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Sculpture Park Cologne Names Chus Martínez Curator of “KölnSkulptur #9”

Sculpture Park Cologne has announced that Chus Martínez, the head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, will curate the ninth edition of its exhibition program. Titled “KölnSkulptur #9,” the two-year show, opening on October 15, coincides with the park’s twentieth anniversary.

Founded by Michael and Eleonore Stoffel in 1997, Sculpture Park Cologne has commissioned more than one hundred and fifty artworks by major artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and George Condo. In 2005, the Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation set up the Sculpture Park Cologne Foundation, which began funding exhibitions.

Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. She has served as chief curator at El Museo Del Barrio in New York and El Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). She was the head of the department of artistic direction and a member of the core agent group for Documenta 13, directed the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and worked as the artistic director at Bilbao’s Sala Rekalde. She also curated the Cypriot Pavilion at the Fiftieth Venice Biennale in 2005 and, in 2010, was the curatorial advisor for the Twenty-Ninth Bienal de São Paulo. Martínez lectures and writes regularly for Artforum as well as other publications. Sternberg Press recently published her book Club Univers (2016).