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Chus Martínez

Former Frankfurter Kunstverein's director, Chus Martínez is MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona's chief curator from July 2008. She took her degree in Philosophy and Art History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) before continuing her academic formation in Germany (Tübingen and Berlin Free Universities) and the United States (Columbia University and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York). Her professional experience began in 1995, at the Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum of Contemporary Art of Berlin; from 1999 to 2001 she was the co-curator of Parker's Box, an art centre in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, New York). Returning to Catalonia, in 2001 she curated the exhibition ‘Vostestaquí. Art Contemporani a Barcelona', at the Palau de la Virreina, and the Fundació ‘la Caixa' Espai Montcada art centre. From 2002 to 2005, she was exhibition curator at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, and she was director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein since 2006.

A particularly outstanding initiative at the Frankfurter Kunstverein is the residency programme ‘Deutsche Börse Residency Program', whose beneficiaries have included, amongst many more, such Spanish artists as Patricia Esquivias and Cova Macías. She also directed a research and exhibition project on the idea of the playground in art, whose first part was presented under the title of ‘The Great Game to Come'. The outstanding exhibitions staged at the Frankfurter Kunstverein include those devoted to such artists as Wilhelm Sasnal, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Pensée Sauvage, Manon de Boer and Armando Andrade Tudela. Moreover, in 2005 she was the curator of the Cyprus Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennial, whilst for the last three years she has also been a member of the Carnegie International Advisory Board and of the International Association of Curators (IKT).