in a museum , the exhibition organizer has the claim to intellectually penetrate a topic, an era or a zone and to design it optically and haptically . While the curator takes care of the artist's oeuvre , the exhibition organizer steps into the limelight with his creative impetus, the individual works - often by different authors - take a back seat and become evidence of a thesis .

While in the 1950s and 1960s interpreters - such as Herbert von Karajan or Maria Callas - clearly outshone the work, the lyricist and the composer, exhibition organizers only appeared in the 1970s and 1980s. Parallel to conceptual art , they elevated the design of a presentation to an art form and themselves to an artist . Harald Szeemann , all other directors of the documenta after him, Klaus Albrecht Schröder and Wilfried Seipel as competitors of the Viennese museum landscape from 1999 to 2008, but also the early deceased Lydia Marinelli at the Sigmund Freud Museum or Paul Kruntorad as the designer of historical exhibitions can be named paradigmically exhibition organizers , finally also Kasper König .

The prototype of a curator the exhibition was the exhibition When Attitudes Become Form of Harald Szeemann in 1969 at the Kunsthalle Bern , also in Krefeld and London was shown.


  • Hans-Joachim Müller: Harald Szeemann. Exhibition maker. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2006, ISBN 3-7757-1704-8 .
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist: A Brief History of Curating. JRP Ringier & Les presses du réel, Zurich 2009, ISBN 978-3-905829-55-6 . (English)
  • Beatrice Jaschke, Charlotte Martinz-Turek, Nora Sternfeld : Who is speaking? Authority and authorship in exhibitions (= exhibition theory & practice. Vol. 1). Published by Schnittpunkt. Turia + Kant, Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-85132-418-8 .

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