Internationaler Kunstkritikerverband, Sektion der BRD

Marie Luise Syring now Head of the German section of AICA

She is the first woman to occupy the chair of the German AICA.

For the first time in the more than sixty-year history of the German section of AICA, a woman has been appointed to its chair. On 25 January 2013, at the postponed 2012 Annual General Meeting in Düsseldorf, Marie Luise Syring was unanimously elected to that office. The Düsseldorf-based art critic and retired museum curator succeeds Berlin critic Thomas Wulffen, who retired for personal reasons from the office he had held for just under five years.

Ms Syring brings a wealth of apposite experience to her new assignment. From 2001 to 2010 she was General Secretary of the German AICA under the successive chairmanship of Vitt and Wulffen, and from 2008 to 2010 also held the post of General Secretary of the international AICA in Paris.

Born in Paderborn, Marie Luise Syring studied librarianship at Cologne, and later, in Paris, art history and philosophy of science. In the French capital, she was a freelance art critic from 1976 on and was accepted into the French section of AICA; on her return to Germany, she transferred to the German AICA. From 1985 to 1997, she was a curator at the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf, and its director from 1998 to 2001. She then headed the Cultural Development Department at Düsseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast (2001-6). Her publications include Marcelle Cahn (1983), Kunst in Frankreich seit 1966. Zerborstene Sprache, zersprengte Form (1986), Um 1968. Konkrete Utopien in Kunst und Gesellschaft/Around 1968: Concrete Utopias (1990) and Im Irrgarten der Kunstkritik – Eine französische Debatte in den 1990er Jahren (2012).

The AICA general meeting at Düsseldorf also filled the vacant post of General Secretary again. This went to the previous vice-chairman, Ludwig Seyfarth; his post as deputy was taken on by Danièle Perrier, for many years the director (now retired) of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral at Bad Ems. Berlin-based critic Bernhard Schulz continues in his role as vice-chairman.

Cologne, January 2013
Walter Vitt

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