Charlotte Matter, M.A.

Charlotte Matter, M.A.



  • Artistic practices of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Materiality
  • Feminist discourses
  • Decolonial thinking
  • Exhibition history


Made of Plastics: Uneasy Liaisons Between Art and Industry Around 1968

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Furniture and Masks: Mimesis in the Work of Bruno Gironcoli, (exhibition catalogue Vienna 2018), ed. Manuela Ammer, Cologne 2018, pp. 270–280.
  • (ed. with Antonie Bassing-Kontopidis, Laura Hindelang and Filine Wagner), Into the Wild: Art and Architecture in a Global Context, Munich 2018.


Charlotte Matter studied art history and film studies at the University of Zurich. Her Master's thesis looked at Hélio Oiticica's Tropicália and the contextual shifts between the two versions of the work: one exhibited at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (1967) and the other at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (1969). Since 2015, she has been a research assistant at the University of Zurich's Institute of Art History, where she coordinates the Specialized Master's degree "Art History in a Global Context" and teaches courses on postcolonial and transcultural methodologies, art in Latin America and the history of exhibitions. Her dissertation explores the use of plastics in artistic practices around 1968. The project confronts the uneasy relationship between art and industry during a period of global turmoil, with case studies in Argentina and Italy. Drawing from materialist feminist discourses, her focus is on female artists and critics. During the academic year of 2019/2020, she carries on on her research at Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History and is a resident at Istituto Svizzero di Roma.

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