Ute Meta Bauer, Director and Associate Professor
MIT Visual Arts Program, Department of Architecture
Ute Meta Bauer, internationally known as a freelance curator and
director, as well as as a teacher, lecturer and editor, has been
director of the Visual Arts Program in the Department of Architecture.
Born in Germany and educated as an artist at the Hochschule für
Künste Hamburg (Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg), she received her
honors in Visual Communication/Stage Design in 1987. She has been
since as a curator for exhibitions and presentations on
contemporary art, film
and video, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She has also
served as a
director for various institutions and as advisor for a number of
From 1990-1994 she was Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart,
edited the international art magazine META and conceived and realized
exhibitions, symposia, workshops and lectures by artists and
From 1996 to the present, she has held an appointment at the
Academy of Fine
Arts in Vienna as Professor of Theory, Practice and Transfer of
Art. During that time she has also served as head of the Institute of
Contemporary Art (1996-2001) and as head of the Institute for Art
Science (2003-2004). In 2002-2003 she held the position of the vice
has been in charge of the international affairs of the academy.
Since 2002, she has also been founding director of the Norwegian
Contemporary Art, Oslo, a private foundation founded by the
and Church and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to develop
contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene.
In recent years, she has curated several events and exhibitions,
Architectures of Discourse (Barcelona, 2001), First Story?Women
Narratives for the 21st Century for the European Cultural Capital
and the Artist-in-Residence Program at ArtPace in San Antonio,
Between 1999 and 2002, with Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, she was
of Documenta11, an exhibition that takes place every five years and
reputation for providing the broadest overview of contemporary art
Its five thematic platforms took place at various sites such as
New Delhi, St. Lucia and Lagos and involved more than 200 artists,
and speakers in various fields. In Kassel alone, it attracted more
visitors during its 100 days.
In the spring of 2004, Bauer was also artistic director of the 3rd
biennial for contemporary art, a broad international spectrum of
cinematic, performative and sonic stagings that took place over the
two months. Created to a large extent on site, the event drew
and attracted intense international and national media interest. A
the event has been published with over 300 photographs of the artists'
ten new essays on Berlin.