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Dr. Regine Ehleiter

Regine Ehleiter
Image Credit: Lorenz Brandtner

Professional-Track Postdoc



Freie Universität Berlin EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
Room 01.05
14195 Berlin

Regine Ehleiter holds an MA in Cultural Studies, Art History and Journalism from the University of Leipzig and a PhD (summa cum laude) in Art History from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig with a dissertation on publications as sites of exhibition in the 1960s (to be published by Edition Metzel, 2023).

Regine Ehleiter has worked as a Research Associate in Art History at the University of Hildesheim (2019–20) and at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (2021–22). From 2015 to 2016, a doctoral grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) allowed her to carry out extensive archival research in New York and Washington, D.C. Following that she worked as a guest researcher at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and then as a Predoctoral Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Alongside pursuing her PhD, Regine Ehleiter has worked as a curator in the field of contemporary art: she was a member of the curatorial team at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2011–13), worked for the 6th f/stop Festival for Contemporary Photography in Leipzig (2014) and the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (2017). She recently started the curatorial project "Reading Artists' Books" with Tabea Nixdorff.

In September 2022, Regine Ehleiter joined the EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities" as a Professional-Track Postdoc to pursue her new project on "Writing as Artistic Practice".

  • SoSe 2022 | MA-Seminar: "Writing as Artistic Practice", Institut für Theorie (IfT), Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB Leipzig)
  • SoSe 2022 | MA-Seminar: "From Pixel to Blockchain. Contextualising Digital Imaging Prac­ti­ces", IfT, HGB Leipzig
  •  WiSe 2021/22 | Grundkurs I: "Einführung in die Kunstgeschichte und -theorie", IfT, HGB Leipzig
  •  WiSe 2021/22 | MA-Seminar: "Beyond New York: Globaler Konzeptualismus", IfT, HGB Leipzig
  •  WiSe 2021/22 | Workshop: "Fiktive Institutionen" (28./29.10.2020), Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
  •  SoSe 2020 | MA-Seminar: "Feministische Kunst der 1970er Jahre", Stiftung Uni­ver­sität Hildes­heim
  •  WiSe 2019/20 | BA-Seminar: "Beyond New York: Schlaglichter eines 'globalen Konzeptualismus'", Stif­tung Universität Hildesheim
  •  WiSe 2019/20 | BA-Seminar: "Praktiken des Publizierens in der Kunst seit 1960", Stif­tung Universität Hildesheim
  •  WiSe 2019/20 | Exkursion zum Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Weserburg, Bremen, Stif­tung Universität Hildesheim
  •  WiSe 2017/18 | MA-Seminar: "Seth Siegelaub. Die Erweiterung des kuratorischen Raums", Goe­t­­he Universität Frankfurt am Main, Studiengang „Curatorial Studies – Theorie – Geschi­chte – Kritik“
  •  WiSe 2014/15 | BA-Seminar: "Curating in the Expanded Field – Modelle erweiterter kura­to­ri­scher Ausstellungspraxis", Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, Universität Leip­zig

Current research includes an EXC 2020 post-doctoral research project, Writing as Artistic Practice (2022-).

Research interests:

  • Exhibition Histories
  • Conceptualism
  • Artists’ publications with a specialisation on books, magazines and ephemera of the long 1960s
  • Contemporary Photography and the history of photo books
  • Intersections of Literature and Art

PhD project Praxisformen des Ausstellens in Publikationen. Zum Wandel des Öffentlichwerdens von Kunst in den 1960er-Jahren

In my PhD dissertation I examined the international emergence of experimental exhibition practices in publications in the period from 1963 to 1970. I conceived three thematic chapters on participation, 'dematerialization' and internationalism, focusing on the potentials, desired effects and possible attributions historically associated with the use of the publication format in the exhibition context in the 1960s. The 'portable galleries' by Barbara Block and Christian Chruxin in West Berlin, catalogue exhibitions by Seth Siegelaub in New York, expository projects by the Japanese conceptual artist Matsuzawa Yutaka and bulletin exhibitions by the Amsterdam gallery Art & Project are analysed in in-depth case studies. Due to their unorthodox medium and mode of appearance, many of these projects did not enter the discourse under the term 'exhibition' prior to my study.

Methodologically, I work with the concept of 'entangled histories' and praxeology. By bringing together case studies that previously existed primarily within individual, nationally shaped art historical narratives, the study contributes to an interconnected transnational history of exhibiting in publications; it identifies manifestations of synchronicity, both in the context of personal contacts and in terms of retrospectively reconstructed parallels. The central motif of the exchange, as it characterises the sending of ephemera in mail art, is also reflected in my writing: Chapter 3, on 'Internationalism', for instance, makes the points of contact and interdependencies between the examined exhibition practices in the Netherlands and Japan a structuring principle


  • Wall & Page: Julia Borns 'Title of the Show' (2009) im Kontext konzeptueller Ausstellungen der 1960er Jahre. Guest lecture in the series 'Bauhaus Masters Lectures', organised by the Visual Communication Department of the Bauhaus University, Weimar (22.11.2022).
  • (Re-)Materialising Lisson's Wall Show. Conference Presentation at documenta Institute, University of Kassel as part of the workshop 'Ausstellbarkeit der Conceptual Art', organised by Prof. Dr. Felix Vogel (15.10.2022).
  • Reading Artists' Books @ HGB Library. Introduction, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (12.7.2022). https://www.hgb-leipzig.de/hochschule/kalender/1477 
  • Wall and Page: Spaces of Display. Conference presentation at Burg Giebichenstein Academy of Arts Halle, at the symposium Von hier aus… noch zu bestimmen (17.6.2022). https://www.burg-halle.de/hochschule/information/aktuelles/a/symposium-von-hier-aus-noch-zu-bestimmen/
  • Reading Artists' Books: Remembering Doro. Introduction (together with Tabea Nixdorff), Zoom gathering in commemoration of Doro Boehme (20.3.2022).
  • Jenseits anthropozentrischer Maß­stäbe? Zur Denkfigur des “Planetaren” im Kunstdiskurs der Gegenwart (Beyond An­thro­po­­cen­trism? The ‘Planetary’ as a Figure of Thought in Contemporary Art Discourse). Lecture, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (21.1.2022).
  • Conversation with the artist Samuel Bich and Printed Matter director Max Schumann on the release of the artist publication Catalog / Artists’ Books / Printed Matter / 1976–2020 / $48.66, online programming of Printed Matter, New York (11.3.2021). http://youtu.be/FiIIaRSgQko
  • Vergleichbarkeit als Ideal. Die Stan­dar­di­sierung der Ausstellungssituation bei Seth Siegelaub (The Ideal of Com­pa­ra­bility. Seth Siegelaub and the Standardisation of the Exhibition Situation). Conference presentation at the University of Bielefeld as part of the conference Kuratorische Praktiken des Vergleichens, organised by Dr. Britta Hochkirchen (15.11.2018).
  • Partizipation gestalten. Christian Chruxins konzeptuelle Verknüpfung von Publikation und Ausstellung im Programm der Westberliner Galerie situationen 60 (1963-1966) (Designing Participation. Christian Chruxin’s Conceptual Coupling of Publication and Exhibition in the Program of the West-Berlin gallery situations 60, 1963-1966). Conference presentation at the HfG-Archive Ulm as part of the conference Gestaltung ausstellen. Zeigeordnungen, 1950-1970“, organised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel, Dr. Martin Mäntele, Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel (30.10.2018).
  • ‘A verbal-visual experiment in repetitive photographs’: Reconstructing Lucy Lippard’s exhibition ‘Groups’ (1969/1970)’. Public talk at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London, as part of the workshop Wall and Page Display. Reconsidering Presentational Context in Photographic Exhibitions, 1950–1970 (18.4.2018).
  • The Publication-as-Exhibition. Expanding the Terms of Display. Guest lecture at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London on invitation by Susan Johanknecht, Senior Lecturer, M.A. Visual Arts: Book Arts (7.2.2018). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB5zcCkDydE
  • Printed Exhibitions – Expanding the Terms of Display. Public lecture, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway (24.5.2017).
  • My Gallery is the World Now – Seth Siegelaub and the catalogue-as-exhibition. Conference presentation, Plymouth University, as part of the AAH New Voices Confe­ren­ces 2016 Art Outside the Gallery (25.11.2016).
  • Bookworks and Beyond. Eine Homage an Clive Phillpot. Public lecture, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, as part of the Cologne Art Book Fair 2016 (20.8.2016).
  • The Publication-as-Exhibition. Unfolding situationen 60’s ‘Portable Galleries’. Conference Presentation, Consulate General of Germany, NYC, as part of the workshop Artists’ Publications: Revisions of Multiples and Conceptual Photography around 1970 (20.5.2016).
  • Paginated Exhibitions. Public talk, panel with Charles Stankievech, at MoMA PS 1, New York, as part of the New York Art Book Fair 2015 (20.9.2015).

Organisation of scholarly meetings


(Forthcoming) Praktiken des Ausstellens in Publikationen. Zum Wandel des Öffentlichwerdens von Kunst in den 1960er Jahren, based on Ph.D., Munich: Edition Metzel, 2023.

Get lucky! Exh. cat. 6th Festival for Photography Leipzig f/stop (7.–15.6.2014), co-edited with Christin Krause and Thilo Scheffler, Leipzig: Lubok, 2014.

Thanks For Sharing! Artzine exhibition and symposium, exh. cat. D21 Kunstraum Leipzig (8.5.–30.6.2010), Leipzig: D21 Kunstraum, 2010.


Academic Essays in Journals and Exhibition Catalogues

(Forthcoming 2023) ‘The Art & Project Bulletins as a Site of Exhibition, Experimentation, and “International” Exchange’, catalog essay, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo, NL.

‘Window Display. Zur Renaissance der Schaufensterausstellung’, in: Colophon. Magazin für Kunst und Theorie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität und der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Issue 1 (Display), Munich: Hamman von Mier, 2021, pp. 3-5.

‘In the Domain of Books: Günther Förg’s Artists Books as a Product of His Library’, in: Hans Werner Holz­­­warth (ed.), Günther Förg. Works From the Friedrichs Collection, Berlin: Holzwarth, 2019, pp. 193-197 (German: pp. 187-192).

‘The Exhibition as Catalogue. Suggestions for an Expanded Understanding of Display’, in: Exhibiting the Exhibition: From the Cabinet of Curiosities to the Curatorial Situation, exh. cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2.3.–17.6.2018), Cologne: König, 2018, pp. 129-133.

‘Von der Wand auf die Seite in den Raum der “portable Galerie”: Ausstellungen und Publikationen der Berliner Galerie situationen 60 zwischen Dokumentation und Kunst’, in: MAP – Media | Archive | Performance, 9, May and December 2018, ed. by Barbara Büscher, Franz Anton Cramer, René Damm, Verena Elisabet Eitel, Elisabeth Heymer, Lucie Ortmann. http://www.perfomap.de/map9/kunst-buch/von-der-wand-auf-die-seite-in-den-raum-der-portablen-galerie/ausstellungen-und-publikationen-der-berliner-galerie-situationen-60#_edn2

‘The Art and Manner of Exhibiting Books’, in: Dressed in Black, eds. Wayne Daly and Adrien Vasquez, London: Precinct, 2017, pp. 15-28.

‘What’s Unfolding’, in: What’s Unfolding. Fellows of the Artists’ Residence Schloss Balmoral and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate 2016/17, ed. Oliver Kornhoff, exh. cat. Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (12.2.2017–26.6.2017), Cologne: Salon Verlag, 2017, pp. 13-35.

‘The Why and What Of: The New Context of Art’, in: Books and Ideas After Seth Siegelaub, exh. cat. Center for Book Arts, New York (4.10.–14.12.2013), Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016, pp. 10-15.

‘Wall Works at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden since 1970 – a selection’, together with Dirk Teuber, in: Auf Zeit, exh. cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (20.7.­27.10.2013), Kunsthalle Bielefeld (4.8.–20.10.2013), ed. by Johan Holten and Friedrich Meschede, Cologne: König 2013, pp. 67-73.


Short Catalogue Texts

Work texts for ‘Eloise Hawser’ and ‘Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett’, in: Territories of Waste, exh. cat. Museum Tinguely, Basel, 14.9.2022–8.1.2023, ed. by Sandra Beate Reimann, p. 37 and p. 83.

‘Von der Linie zum Raum’, in: Benno Blome, 66 Zeichnungen, Bielefeld: Kerber, 2022, pp.1-2.

‘A look at the 1960s: remarks on the concept of “a book in the form of an exhibition”’, in: Jae Kyung Kim (ed.), ein Buch in Form einer Ausstellung, Berlin: einBuch.haus, 2021, pp. 18-25 (German: pp. 7-17).

'David Horvitz. Sad, Depressed, People’, in: Get lucky!, exh. cat. 6th Festival for Photography Leipzig f/stop (7.–15.6.2014), Leipzig: Lubok, 2014, p. 47, and ‘Roe Ethridge. Sacrifice Your Body’, in: ibid., pp. 94-99.

‘Metahaven’, in: Macht der Machtlosen, exh. cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (16.11.2013-9.2.2014), ed. Johan Holten, Cologne: König 2013, pp. 105-106.

‘Rachel Sussman: The Oldest Living Things in the World’, in: Exhibitions at 45cbm studio space, exh. cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, ed. Johan Holten, Baden-Baden 2013, pp. 11-13, and ‘Triin Tamm: The Carousel Collection’, in: Ibid., pp. 31-33.

‘Christo & Jeanne-Claude’, ‘Alfredo Jaar’ and ‘Francis Alÿs’, in: Bilderbedarf – Braucht Gesellschaft Kunst?, exh. cat. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (20.10.2012–17.2.2013), Cologne: König 2012, p. 101, p. 129, p. 137.

‘Thanks For Sharing’, in: Open Books, exh. cat. Centre national de l’edition et de l’art imprimé, Paris (8.–21.9.2011), eds. Charlotte Cheetham and Sophie Demay, London: Hato Press 2011, pp. 99-100.


Book and Exhibition Reviews

‘Analogfotografie in der digitalen Gegenwart. Zur Ausstellung Analog Total. Fotografie heute im Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig’, exhibition review, in: Photonews 3/22, n.p.

‘I Never Write, I Just Do’, book review of ‘Seth Siegelaub. “Better Read Than Dead”: Writings and Interviews, 1964–2013’, in: Texte zur Kunst 31/122, June 2021, pp. 207-2011.

‘Alwin Lay. Perforation. Der regelmäßige Durchbruch‘, in: Eikon – Internationales Magazin für Fotografie und Medienkunst 110/111, June/September 2020, pp. 34-37.

‘Publishing Manifestos. An International Anthology from Artists and Writers’, book review, in: Camera Austria International 146, June 2019, pp. 85f.

‘(Post-)Conceptual: Vom Raum zum Buch zur Ausstellung’, review of the exhibition more Konzeption Conception now at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, in: Kunstchronik 68: 12, December 2015, pp. 590–593.

‘Mirror on the Wall’, review of the exhibition Per Speculum Me Video at Frankfurter Kunstverein, 31.10.2013-5.1.2014, in: Eikon – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art 84-85, March 2014, pp. 108-109.

‘Clive Phillpot: Booktrek. Selected Essays on Artist’s Books’, book review, in: Camera Austria International 124, December 2013, pp. 91-92.

‘Rebellion against Aesthetics’, review of the exhibition Better Books: Kunst, Anarchie und Apostasie at ZKM, Karlsruhe (3.11.2012-6.1.2013), in: Spike Art Quarterly 34, 2012, pp.120-121.

‘Liner Notes. Selbstreflexives Sourcebook. Über das Büchermachen im Umfeld der Leipziger Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst’, in: Kunststoff Kulturmagazin 16, 2009, p. 52.


Other Publications (selected)

‘Historische Publikationsprojekte widersprachen den üblichen Konventionen und Definitionen einer “Ausstellung”’, in: Ant!foto Magazin 5, Jun. 2020, ed. by Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, n.p.

‘Lucy Lippard: Groups’, in: Camera Austria International 147, September 2019, pp. 49-52.

‘The Library as Fun Palace’, introduction and conversation with Clive Phillpot, ed. by Nick Thurston, in conjunction with the exhibition The House That Heals The Soul, The Tetley, Leeds (9.2.–22.4.2018).

‘ReviewMarathon’, report on the ABOUT Self-Publishing Fair, Mainz (4.6.-5.2012), text projected while written on site, later published in: Steady-Magazin 5, 2012, pp. 3-5.