KölnSkulptur #9 in the Skulpturenpark Köln (Sculpture Park Cologne) will be curated by Chus Martínez, celebrating its 20th anniversary and its ninth edition this year.
Founded in 1997 Skulpturen Park Köln is a major international overview of contemporary sculpture which has been on display to the public, in a series of two-year exhibitions, in Cologne, Germany.
Chus Martínez (born in Spain) has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently Chus Martínez is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland and has been the Chief Curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. She was dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, and Member of the Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008 to 2011), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08) and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Catalonia, with a solo project of filmmaker Albert Serra, and for the 51st edition the Cyprus National Pavilion (2005).
In 2016, she curated “Idiosincracy. Anchovies Dream of an Olive Mausoleum”, a one-year exhibition at the Helga de Alvear Foundation in Cáceres, Spain. She is also in charge of the commissions at der TANK, the exhibition space of the Art Institute in Basel where she curated “In Revolution”, a project by Mathilde Rosier (June 2016) and is currently preparing another two commissions by Ingela Ihrmann (SE) in June and Eduardo Navarro (AR), November, 2017.
Chus was one of the member of My Art Guide Basel 2016 editorial committee, selecting for us a selection of top and emerging artists.
- Chus Martínez. Photo: Nici Jost