Marlene Rigler (* Vienna, Austria, 1979) is an arts theorician and curator with academic background in Aesthetics, Media and Contemporary Literature. She holds university degrees of Sorbonne, Paris and postgraduate (phd) degrees of Institut de Sciences Politiques Grenoble, France, as well as Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria.
After a year-long curatorial training at P.S. 1 MOMA –Contemporary Art Centre New York in 2003, she moved to Paris to collaborate with curator Hou Hanru in implementing the exhibition « Zone of Urgency » at Venice Biennial 2003’s Arsenale section. From 2005 to 2007, Marlene Rigler was in charge of temporary exhibitions at the newly founded Mémorial de la Shoah Museum in Paris (www.memorialdelashoah.og). In December 2007, she joined the Brussels-based centre for media art, Argos (www.argosarts.org), where she curated and organised group exhibitions and video-screenings on a world-wide basis. From October 2009 until December 2012, M. Rigler held the position of artistic director of Platform3 – Spaces for contemporary art in Munich, Germany (www.platform3.de). There, she conceived and led a training programme for young arts professionals, providing them with hands-on-experience and expertise in fundraising, PR, finances and exhibition-making. From May, 2013 to May 2015, she was the founding director of the new art centre “Le 116” in the East of Paris, developing a new type of collaborative, international art institution. Besides her institutional engagements, she works on a series of artistically and civically engaged projects throughout Europe and co-directs the non-profit art space khiasma (www.khiasma.org) in the periphery of Paris. M. Rigler has received numerous grants, most recently the fellowship of Goethe Institute and FRAME Finland.