Dr Kata Krasznahorkai is a Berlin-based art historian, researcher and curator with more than a twenty-year-expertise in curating international exhibitions, writing and researching on contemporary art and organizing exhibitions and cultural events. Currently, she is a Gerda Henkel Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich and an expert advisor to the Council of Europe`s digital exhibition “Free to Create – Create to be Free”.
In her research Krasznahorkai focuses on the interaction between the state and cultural acteurs. She specialised in the interaction between state security operations and the cultural scenes in Eastern Europe and beyond. Krasznahorkai is the author and editor of numerous catalogues and books. Most recently, she edited with Sylvia Sasse “Artists&Agents. Performance Art and State Security” (Spector Books 2019 / forthcoming in English in 2021). With Sylvia Sasse and Inke Arns, she curated “Artists&Agents” at the HMKV in Dortmund that has been awarded as “Exhibition of the Year 2020” by the German Section of International Art Critics (AICA). Her new monography “Operative Art History or Who is Afraid of Artists?” will be published by Spector Books 2021.
As a Gerda Henkel Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich, Krasznahorkai started in her new research to analyse visual strategies of racism in Eastern Europe spotlighting the example of Angela Davis. Krasznahorkai lectured extensively on international conferences (CUNY New York, King`s College London, ICI Berlin) and held gave public talks, e.g. at the international symposium “The European Idea in Art and Art History” accompanying the 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition “Desire for Freedom”.
Krasznahorkai studied art history at the Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest; the Humboldt University Berlin and received her PhD 2015 at the University of Hamburg. She worked as a Curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest (1996-2003) and as a Project Leader at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (2010-2016). As a Senior Project Officer she conceptualized and implemented the cooperation with the Council of Europe and the German Historical Museum in Berlin with the 3-year program-series “Critique and Crisis. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité reconsidered” (2021-15), a satellite exhibition-series with accompanying publications and outreach program to the 30thCouncil of Europe Art Exhibition “The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945 Since than she has been advising the Council of Europe on the reconceptualization of its art exhibitions.
Krasznahorkai is the Chair of the Berlin-based NGO Critique&Culture e.V. (critiqueandculture.com) empowering cultural workers in Berlin who left because of repressions in their home countries. Krasznahorkai is member of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art). She was awarded with the Herder-Prize-Grant of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, the research grant of the Liebelt-Stiftung, Hamburg, and the DAAD-Grant and the research grant of the Gerda Henkel Foundation.