Rike Frank

Rike Frank
Associate Professor of exhibition studies
Curator and writer, based in Berlin

Rike studied communication and media science, art history and philosophy, with a focus on film and media history and theory at the University of Salzburg.

Her main field of interest is curating and exhibition making with a focus on contemporary artistic practices. Over the last several years she has researched on textiles as well as the temporal dimension of exhibiting.

As a curator and researcher at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (2010-2012) she has programmed the Academy’s gallery space and founded the exhibition and lecture series «Studio International». In 2010, she also initiated in collaboration with the curator Grant Watson the long-term research and exhibition project «Textiles: Open Letter», which looks at textiles in contemporary art and at their history, materiality and language; presentations include the exhibition «Abstractions, Textiles, Art» at the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, the conference «The Haptic Space» at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as a series of seminars at bulegoa z/b in Bilbao. She was previously a member of the Program Team for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne, and Ludlow 38, New York. Recently, she has edited the publications «Constanze Ruhm. Coming Attractions» (2012), «Sketches of Universal History Compiled from Several Authors» by Sarah Pierce (2013) and the upcoming «Timing–On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting» (2014, co-editor) as well as «Textiles: Open Letter» (2014, co-editor). As a writer she has contributed to a variety of publications including Afterall, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Camera Austria and springerin. Rike is an advisory board member of the Kunstverein Tromsø.

Curator, from 2001 to 2005, at the Secession in Vienna she has worked on solo shows and monographs with a variety of artists including Michael Beutler, Monica Bonvicini/Sam Durant, Carola Dertnig, Ines Doujak, Ayse Erkmen, Bernhard Fruehwirth, Andrea Geyer, Henrik Hakansson, Mary Heilmann, Brian Jungen, Silvia Kolbowski, Michael Krebber, Henrik Olesen, Josephine Pryde, Nicole Wermers, Sue Williams, Manfred Willmann, de Rijke/de Rooij & Christopher Wiliams and Minerva Cuevas. In 2006 and 2007 she was the project manager and head of the curatorial department of documenta 12 in Kassel.