Gerald Matt


Date and place of birth: 1958, Hard, Austria

Living place: Vienna, Austria

Theme: culture management, art history

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: Ferry Nielsen

Culture manager, art curator. He has been a director of Kunsthalle Wien, one of the most resilient institutions for contemporary art, since 1996. Professor at Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Matt considers the museum to be a dynamic space of the often antagonistic dialogue between memory and future.

”Art institution is nowadays an enterprise. The one who manages it has a duty to protect the freedom of arts.”

He specializes in the issues connected with cultural institutions management. Matt demands independence for culture agencies and at the same time opts for the state financial support of art – even in spite of its difficult content and despite the fact that artists “sometimes bite when you feed them.” In his book Culture and Money. The Museum - an Enterprise. The Practice-oriented Guide (2001), Matt indicates the dangers which threaten management of the public institutions of culture. On the one hand, they should not turn into besieged fortresses where the taste of the audience is completely ignored. On the other hand, one cannot succumb to the populist fancies and influences of the politicians (and it is a far more frequent and dangerous case).

Gerald Matt studied law, economics and art history. Currently teaches at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Center for International Arts Management (CIAM) in Cologne. He has served as a member of the scientific advisory board at the Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bolzano (1999-2005), Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna (2001-2006) and Kunsthalle in Berlin (2007-2009).

Matt is the author of the collections of interviews with contemporary artists - Künstler im Gespräc (2003), Interviews 1 (2006), Interviews 2 (2007). He has published also Kulturmanagement leicht gemach (2004) and Kommentare zu Kunst, Kultur und Politik (2006).

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