Adelina von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (née Cüberyan) is a renowned international curator and one of the field’s pioneers in broadening contemporary art. A Swiss citizen of Armenian origin — granddaughter of the Armenian architect Dikran Kalfa Cüberyan — she was born in Istanbul, and married when she was still at the university, to the photographer Graf Franz Egon von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (b. 1939), son of Gloria Guinness (1912-1980) and Count Franz-Egon von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (1896-1975).
Von Fürstenberg was one of the first curators to show an interest in non-European artists, thus opening the way for a multicultural approach in art. She is also a curator who took a more global and flexible approach to contemporary art exhibitions, in bringing art in spaces such as monasteries, medersas, large public buildings, squares, islands, parks, etc. Her objective is to give a larger context for visual art in making it a more vigorous part of our lives, in creating a more vivid dialogue for it with other arts, and relating it more to worldwide social issues.
During her studies of Political Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Adelina von Fürstenberg founded the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, which she directed until 1989, presenting several solo shows of the pioneers of Pop Art, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Minimal Art such as Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Laurence Weiner. In the same period she organized performances with John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Joan Jonas, Trisha Brown, Marina Abramović, Robert Wilson and many group exhibitions, among them the well known open-air exhibition Promenades (1985), on the Lake Leman shores at Parc Lullin, Genthod with the sculptures and site-specific art installations with the Arte Povera artists.
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