Professor Martin Grossmann


Professor Martin Grossmann is visiting the University of Birmingham in June 2016, having visited previously in December 2015.

Professor Grossmann is the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo (IEA USP) and full Professor of the School of Communication and Arts at USP. He was the director of Centro Cultural São Paulo from August 2006 to May 2010 and deputy director of USP’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) from 1998 to 2002. He is the creator and coordinator of Fórum Permanente: Between Public and Private, a mediation and cultural action platform. Martin has a degree in Fine Arts from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) and holds a Master’s from USP’s School of Communication and Arts (ECA) and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. He is the creator and coordinator of the first USP website (USP Online, 1995–1998). Grossmann’s research discusses the transition of material culture to a culture in virtuality, the relationship between contemporary art, its agents and institutions, the processes of artistic and cultural mediation and the development and maintenance of information systems for art and culture.

During his visits here Martin will be developing his current research project ‘Stranger's Guide to the Paradoxical Museum’ and developing synergies and research collaborations with The Barber Institute; Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage; The History of Medicine Unit; University Cultural Collections and colleagues in the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity and the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies.

Martin presented his current research, The Stranger's Guide to the Paradoxical Museum’ at a seminar on 10 December 2015.

Please contact Sue Gilligan if you would like to find out more about Martin’s work or to arrange a meeting.