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Silke Opitz

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Bauhaus University Weimar, 2000, PhD
Philipps University Marburg, 1995, MA
University of Kent at Canterbury

exhibition/performance, Lecturer, writer, Art Historian, curator


Silke is an art historian, curator, writer and lecturer based in Weimar. She studied for her Master’s degree Art History, Contemporary German Literature and Media Sciences in Marburg and Canterbury (UK). In 2000, she was awarded her PhD by the Bauhaus University Weimar, where she went on to become assistant professor from 2002 until 2008. Since beginning her career as an independent curator in 2001, she has conceived numerous international exhibition projects both in and outside Germany. From 2009 until 2010 Silke was curator at Kunstverein Ludwigsburg and attended curatorial residencies and programs in New York, The Hague and Brussels. Besides many publications on contemporary and modern art, she is also the author of a children’s book on the Bauhaus. Silke is currently appointed curator at Kunsthalle Erfurt.

Exhibitions curated by Silke Opitz:

SASCHA SCHNEIDER (1870-1927) – Visualizing Ideas through the Human Body (Kunsthalle „Harry Graf Kessler“ Weimar

DIRK BRAECKMAN (Kunsthalle Erfurt)
GABRIELA OBERKOFLER – Als wenn ich hier geboren und erzogen waere (Goethe, 1829) (Kunsthalle Erfurt)
Into the Real World. -5 min Short Video Biennale and PILVI TAKALA – Aside (Gallery P74, Ljubljana)
PILVI TAKALA – Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in (Kunsthalle Erfurt)

NATHALIE MOHADJER – Zwei Bier für Haiti (Kunsthalle „Harry Graf Kessler“ Weimar)
CHARLES GUTE & CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI – Scripts for Art (Walden Affairs, Den Haag)
MIN OH – How things genuinely speak, and sing.(Kunsthalle Erfurt, Onomatopee, Eindhoven)
Electric Dreams (Kunstverein Gera)

WILLIAM LAMSON – On Earth (Kunsthalle Erfurt)
IVARS GRAVLEJS – The 90s and then (Kunsthalle Erfurt)
ANNA GIERSTER – For your Safety (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg)
MARKUS WUESTE – Moving Stones (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg)

bauhaus commuters - exhibition/talk-travelling project in New York and Thuringia with works by Christiane Haase, Laura Strasser, Sauter & Kraus, Schroeter & Berger, Min Oh and Scott Teplin (College of Staten Island and ISCP, New York; Kunsthalle Erfurt and GoetheStadtmuseum Ilmenau)
CHRISTIANE HAASE – Made in China (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg)
LAURA STRASSER – Beloved Mass. Stories in Porcelain GoetheStadtmuseum Ilmenau
LOAN NGUYEN – In Places (Kunsthalle Erfurt)
MONA VATAMANU & FLORIN TUDOR – Dissolving Absolute Structures (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg)
ANNA TALENS – From the Mediterranean, with silky scales (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg)

Weltall, Erde, Mensch (SPACE/EARTH/WO/Man) – with works by Maria Thereza Alves, Anna Gierster, G-Lab, Florian Gwinner, William Kentridge, William Lamson, radioqualia, Markus Wueste and others (ACC Weimar)
MARI SUNNA – ichduersiees (Kunstsammlung Gera)
ERICA EYRES – Bitte Mutti! (Kunsthaus Erfurt)

OTTO DIX  – UN-VERBLUEMT (Kunstsammlung Gera)
MARIA THEREZA ALVES –What is the color of a German rose? (Kunstsammlung Gera)
KaDeOs – Kaufhaus des Ostens – with works by Franz Hoefner & Harry Sachs, Iris Kettner, Anna Krenz, Karolina Kowalska, LAIBACH, Peggy Meinfelder, niko.31 and Nils Emde, Filip Remund and Vit Klusak, Jana Sterbak and Turbine (former GDR Konsum-store/supermarket, Erfurt in collaboration with Kunsthaus Erfurt)

JAKOB S. BOESKOV – Monster Mirror (Kunstsammlung Gera)
ENE-LIIS SEMPER (Kunsthaus Erfurt)

neues leben – neues wohnen/new living – new housing – with works by Jan Brokof, Susanne Hopf and Natalja Meier, Franz Hoefner & Harry Sachs, Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov, Beate Spalthoff, Clemens von Wedemeyer and others (Kunsthaus Erfurt)
SANTERI TUORI – Posing Time (Kunstsammlung Gera)

Mann und Frau intim/Man and woman intimately –with works by Eija-Liis Athila, Stephan Balkenhol, Wolfgang Betke, Katia Kelm, Bruce Nauman, Kay Voigtmann and others (Kunsthaus Erfurt)
JANET CARDIFF & GEORGE BURES MILLER - Botho Graef Art Award of Jena (City of Jena)



Olga Chernysheva. Compossibilities. Hatje Cantz 2013

Sascha Schneider - Visualizing Ideas through the Human Body. Bauhaus University publishers 2013

Pilvi Takala. Just when I thought I was out...Hatje Cantz 2012





Recent Exhibits

Silke Opitz participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2011 Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA)
Jun, 2015 FULL HOUSE
Schloss Molsdorf / Molsdorf Palace
Jul, 2014 Classic Contemporary - Julian Roeder & Robert Capa
Kunsthalle Erfurt
May, 2014 Objects and Recordings
Kunsthalle Erfurt
May, 2014 Mental Duels
Kunsthalle Erfurt
Sep, 2013 CC Classic Contemporary
Kunsthalle Erfurt
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