Kata Oltai, born 1979, curator, art historian and creative producer, lives and works in Budapest. Graduated in Art History, Aesthetics and French Litterature, later in 2012 started an MA in Cultural Anthropology.
After gathering her first experiences in the early 2000’s in a commercial gallery, she started to work as assistant curator with Barnabás Bencsik in 2006, while MEO, the first Hungarian private art institution was reopened. From 2007 she continued as programme coordinator and co-curated several group and solo shows for Hungarian and international artists. From 2009, she started to work in Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest as a curator, where her projects included Pál Gerber’s retrospective exhibition, Rita Ackermann’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Hungary; as well as the coordination of the retrospective exhibition of László Moholy-Nagy in 2011 and the Martin Munkácsi show in 2010.
Meanwhile she had an intensive relationship with the independent art scene, for example she was the project manager of the exhibition series Over-view, organised in cooperation with the Studio of Young Photographers (started in 2010); or worked for 5 years with the Budapest Art Fair, as the programme coordinator of the contemporary section.
Her publications, books and catalogues include major essays about feminist art, gender roles, and the Hungarian art scene since the 90s: oeuvre catalogue of Kriszta Nagy (2007), or Pál Gerber (2009); Context (2012) about the different possible aspects of the Hungarian contemporary art scene; her recent book is about Zsuzsi Ujj’s work, a self-taught photographer in the 80s (2013).
Recently she is working on a yearlong exhibition series called Vanilla, about masculinities and feminities; opened a major group show entitled Second Skin. Visual Codes of Social Constructions in Robert Capa Center for Photography; and she has the Kállay Scholarship to research the Velem Textile Workshop in the 70s.
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