Franciska Zólyom appointed curator of the German contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2019

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Director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig) follows Susanne Pfeffer as curator for the German Pavilion

Stuttgart, 23 January 2018 – The art historian Franciska Zólyom has been appointed curator of the official German contribution to the 58th Biennale di Venezia 2019 by Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "I look forward to an intensive exchange with people who inspire me in their reflections on art and the present," said Zólyom after her appointment. Since 2012 she has been Director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig). "With Franciska Zólyom, an outstanding curator has been selected, one who deals with current issues of our time," says Elke aus dem Moore, Head of the Visual Arts Department at ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and who is temporarily supervising the German Pavilion.

For years the German Pavilion has been a highlight of the Giardini site of the Venice Biennale, one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art and a renowned flagship for the art scene of Germany. As a worldwide, networked cultural mediator, ifa engages in international networks and scientific discussions on the biennial format. It is a founding member of the International Biennial Association (IBA), founded in 2012, and co-initiator of the conference series "Biennials in Dialogue." As part of its biennial funding, ifa enables German artists and artists living in Germany to participate in biennials worldwide as well as enables artists from developing and transition countries to participate in biennials in Germany. In addition, ifa is involved in the framework programme of biennials which, among other things, includes a workshop for young curators during the 2018 Berlin Biennale.

About Franciska Zólyom
Franciska Zólyom (*1973 in Budapest) studied art history in Cologne and Paris. After a Rave Scholarship at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Berlin, Franciska Zólyom was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Dunaújváros in Hungary for three years. In collaboration with international artists, she initiated numerous site and context-specific exhibitions and research there. Since 2012 she has been the Director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig). Among other things, she is also a member of the University Council of the Bauhaus University Weimar and of the Cultural Senate of Saxony.

About the German Pavilion
Since 1971, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) has been coordinating and implementing Germany's national contribution to the Venice Biennale on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office. Internationally acclaimed artists such as Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Jochen Gerz, Ulrich Rückriem, Hanne Darboven, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hans Haacke, Nam June Paik, Katharina Fritsch, Gerhard Merz, Rosemarie Trockel, Martin Kippenberger, Candida Höfer, Tino Sehgal, Isa Genzken and Ai Weiwei have presented their works at the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The German contribution has already won six Golden Lions: 1984 Lothar Baumgarten and A. R. Penck (commissioner: Johannes Cladders), 1986 Sigmar Polke (commissioner: Dierk Stemmler), 1993 Hans Haacke and Nam June Paik (commissioner: Klaus Bußmann), 2001 Gregor Schneider (commissioner: Udo Kittelmann), 2011 Christoph Schlingensief (curator: Susanne Gaensheimer) and 2017 Anne Imhof (curator: Susanne Pfeffer).

Press photo
Franzisca Zólyom, photo: Julia Rößner

Press Contact: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Communication Department, Miriam Kahrmann, Tel. +49 (0)711-2225-105, presse(at)