Dr Marius Kwint is Reader in Visual Culture in the School of Art and Design, University of Portsmouth, UK. He graduated in Cultural History from the University of Aberdeen in 1988, taking the Lyon Prize, and wrote his DPhil thesis on the eighteenth-century English circus at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he won the Richard Selig Prize for Poetry. Subsequent posts included research fellowships at the Houghton Library, Harvard University and jointly at the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, where he led the organization and publication of the influential 1998 conference Material Memories: Design and Evocation. From 1999 to 2008 he served as Lecturer in History of Art and (from 2004) Fellow of St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. He joined Portsmouth in 2008.
Marius Kwint has contributed essays to many exhibition catalogues and monographs on contemporary art, especially on interdisciplinary and inter-cultural artistic entanglements. Curatorial projects have included originating Einfach Komplex (Simply Complex), a major exhibition on the branching form in scientific visual culture at the Museum of Design (Museum für Gestaltung) in Zurich, in 2005. In 2012 Kwint was guest curator of Brains: the Mind as Matter at Wellcome Collection, London, with a revised version at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Manchester in 2013. Brains was the most attended exhibition ever held by Wellcome and attracted international press coverage. His latest major project was with New York and Asia-based gallerist Sundaram Tagore, co-curating the 2015 Venice Biennale official collateral event Frontiers Re-imagined: Art That Connects Us. This featured 44 artists from around the world on the subject of cultural borders and crossing-points and was rated by The Art Newspaper and other journals as one of the top shows across the city during the Biennale.