Martin Fritz is the new Rector of Merz Akademie Stuttgart

Martin Fritz

Previously Martin Fritz worked as an independent curator, consultant and writer, focusing on context studies, institutional critique, site-specific art and the city, arts management and cultural politics. He studied law in Vienna and started his career in the arts as an organizer, curator and production manager for independent projects in theatre, visual arts and film. He was Director of Operations and Director of Program Planning for the re-opening of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre (today: MoMA P.S.1.) in New York, Managing Director of In Between, the art project of EXPO 2000 in Hanover and General Co-ordinator of Manifesta 4 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Frankfurt (Main). From 2004 to 2009 he was the Director of the Festival of Regions, a biennial for site-specific art and culture in rural regions of Upper Austria. Since April 2016 he is one of the artistic directors of ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action, a project of Goethe Institute and Urbane Künste Ruhr. He publishes regularly about the contexts of contemporary art production. Among other teaching assignments Martin Fritz was an Adjunct Professor, teaching at Webster University Vienna. More recently he has led workshops at ZHDK Zürich, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, HGB Leipzig and at SAAS (Summer Academy as School) in Prishtina, Kosovo.

“I am extremely pleased that we were able to win Martin Fritz for the rectorship of Merz Akademie. Due to his extended experience in and knowledge of art, culture and the higher education landscape he is supremely qualified to further develop the specific educational profile of Merz Akademie,” explained Markus Merz.

Martin Fritz und Markus Merz

“I would like to thank the members of the senate for their trust and support; I feel honored to be able to work at this renowned institution. At Merz Akademie critical theory meets design, art and media in a productive manner. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and students and meeting the partners of the institution,” Martin Fritz said after the senate’s vote, announcing that he plans to do a lot of ‘listening’ during the first semester of his term. The public handover of office will take place in summer 2017.

Markus Merz, who led Merz Akademie since 1982 as rector and managing director, will focus in the future on the management of Merz Bildungswerk, the non-profit holding company of Merz Akademie and Merz Schule, kindergarten and boarding schools.


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