Katalin Timár is a curator and theorist. She works as a curator in the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest where her projects have included solo shows for artists such as Jeanne van Heeswijk (2004), João Penalva (2005), Wood and Harrison (2006), and Simon Starling (2008), and thematic exhibitions such as Budapest Box (2002, with Dóra Hegyi), Unmistakable Sentences (2010), The Hero, the Heroine and the Author (2012).
She was member of the curatorial teams of Cultural Territories (GfZK, Leipzig, 2003), The Last East-European Show (Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2003), and Gender / Art / Net (Berlin, 2008). Between 1999 and 2001, she was founding member of a research group for contemporary art theory, based at the Dept. of Aesthetics at ELTE University, Budapest. She has served as programme director of several international conferences and workshops, e.g. Ethics and Visuality: Constructing Social Space (with Douglas Crimp and Attila Horányi, 2000).
She was the curator of the Hungarian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, which received the Golden Lion Award for Best National Pavilion (with the participation of Andreas Fogarasi). She was the recipient of a Getty Grant (1999), a Doctoral Support Grant (CEU, 2000), and a Henry Moore Research Fellowship (2001).
She has given lectures and presentations at various institutions, e.g. at the curatorial course of the Royal College of Art, at the Goldsmiths, at the Tent (Rotterdam), in the Zacheta Gallery (Warsaw), at the CIHA and AICA congresses, etc. She has edited several catalogues and publications, and has written numerous essays and reviews (Artmargins, Springerin, Circa Magazine, etc.). She holds a PhD in Linguistics and teaches art history and theory at the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts at the University of Pécs (Hungary).