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Noemi Smolik

Pictured: Noemi Smolik, Photo credit: Christian Nübling

Curator Name: Noemi Smolik
Residency Dates: September – November 2023
Hometown: Berlin
Lives & Works: Berlin
Education: PhD in Philosophy on the University of Cologne, Germany


Noemi Smolik grew up in Prague, studied art history, history and philosophy in Cologne/Germany and New York. Her PhD was on the painter Wassily Kandinsky. She was a professor in Hamburg, Bonn and Dresden and currently she teaches theory and art criticism at the University of Münster. She has published numerous texts on Russian art at the beginning of the 20th century in exhibition catalogs (Tate Modern/London, Lehnbachhaus/Munich, Kunstmuseum/ Zurich, Ludwig Museum/Cologne) and magazines (frieze/London), (e-flux/New York) and on contemporary art, and has also curated exhibitions. Her articles appear regularly in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/Frankfurt, artforum/New York, frieze/London, e-flux/New York, and, intermittently, Kunstforum since 1983. In 2020 she received the Art Cologne Prize for Art Criticism. She is a co-founder of the Platform Hope Recycling Station in Prague, which investigates the issues of racism, colonialism and post-colonialism in former countries of the Soviet sphere of influence. Her last book on the development of Russian art between 1861 and 1921, entitled “How Malevich Slapped Modernism in the Face. On the Decolonization of Art History” is forthcoming in Matthes&Seitz publishing house in Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin and Prague.


Support: Noemi Smolik’s residency is made possible with support from The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, The European Union and Czech Recovery Plan.


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