Artists biographies
Christina Weiss

Christina Weiss was born in 1953. She completed a degree course in comparative literature, German and Italian language and literature studies, and art history, graduating in 1982. The topic of her dissertation was ‘Seh-Texte. Zur Erweiterung des Textbegriffs in konkreten und nach-konkreten visuellen Texten’ (Visual Texts. Expansion of the text concept into concrete and post-concrete visual texts).

Between 1977 and 1986 Christina Weiss was an academic assistant at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Siegen; in 1987 she was an editor at ART. She is a member of the jury of the ‘Bestenliste’ of the Südwestrundfunk-Literaturmagazin. She also works as a freelance literature and art critic.

Between 1989 and 1991 Christina Weiss was programme director of the Literaturhaus Hamburg; between 1991 and 2001 the senator (state minister) of culture for the city of Hamburg. Between 1993 and 1997 she was also the equality senator. After that (2002–2005) she held the position of junior minister for culture and media in the office of the Federal Chancellor.

Since 2006 she has worked as a journalist and holds various positions in foundations: director of the board of trustees and member of the foundation board of the Allianz Kulturstiftung, member of the foundation board of the Schering-Stiftung and member of the board of trustees of the ZEIT-Stiftung. Between 2008 and 2014 Christina Weiss took on the role of president of Freunde der Nationalgalerie e.V., Berlin. She is also an honorary professor at Saarland University in comparative literature. She is a jury member for the Karl-Sczuka prize for SWR (audio play as radio art) and is a member of the executive committee of the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie and the Patronatsgesellschaft of the Ensemble Modern.

Christina Weiss © Thomas Kierok Christina Weiss © Thomas Kierok

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017