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Harald Szeemann (* 11. Juni 1933 in Bern; † 18. Februar 2005 in Tegna im Tessin)



Harald Szeemann, born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1933, Mr. Szeemann studied art history, archaeology and journalism at the University of Bern. By 1961 he was head of the Kunsthalle Bern. Harald Szeemann forged his reputation there by transforming a very provincial institution, dominated by local artists, making it a crossing point for the rising generation of European and American artists, organizing about a dozen exhibitions each year, including the wrapping of the Kunsthalle building by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1968. His groundbreaking 1968-69 "When attitudes become form," included nearly 70 artists such as Eva Hesse, Walter de Maria, Joseph Beuys, and Richard Serra. After heavy criticism of his influential exhibition, in 1969 Szeemann quit the Kunsthalle to become a freelance curator. In 1969 he co-founded IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. In 1970 he organized another large, even more improbable show, "Happenings and Fluxus," at the Kunstverein in Cologne. In 1972 he was appointed as curator of the documenta 5 in Kassel and he introduced installation and performance oriented art to an even broader audiences.


After "Documenta 5," Mr. Szeemann developed a nomadic mode of work. Then he created an imaginary museum, "the Museum of obsessions", a concept from which he derived his programme. He organized "Bachelor Machines" for the Venice Biennale in 1975. In 1980, he was appointed as a co-commissioner of the biennale, and he created the first Aperto, or Open, exhibition, a cacophonous survey, held in a gigantic former rope factory, that ignored the national divisions of the biennale's pavilions. In 1981 Mr. Szeemann became the independent curator at the Kunsthaus Zurich, and mounted shows of a dizzying mix of 19th- and 20th-century artists and writers, including Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Eugene Delacroix, James Ensor, Sigmar Polke, Cy Twombly and Richard Serra. His thematic exhibitions included "In Search of the Total Artwork, " "Austria in a Lacework of Roses" and "Swiss Visionaries." He continued to work independently, organizing the Lyon Biennale and the Kwangju Biennial in Korea in 1997 and serving as commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2001. In 2003 he organized a survey of Spanish art at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens. The last exhibition that he curated, "Visionary Belgium", will be inaugurated on March 4th at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.






05.05.06 - 21.10.06


The Great Wall 2006, Hamburg


18.02.05 - 15.05.05


La Belgique visionnaire - C´est arrivé près de chez nous Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel


03.10.04 - 05.12.04


1. Internationale Biennale Zeitgenössischer Kunst Sevilla Biennale Sevilla


28.05.04 - 24.10.04


The beauty of failure / The failure of beauty Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona


10.02.04 - 02.05.04


The Real Royal Trip Patio Herreriano Valladolid


21.07.03 - 31.12.03


"G 2003" - Kunstgipfel am Lago Maggiore "G 2003", Vira Gabarogno

03.06.03 - 15.09.03


Europe Exists - Art Union Europe II Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki


16.05.03 - 28.09.03


Blut & Honig - Zukunft ist am Balkan Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg


10.06.01 - 04.11.01


49. Biennale Venedig 2001 Biennale Venedig



13.06.99 - 07.11.99


48. Biennale Venedig 1999 Biennale Venedig



09.07.97 - 24.09.97


4. Biennale de Lyon 1997 Biennale Lyon



Austria im Rosennetz



Hundert Jahre Kino



Austria im Rosennetz



Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk



39. Biennale Venedig 1980 Biennale Venedig



Monte Verità







documenta 5, Kassel




„When attitudes become form“, Bern




Malende Dichter - dichtende Maler in St. Gallen