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Photo: Cora Pongracz, Cathrin Pichler © Photo Collection OstLicht

Cathrin Pichler was born in 1946 in Gmunden, Upper Austria. She studied journalism, art history, sociology and psychology as well as communication theory and information aesthetics. From 1977 to 1982 she was working as a project manager at the Institute of Conflict Research in Vienna. Afterwards she worked as a freelancer at that Institute until 1985. During this time she also worked at the Institute of Demography of theAustrian Academy of Sciences. From 1992 to 1994 she was the first federal art curator together with Robert Fleck. In 1995 she was appointed chief curator of the Kunsthalle Wien, but gave up this post after two years and remained a freelance curator and lecturer at several universities. Cathrin Pichler died in Vienna on June 29, 2012 after a serious illness.