In the autumn of 2013, Barbara Steiner spent a month as curator-in-residence in Amsterdam. This residency programme was initiated by the Goethe-Institut Netherlands and put into practice in collaboration with and at Castrum Peregrini. During her stay in the Netherlands, Steiner did extensive research on the relations between design and art, taking a closer look at the respective practices, and the dissolution of traditional disciplinary borders. On the basis of this research, Steiner is planning to curate an exhibition that is to be held at Castrum Peregrini in the autumn of 2014.
Barbara Steiner is curator, editor, author and lecturer. In 2012 and 2013, she was the Artistic Director of Europe (to the power of) n, a two-year project which took place in eleven cities in- and outside the European Union. From 2001 to 2011, Steiner was the Director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (GfZK). Prior to that, she ran art associations in Ludwigsburg and Wolfsburg.
In her work, Steiner focuses on politics of representation, institutional critique/criticality, architecture, design and display. She examines political, economic, social and cultural conditions and draws particular attention to various concerns and interconnected processes of negotiation. These are not only interesting in terms of theory and cultural discourse, but they also become evident in exhibitions and other art projects. Steiner’s exhibitions, lectures, and publications reveal that she views all of the institution’s activities and structures as integral parts of its programme. It is her aim to make these interdependencies the subject of public reflection and discussion.
Steiner studied Art History and Political Science at the University of Vienna. She wrote a doctoral thesis on the „Ideology of the White Cube“.