Curator of the German Pavilion in 2019: Franciska Zólyom
Franciska Zólyom is an art historian and curator. She studied art history in Cologne and Paris and worked as a curator at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest (1997–99). After an RAVE-Fellowship at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2001 and 2003/04) she became the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Dunaújváros, Hungary (2006-09). There she worked together with international artists, including Gilbert Hage, Tamás Kaszás, Tilo Schulz, Sean Snyder and Tehnika Schweiz, on site- and context-related projects, initiating and fostering artistic research on local history and on the spatialization of ideologies. Since 2012 she is the director of GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig where she presented the work by Andreas Fogarasi, LITTLE WARSAW, Dainius Liškevičius and intitated collaborations with Céline Condorelli, Experimental Jetset and myvillages.org, among others. As a member of the University Council of the Bauhaus University Weimar and of the Cultural Senate of Saxony she is engaged in the making of educational and cultural policies. She is board member of tranzit Budapest.
The Venice Biennale is widely acknowledged to be the most renowned international arts exhibition in the world. Since 1971, the ifa, put in charge by the Federal Foreign Office, coordinates Germany's contribution presented in the German Pavilion. Internationally acclaimed artists such as Joseph Beuys, Jochen Gerz, Ulrich Rückriem, Hanne Darboven, as well as Bernd and Hilla Becher have presented their works at the German Pavilion, cooperating with notable curators like Dieter Honisch, Klaus Bußmann, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Gudrun Inboden, Julian Heynen, and Susanne Gaensheimer. Germany is the only country whose Biennale contributions have won three Golden Lions (1986, 2001, 2011) so far.
In the series 'Venice Biennale Backstage' we look behind the scenes: Who organizes the German contribution to the exhibition? What do former curators and artists do now?