The art historian, curator and museum director Peter Weiermair is dead. According to the gallery owner Ursula Krinzinger, he died last Friday at the age of 77. Weiermair had headed the Salzburg Rupertinum and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna.
Weiermair had a decisive influence on photography as art and art as photography and put it in a new light internationally and repositioned young art nationally and internationally. “He co-invented the thematic exhibition as such on an international level. He was a great friend of the artists and galleries, especially in terms of people, ”says the letter from gallery owner Ursula Krinzinger.
Weiermair also works as a journalist in Salzburg
Weiermair was born on April 22nd, 1944 in Steinhörnig in Upper Bavaria and grew up in Innsbruck. He studied art history, German language and literature and philosophy in Innsbruck and Vienna, and in the 1960s and 1970s he wrote exhibition reviews and cultural-political commentaries for the “Salzburger Nachrichten”. In 1966 he founded the publishing house “allerheiligenpresse”, and in 1968 the “Forum for Contemporary Art” in Innsbruck, which he headed until 1979. In addition to his journalistic activities, Weiermair also worked as a curator at the Tiroler Landesgalerie Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck from 1969 to 1979.
1997 appointed as Rupertinum director
From 1980 he headed the Frankfurter Kunstverein and was professor for contemporary art and art education at the Offenbach University of Design. In 1997 he was appointed director of the Salzburg Rupertinum, succeeding museum founder Otto Breicha. In 2001 he moved to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna as director, which he managed until 2007. After his time in Bologna, Peter Weiermair lived again in Innsbruck and worked as a freelance curator primarily in Austria. For example, he curated the theme exhibition “The Portrait. Photography as a stage ”. In 2014, the exhibition “Rainer and Ancient Art” curated by Weiermair was on view at the Arnulf Rainer Museum in Baden.