LENA FRITSCH

Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art

Dr Lena Fritsch
Dr Lena Fritsch

Research Interests
I have researched and published on a wide range of modern and contemporary art, including Agnes Martin’s paintings and writings, the sculptures and paintings of Alberto Giacometti, and Japanese art and photography of the 20th and 21st Century. I am currently working on a book with Thames & Hudson that examines major photographic movements and themes in Japan since 1945. My PhD and book ‘The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s’ (2011) examined the human body as a motif in Japanese photographic art of the 1990s, with particular reference to socio-cultural issues. In 2012, I translated Daido Moriyama’s photo book ‘The Tales of Tono’ into English, to coincide with a survey of the artist at Tate Modern. Alongside this, I’m interested in the relationship of visual art and text; visual art and music; death as a subject in art; collective memory and national identity; body and gender theories.
 
Biography
As Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, I am responsible for the care and development of the Ashmolean’s post-1945 Western art collections. I develop international programmes and exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary Art. I’m also involved in research, publication and teaching.
 
Before joining the Ashmolean in August 2017, I worked as Assistant Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. I co-curated the large-scale retrospective exhibitions ‘Giacometti’ (2017) and ‘Agnes Martin’ (2015), and curated displays of works by artists such as Ai Weiwei and Simryn Gill. Together with the Asian Pacific Acquisitions Committee I helped Tate acquire major works by artists from the Asia-Pacific region. Before coming to the UK in 2013, I worked at the Directorate General, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin. I studied Art History, Japanese studies and English studies at Bonn University, Germany and Keio University, Tokyo and taught at the Art Academy Munster.
 
 
Featured Publications

2017 Giacometti, Tate Modern exhibition catalogue, London, co-editorship with Frances Morris, 304pp

2017 Alberto Giacometti, Tate Introductions, London, 80pp

2017 Wenn ich an Kunst denke, denke ich an Schönheit – Agnes Martins Schriften [When I think of Art I think of Beauty – Agnes Martin’s Writings], in: Renate Kroll and Susanne Gramatzki (eds.), Künstlerinnen schreiben, Berlin, pp.182–191

2016 Dark Pagodas and an Empty Bowl, in: Thomas Seelig (ed.), Jungjin Lee ECHO, Fotomuseum Winterthur exhibition catalogue, Winterthur, pp.61–66

2016 Endless Circles and Energetic Lines – Recent Works by Enrico Isamu Ōyama’, in: Enrico Isamu Ōyama. Like a Prime Number, New York, pp.16–20

2015 Kleider machen Leute: Die Adaption westlicher Kleidung im Meiji-Japan [Clothes Make the Man: The Adaptation of Western Clothing in Meiji Japan], in: Christiane Kühn (ed.), Zartrosa und Lichtblau: Japanische Fotografie der Meiji-Zeit 1868–1912, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin exhibition catalogue, Berlin, pp.37–46

2015 Von dunkler Dekadenz und christlicher Mystik: Verbindungen zwischen Geoffrey Hills Gedicht “A Pre-Raphaelite Notebook” und präraffaelitischen Bildern [Dark Decadence and Christian Mysticism: Relationships Between Geoffrey Hill’s Poem “A Pre-Raphaelite Notebook” and Pre-Raphaelite Paintings],in: Susanne Gramatzki and Renate Kroll (eds.), Wie Texte und Bilder zusammenfinden, Berlin, pp.83–94

2015 Well, I sit here and wait to be inspired: Photographs of Agnes Martin, in: Frances Morris (ed.), Agnes Martin, Tate Modern exhibition catalogue, London, pp.206–21

2015 The Floating Dresses of Hiroshima: War Memory in Ishiuchi Miyako’s Photography, in: Ayelet Zohar (ed.): Beyond Hiroshima: The Return of the Suppressed, Tel Aviv University gallery exhibition catalogue, Tel Aviv, pp.56–63

2014 Die Verpackung zählt! Miwa Yanagis fotografische Serie »Elevator Girls« (1998) und die Kunst des Verhüllens in japanischen Kaufhäusern [Wrapping Matters! Miwa Yanagi’s photographic series „Elevator Girls“ and the Art of Wrapping in Japanese Department Stores], in: Ute Seiderer and Michael Fisch (eds.): Haut und Hülle. Umschlag und Verpackung, Berlin, pp.194–206

2014 The Bittersweet Beauty of Ephemerality: Ishiuchi Miyako’s Photography, in: Louise Wolthers and Dragana Vujanovic (eds.), Miyako Ishiuchi: Hasselblad Award 2014, Heidelberg, pp.137–42

2012 Daido Moriyama. Tales of Tono (Translation from the Japanese and Introduction), London, 192pp

2011 The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s, Hildesheim, 372pp

2008 Yasumasa Morimuras “Self-Portrait as Actress”: Überlegungen zur Identität. Saarbrücken, 144pp