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Dr Marius Kwint

  • Qualifications: DPhil, MA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Reader in Visual Culture
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5623
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  • Department: School of Art, Design and Performance
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


My first degree was interdisciplinary, in Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen. I then took my doctorate at the University of Oxford, with a thesis on the circus in Georgian England. This work was published in the leading history journal Past and Present and more recently informed my chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (2012). Previous posts include research fellowships at the Houghton Library at Harvard and jointly at the V&A Museum and Royal College of Art, where I investigated the history of the souvenir and collecting and was lead editor of the book Material Memories: Design and Evocation (1999). For nearly ten years after that, I lectured and ran postgraduate research in History of Art at the University of Oxford, where I was elected Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2008.

Much of my recent research work has been based on exhibitions, and I enjoy their multifaceted nature. My most recent major project was as guest curator for the exhibition Brains: the Mind as Matter, on the history and practice of neuroscience,at Wellcome Collection in London in 2012 and revised for MOSI Manchester in 2013. This was the most popular exhibition ever held by Wellcome. I am currently associate curator with Sundaram Tagore for the art exhibition Frontiers Re-imagined at the Palazzo Grimani, Venice, to coincide with the Biennale 2015.

Teaching Responsibilities

Member of team delivering Visual Culture strand to all BA (Hons) courses in the School of Art and Design. Visual Culture representative on Course Management Group. Tutor for Dissertation (U20967) and Research Paper (U23968) options at Level 6.

Unit Coordinator for:

  • Level 4 – Introduction to Visual Culture core unit (Photography - U23936)
  • Level 5 – Visions of the Body option (U23991)
  • Level 6 – Writing Visual Culture in the Public and Professional Spheres option (U23969)


I am interested in interdisciplinary themes, especially those that combine art and science. In 2005, I devised and co-curated a major exhibition on the branching, or dendritic, form as a scientific figure and cultural device, entitled Einfach Komplex (Simply Complex), at the Museum of Design in Zurich. Brain cells are a key example of a dendritic structure, and some of the research I did with neuroscientists and artists for this exhibition then fed into the Wellcome Brains exhibition in 2012 and 2013.

My work also includes other areas of the contemporary arts. In the CCI Faculty galleries at Portsmouth in 2010, I organized a solo show of large figurative prints and drawings, Grisaille Legacy, by Beth Fisher RSA, in its first tour from the Royal Scottish Academy. In addition, I have written many essays for artist’s monographs and exhibition catalogues, including for the Arts Council Collection and Jerwood Maker’s Open award 2014.  Among my magazine feature articles are several for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News and one in 2014 for Artlink in Australia.

I convene the Practice and Performance Research Group in the CCI Faculty. 


Research profile

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