BERTA SICHEL

Artistic Director

Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias

Berta Sichel, the Artistic Director of the First International Art Biennial in Cartagena de Indias is an independent curator working internationally. Her experience with Biennials started in Brazil, at the São Paulo International Biennial, and later as one of the curators of Aperto-93 at the Venice Biennial. Ms. Sichel will be consulting with an international group of curators.

From 2000 to 2011, she was the Director of the Department of Film and Video at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, where she presented the work of a wide range of international and local artists and produced more than 20 performances and concerts.

Between 2005-2006 Sichel selected the works for the historical video collection of the Museum Reina Sofia, and in 2006 she curated for the Museum First Generation: Art and Moving Image : l963-86, exhibiting the new collection comprised of about 80 works. The exhibition was named by Spanish art critics as one of the three best exhibitions of the year in Spain. Outside of the Reina Sofía she has curated a large number of exhibitions, including solo shows by Valie Export and Lotty Rosenfeld, and group exhibitions in institutions such as the former Whitney Museum (Connecticut), CIFO (Miami), ArtPace (San Antonio), Museo Vostell (Carceres), Argos (Brussels), Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Canary Islands), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (Seville), Itau Cultural (São Paulo), and New York University 80WES, among many others.

Born in Brazil, Sichel moved to New York in 1979 and graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Media Ecology, and doctoral studies in Communications. During her time in New York, Sichel worked as an independent curator, an art correspondent for European publications, and taught at the Media Studies Program at the New School for Social Research. Her articles and scholarly texts both in books and art catalogues have been published in many countries.

Among other prizes and awards, she was a recipient of the 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship in Humanities/Fine Art Research, and in December 2010 she was recognized by Spain’s Association of Women in the Arts as the best female curator, with a special mention for her support of women artists.