Katalin Krasznahorkai

Katalin Krasznahorkai, MA

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt "Performance Art in Eastern Europe (1950-1990)"

Tel.: 044 634 35 03

krasznahorkai@yahoo.de

Kata Krasznahorkai  is an art historian, curator, project manager and art critic, working as a research fellow at the University of Zürich in the research project “Performance Art in Eastern Europe (1950-1990). History and Theory“.

Until October 2016 she was a project director at the .Collegium Hungaricum Berlin curating a performance-program-series Montag Modus, Approximations and Entropy Works. Until May 2015 she was the project leader of 3-year series called Critique and Crisis. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité reconsidered monitoring and reflecting crisis situations in art and society in the framework of an EU-Culture program in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Council of Europe. Critique and Crisis was the partner project of the Council of Europe-exhibition “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945” at the German Historical Museum.

Krasznahorkai works since 1996 as a cultural communicator and multiplicator: 1996-2003 as a curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest, where she curated numerous shows, e.g. with L.A. Raeven, Balazs Kicsiny, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor. After moving to Berlin she worked with Laszlo Glozer and was a researcher for the show “Peter Zadeks Menschentheater” at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. She is a permanent correspondent to Balkon- Magazine for Contemporary Art, the Hungarian Art Connoiseur, and member of AICA-Hungary. 2010 she was the editor of Fair – Zeitung für Kunst und Ästhetik and was granted with a DAAD and a Herder-Prize Grant

Curriculum Vitae

Education

University of Hamburg, Hamburg                                     

PhD, Art History, defended September 2015, publication expected April 2017.

Dissertation: “The Form and Material of Land Art. Walter De Maria`s Lightning Field and Robert Smithosn`s Spiral Jetty between Art, Nature and Science”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Monika Wagner. Second advisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Fehrenbach

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin

Postgraduate Studies in Art History, September 2002- September 2005

Thesis: El Lisstitzky and the Fourth Dimension in Art, Seminar by Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp.

University of Vienna, Vienna

Theory of Science and Cognitive Science, September 2005-January 2006, Seminar by Prof. Dr. Markus F. Peschl

Eötvös Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest

MA, Art History, June 2003

Thesis: “Ion Grigorescu. Life and Work”, First advisor: Prof. Dr. László Beke, Second advisor: Dr. Annamária Szőke

Research Interests

  • Archives of the Secret Services as sources for art historical research
  • Social, cultural and political history of Eastern European Art after WWII
  • Performance art history and theory
  • Conceptual art history and theory
  • Material aesthetics and material iconography
  • Philosophy of Nature / Land Art in the USA
  • History of Science and Technology after WWII in relation to artistic practice
  • Art and Image studies in the 20th century, image transfer from arts and science
  • Artistic research and curatorial studies

Recent Publications (selected)

  • "Surveilling the Public Sphere. The First Hungarian Happening in Secret Agents Reports", in: Performance in the Second Public Sphere, Katalin Cseh-Varga/Adam Czirak (ed), Routledge, (forthcoming)
  • “Happeners als Black Panther. Gewaltsames Wissen in Happenings der Künstler und der Staastsicherheit” in Ungarn, in: Adam Czirak, Barbara Gronau (ed.): Gewaltsames Wissen, Wilhelm Fink, München, (forthcoming).
  • “Streik Macht Frei. Verweigerung und Streik als künstlerisches Material bei Tamas St.Auby”, in: Dietmar Rüberl, Friderike Sigler (ed): Streik/Arbeit, (forthcoming).
  • “Mach ein Stuhl! Tamas St. Auby und Tehching Hsieh”, in: Vera Wolff, Kathrin Rottmann (ed), kritische berichte, forthcoming, (February 2017).
  • “Das Happening vor Gericht”, in: Sandra Frimmel, Mara Traumane (ed): Kunst und Literatur vor Gericht, Routledge, forthcoming (March 2017).
  • “Kein Land in Sicht. Der Klimawandel, der BND und das Ende der Land Art”, in: Frank Fehrenbach, Mathias Krüger (ed), Der Achte Tag. Naturbilder in der Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts, deGruyter, München,2016, p. 59-75.
  • “Heightened Alert: The Underground Art Scene in the Sights of the Secret Police—Surveillance Files as a Resource for Research into Artists’ Activities in the Underground of the 1960s and 1970s” , in: Bazin, Jérôme, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny, and Piotr Piotrowski (ed), Art beyond borders: artistic exchange in communist Europe (1945-1989), Central European Univeristy Press, 2015. P. 125-139.
  • Geheimdienst und Underground. Wie Spitzel unser Wissen über Kunst vermehren, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 07.1. 2012,  „Bilder und Zeiten“, Z3.

Exhibition Reviews (selected)

  • “Valami bűzlik”.[Something stinks], A Manifesta 12 Zürichben, in: Müertö [The Art Connoisseur], Juli/August 2016.
  • „A Black Mountain kód” [The Black Mountain Parabel], Black Mountain College – Ein interdisziplinäres Experiment 1933-1957, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, in: Müertö [The Art Connoisseur], Juni 2015.
  • „David Bowie behálózva“ [David Bowie – The Spider in the Net], David Bowie Retrospektive, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, in: Müertö [The Art Connoisseur]
  • „Nyolc Perc“ [Eight MInutes], Seeing is Believing. Kunst-Werke Berlin, in: Müertö [The Art Connoisseur]November 2013
  • “A Lightning Field felé” [On the way to the Lightning Field], Balkon – Contemporary Art Magazine, Dezember 2009
  • “The No Pussy Blues in Berlin”, Re.Act.Feminism. Performancekunst der 1960er und 70er jahre heute, Akademie der Künste Berlin, in: www.tranzit.blog.hu, 2009
  • “Képreszállás-Rothkót nézni és nem hinni” [Seeing Rothko but Not Beliveing], Mark Rothko - Retrospektive, Hamburger Kunsthalle, in: Balkon – Contemporary Art Magazine, June-August 2008.

Exhibition Catalogues

  • Kata Krasznahorkai (ed): “Critique and Crisis. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité reconsidered”, Revolver Publishing, Berlin, 2015.
  • „Experiment. Chronologie zum Leben und Werk von Ion Grigorescu“ In: „Ion Grigorescu. Am Boden“, Retrospektive im Salzburger Kunstverein, Ausst.Kat., Salzburg, 2007
  • Kata Krasznahorkai (ed): Mona Vatamanu – Florin Tudor. Living Units, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, 17 June – 31 August 2003,  Budapest, 2003
  • Kata Krasznahorkai (ed): Kicsiny Balázs. Munkavégzés folyamatban. Work in Progress, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, 23. Oktober – 2. Dezember 2002, Budapest, 2002
  • Kata Krasznahorkai (ed): Tamas Szikora. Boxes, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, 25 September 2001 – 28 October 2001, Budapest, 2001
  • Biographies in: Peter Weibel (ed) Beyond Art. A Third Culture: A Comparative Study in Cultures of Art and Science in 20th Century Austria and Hungary, Passagen Verlga, Vienna, 1997 (G), 2005 (EN).

Fellowships and Awards

  • Travel Grant of the Susanne and Michael Liebelt Foundation to the United States, 2009
  • Travel Grant of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation to London, 2009
  • Herder Award-Grant of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, 2005-2006
  • DAAD Postgraduate Grant, 2003-2004

Presentations and Lectures (selected)

  • Be Forbidden! Black Power and Eastern European Performance Art in Secret Agents Reports, Nachwuchsforum Östliches Europa, Universität Basel, 3. June 2016.
  • Streik als Material bei Tamas St.Auby, Hochschule der Blidenden Künste, Dresden, 16-16. Januar 2016.
  • Performing Democracy. Input Paper, Ars Electronica Linz, September 2015.
  • Das Lightning Field von Walter De Maria zwischen Kunst, Natur und Technik ETH Zürich, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 26.05. 2014
  • Die anderen Helden der Körper-Arbeit. Sit Outs und Performance, Universität der Künste Berlin, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Netzwerktreffen “Szenographien des Subjektes”, 10-11 April 2014.
  • Artists on the Run. On Mobility, Work and cultural production in a  re-united Europe, symposium on “The European Idea in Art and Art History”, Deutsches Historisches Museum, 24-25 September 2014
  • Walter De Marias Lightning Field zwischen Kunst, Technik und Natur; ETH Zürich/Wissenschaftsgeschichte,  in May 2014
  • Kein Land in Sicht. Der Klimawandel, der BND und das Ende der Land Art, Forschungsstelle Naturbilder, Universität Hamburg, 31.01  - 1.2. 2014
  • „Mud, salt crystals, rocks, water“... Film: Das Material der Spiral Jetty, 9. Hamburger Graduiertenforum: „Materialität der Medien“, 6. Mai 2011, Warburg-Haus
  • Erhöhte Alarmbereitschaft - die Kunst des Underground im Visier der Staatssicherheit. Kunst und das Kommunistische Europa, 1945-1989. Zu einer transnationalen Geschichte. Internationale Tagung vom 19. bis 21. November 2009 am Centre Marc Bloch Berlin
  • The First Hungarian Happening in the light of a Secret Agents Report. Social East Seminar on Art and Espionage, Courtauld Institute, London, 27. Feb. 2009