Frank Wagner Memorial Fund

Frank Wagner 1958 to 2016      Memorial Fund 

Frank Wagner, an independent curator who organized shows for over three decades, has died. One of the first curators to curate exhibitions addressing the topic of AIDS, Wagner worked for many years at the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst in Berlin NGBK . In 2014 he served as curator and artistic director of the sixth European Month of Photography Berlin. He was on the Advisory Board of Participant Inc.

This Campaign is being formed to help Frank's sister Dr. Ingrid Wagner and friends cover the cost of his funeral to be held in Berlin in two weeks and for a memorial to be held here in New York in the fall. (Location and dates to yet be announced.)

Your contribution is greatly appreciated and your name will be included on the memorial list of names on Frank's Official Obituary that will be published in papers in Europe and the US.

From Ingrid Wagner
Thank you for all the love for my brother Frank. Thomas, his beloved man and I, his only sister, are deeply touched by all your respect and warm words. Frank would have been proud and happy about all this. We miss him so much.. thank you for your initiative, dear Hunter, love and kisses Ingrid

LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX 2014 NGBK Berlin (Installation view, photo: Christin Lahr)

Frank Wagner was a towering figure both in stature and heart. He was engaged in every way with art and artists. He was a radical curator who committed himself to ideas of the socially conscious in art. He lived and breathed the challenge of art, that we as artists had to live up to. We are al devstated by his death and mourn his loss.

Obituary for the curator Frank Wagner



Leipzig  HGB Faculty show NOV 2007  (as curator)

Some of Franks most recent projects

Dubai Photo Exhibition March 2016 Germany
Frank Wagner
INDEPENDENT CURATOR & ART HISTORIAN
Frank Wagner Dubai Photo 2016‬ Germany Curator

Frank  organized retrospectives for Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Valie Export that appeared at the Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof and the Akademie der Kuenste respectively, Wagner also presented work by artists including Group Material, Gran Fury, General Idea, Piotr Nathan, Nan Golden, Stan Douglas, Rineke Dijkstra, Trevor Paglen, Ken Lum, Barbara Kruger, Holly Zausner, Robert Gober, Jeff Wall, and David Wojnarowicz and countless others. 


Amerikana - opening  (Installation view, photo: Christin Lahr)

NGBK
LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX 1” 2013–14, – Art AIDS Activism 1987 -1995, an exhibition with November 16, 2013 - January – an exhibition with Jürgen Baldiga, Robert Beck, Uwe Boek, AA Bronson, Steven Evans, General Idea, Neil Goldberg, Nan Goldin, Gran Fury, Rinaldo Hopf, Doug Ischar, Peter Knoch, Piotr Nathan, Aron Neubert, Koni Nordmann, Martin von Ostrowski, Susi Pop, Hunter Reynolds, Aura Rosenberg, NGBK, Berlin, 

January 18 - March3, 2014: LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX II – Art AIDS Activsm 1995 until the present, NGBK, Berlin,
An exhibition with Ei Arakawa, Bewegung NURR, AA Bronson, Ryan Brewer, Elmgreen & Dragset, Steven Evans, General Idea, Sunil Gupta, Leiko Ikemura, Doug Ischar, Dominik Lejman, Peter Knoch, Ono Ludwig, Piotr Nathan, SUSI POP, Irina Popova, Hunter Reynolds, Anna Charlotte Schmid, Pola Sieverding, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sergei Tcherepnin, Lorena Zilleruelo NGBK, Berlin

February 15 -23, 2014: LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX III – Workspace, NGBK and Art Center Bethanien, Berlin, an exhibition with students from the Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, University of Arts Berlin and University of Arts, Poznan (Universität der Künste Berlin:
Walker Brengel, Ucha Janelidze ,Yuni Kim, Rona Kobel, Johanna Landscheidt, Rouven Materne, Zurab Sheqelashvili, Esther Sibiude; Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu:
Grzegorz Bibro, Maria Dmitruk, Cristina Ferreira, Celina Kanunnikava, Ewa Kubiak, Magdalena Lara, Piotr Macha, Anita Mikas, Maryna Sakowska, Piotr Szpilski, Justyna Smidowicz; Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel:
Nadine Braun, Ying- Chih Chen, Jimok Choi, Ute Diez, Ina Gajewski, Stefanie Hillmer, Migiwa Kobayashi, Judith Kuhlmann, Tugba Özdemir, Ileana Pascalau, David Scheffler)

and was curator of the German Pavilion at the Dubai Photo Exhibition earlier this spring.

Curator
European Month of Photography Berlin (MdF)
September 2013 – 2015 (2 years)BerlinMemory Lab: The Sentimental Turn. Photography Challenges History. Central exhibition oft he 6th Month of Photograhy Berlin, a biennial photo festival in Berlin, Broomberg and Chanarin, Antoine d’Agata, Attila Floszmann, Vera Frenkel, Nan Goldin, Stephanie Kloss, Marko Lipus, Klaus Mettig, Andreas Mühe, Erwin Olaf, Trevor Paglen, Aura Rosenberg, Anna Charlotte Schmid, Tomáš Šoltýs, Nasan Tur, Pablo Zuleta-Zahr 
Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Catalogue

Curator
neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK)
2001 – 2012 (11 years)Berlin2012: (Juni 14 through September 17, 2012) „ALFREDO JAAR -THE WAY IT IS. AN AESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE“, decentralized art exhibition at three Berlin venues, simultaneously at NGBK, Berlinische Galerie, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin (with support by Capital Culture Fund, Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (Artists-in-Berlin-Program) and artEDU Foundation, Zurich); Catalogue authors: Lucy Lippard, Chantal Mouffe, Adriana Valdés, Christian Höller, Steffen Haug, Michaela Richter, Frank Wagner

2006/ 2007: „FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES – A Retrospective / eine Retrospektive“; Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (a cooperation of NGBK and Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof with funds of Hauptstadtkulturfonds), catalogue (writers: Julie Ault, Gregor Stemmrich, Frank Wagner, Michael Wetzel, and others)

2003: VALIE EXPORT – MEDIALE ANAGRAMME, a retrospective of the seminal Austrian Artist in Berlin; NGBK Berlin at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, co- curated together with Dr. Hildtrud Ebert; catalogue, poster.

Guest curator
Muthesius Academy of Art (Kunsthochschule) and Stadtgalerie Kiel
2010 – 2011 (1 year)Kiel2011: (January 28 – April 03, 2011) gehen blühen fließen – Naturverhältnisse in der Kunst (Walking Blooming Flowing – Conditions of Nature in Contemporary Art). Stadtgalerie Kiel. Artists included: Dieter Appelt, Diane Borsato, Marcel Broodthaers, Donna Conlon, Dorothy Cross, Jef Geys, Stephanie Kloss, Peter Knoch, Jochen Lempert, Mary Lucier, Allan McCollum, Ulrike Mohr, Piotr Nathan, Eva Maria Ocherbauer, Anna Oppermann, Jean Painlevé, Reynold Reynolds, Miron Schmückle, Eva-Maria Schön, Francesco Simeti, Nanae Suzuki, Jorinde Voigt, Franziska and Lois Weinberger, u.a.; Stadtgalerie Kiel (a cooperation of Stadtgalerie Kiel and Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel); catalogue, poster, leaflet

Guest curator
Cobra Museum of Modern Art
2007 – 2008 (1 year)Amsterdam / Amstelveen2008: GEWOON ANDERS (JUST DIFFERENT), cobra museum voor moderne kunst, Amstelveen/Amsterdam; Artists: David Armstrong, Rachid Ben Ali, Paul Blanca, Marc Brandenburg, Daniela Comani, Patricia Cronin, Katrina Daschner, Kerstin Drechsel, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Köken Ergun, Amir Fattal, Hans-Peter Feldmann, General Idea, Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, Richard Hawkins, Risk Hazekamp, David Hockney, Deborah Kass, Heinz Peter Knes, Ins A Kromminga, Sabina Maria van der Linden, Lovett/Codagnone, Hans van Manen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marlene McCarty, Bas Meerman, Tracey Moffatt, Piotr Nathan, Erwin Olaf, Ulrike Ottinger, Chi Peng, SUSI POP, Karol Radziszewski, Aurora Reinhard, Richard Sawdon Smith, Erik Schmidt, Johanna Schweizer, Katharina Sieverding, Wolfgang Tillmans, Francesco Vezzoli, Gitte Villesen, Anthony Viti, Del LaGrace Volcano, Gert Weigelt, David Wojnarowicz
Catalogue, poster

Guest Curator
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2004 – 2006 (2 years)Cologne2006: THE EIGHTH SQUARE – GENDER, LIFE AND DESIRE IN THE VISUAL ARTS SINCE 1960. A thematical survey on marginalized sexuality in the arts at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, at all levels of the museum building, curated by Frank Wagner and Kasper Koenig. With works by David Altmejd, Kenneth Anger, Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Stephen Barker, Matthew Barney, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Marc Brandenburg, Brassaï, Kaucyila Brooke, Tom Burr, Claude Cahun, Daniela Comani, Lucky DeBellevue, Kerstin Drechsel, Marcel Duchamp/ Man Ray, Cheryl Dunye, Thomas Eggerer, Nicole Eisenman, Steven Evans, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jochen Flinzer, Annette Frick, General Idea, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Jonathan Horowitz, Peter Hujar, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Deborah Kass, Jürgen Klauke, Peter Knoch, Ferdinand Kriwet, Ins A Kromminga, Inez van Lamsweerde, Zoe Leonard, John Lindell, Lovett/Codagnone, Attila Richard Lukacs, Winja Lutz und Toni Schmale, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marlene McCarty, Bjørn Melhus, Michaela Melián, Annette Messager, Tracey Moffatt, Donald Moffett, Pierre Molinier, Yasumasa Morimura, Piotr Nathan, Bruce Nauman, Marcel Odenbach, Henrik Olesen, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Adrian Piper, Susi Pop, Robert Rauschenberg, Aurora Reinhard, Salomé, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding, Dayanita Singh, Markus Sixay, Jack Smith, Ingo Taubhorn, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cy Twombly, Gitte Villesen, Del LaGrace Volcano, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz; 
Catalogue: Hatje Cantz with essays by Judith Butler, D. Crimp, D. Diederichsen, H. Fricke, J. Friedrich, H. Loreck, Th. Meinecke, E. Meyer, C. Nord and F. Wagner. 
Thomas Meinecke published the book „Feldforschung“ (Field Research) with stories about the exhibition topics (Suhrkamp/Frankfurt/Main). The book was distributed free with the tickets for the show.

Curator
Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art and Arsenals Exhibition Hall
2000 – 2001 (1 year)Riga2001: MUSDIENU UTOPIJA – CONTEMPORARY UTOPIA, an international exhibition about the interrelation of art and cinema, vaguely based on Michelangelo Antonioni’s ”Zabriskie Point” in various spaces in Riga, Latvia, including Art in Ruins (London), Julie Ault and Martin Beck (New York), Valie Export (Vienna), Stan Douglas (Vancouver), Mina Totino (Vancouver), Wolfgang Tillmans (London), Piotr Nathan (Berlin), Andris Grinbergs (Riga), Andris Fridbergs (Riga), Monika Pormale (Riga), Ieva Rubeze (Riga), Bettina Allamoda (Berlin), Liam Gillick (London), Natacha Nisic (Paris), Lovett/Codagnone (New York), Mike Ballou (New York), Erik Schmidt (Berlin), Loring McAlpin (New York) Anita Zabilevska (Riga), Eriks Bozis (Ljiepala), Dace Dzerinja (Riga), Dita and Anta Pence (Riga), Marc Brandenburg (Berlin), Michaela Melián (München) Gints Gabrans (Riga), Mikelis Fishers (Riga), Kristaps Gelzis (Riga), Katharina Sieverding (Düsseldorf), Rainer Kamlah (Berlin), DL Alvarez (New York) Conference, film program, catalogue with Texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Helena Demakova, Art in Ruins, Mara Traumane, and Frank Wagner, poster

Guest curator
Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
1997 – 1998 (1 year)GenevaLes mondes du Sida - Entre résignation et espoire (AIDS WORLDS: Between Resignation and Hope), Exhibition parallel with the 12th World-Aids-Conference 1998 in Geneva, Switzerland, Centre d'Art Contemporain and a counseling space in Geneva; artists: Martine Anderfuhren (CH), Greg Day (USA), Owusu Ankomah (Ghana), Fernando Arias (Columbia), Zaquen Gimaraes (Brasil), Lyle Ashton Harris (USA), Pipilotti Rist (CH), Claudio Goulart (Brasil), John Lindell (USA), Moshekwa Langa (South Africa), Cheri Samba (Zaire), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Aura Rosenberg (USA), Chrysanne Stathacos (USA), General Idea (CAN) Tony Feher (USA), Jim Hodges (USA), Isaac Julien (GB), Edilson Viriato (Brasil), Piotr Nathan (D),  Hunter Reynolds (USA), Hentje van der Merwe (South Africa), Mina Totino (CAN), Ruedi Weber (CH) and others; catalogue with four supplements in English, French, Italian, German), leaflet, poster. The exhibition travelled in a redimensioned scope to Bellinzona/Ticino in November 1998 until January 1999.

Guest curator
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
1994 – 1995 (1 year)BerlinFamily Nation Tribe Community Shift. Contemporary artistic concepts in the House of World Cultures. An exhibition about ideology and utopia in contemporary art, including: Bettina Allamoda, Martha Rosler, Lincoln Tobier, Wolfgang Tillmans, Edward Kienholz, Aziz & Cucher, Anna Petrie, Loring McAlpin, Lovett/Codagnone, Alfredo Jaar, Elaine Sturtevant, Mike Kelley, Mitra Tabrizian, Christian Philipp Müller, Danny Tisdale, Los Carpinteros; catalogue, poster.

Patina du Prey's Memorial Dress
1993  Essay "Making a Difference" written by Frank Wagner in 1993 as part of the creation and first exhibition of the Memorial Dress made possible by the generous support  of Fran Wagner and NGBK in Berlin Germany












 

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Hunter Reynolds 
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