As a curator, Rosa Martínez has organised some of the most outstanding and prestigious international exhibitions, including the 51st Venice Biennale with "Always a Little Further" at the Arsenale (2005); the 5th International Istanbul Biennale "On Life, Beauty, Translations and other Difficulties" (1997) and the exhibition "Chacun à son goût", which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum (2007).
She was co-curator of "TRA. Edge of Becoming", at the Palazzo Fortuny Museum in Venice, from the 1rst of June through the 13th November, 2010.
She has also curated remarkable solo shows of artists such as Jana Sterbak (La Caixa, Barcelona, 1992), Sam Taylor Wood (La Caixa, Barcelona, 1997), Nikos Navridis (La Caixa, Madrid, 2004) or Pilar Albarracín (Reales Atarazanas de Sevilla, 2004) as well as the site-specific intervention by Santiago Sierra at the Spanish Pavilion in Venice (2003).
As a curator her role encompasses:
* Defining the conceptual framework of exhibitions and art events;
* Investigating art trends and selecting the artists and their works;
* Mediating between the artists, the institution and the public.
“All the works displayed are propounded as centres for condensing meaning in order to transform the exhibition into a place for symbolic exchange between artists and the community. Helping to form critical and sensitive citizens and to promote new aesthetic and political dialogues are undoubtedly fundamental tasks for art exhibitions. Today, it is necessary to encourage new relations based on desire, to establish interchanges with people, objects or symbolic systems to favour the creation of that “transferential plasticity” that will help us increasing our knowledge and healing the world in which we live”. (Rosa Martínez, 2005)
Rosa Martínez is also offering her expertise and vision to individuals, enterprises or governmental administrations who are willing to create or update international or local contemporary art collections.
Her work at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art from 2004 to 2007 implied the acquisition of significant pieces by Monica Bonvicini, Richard Wenworth, Sarkis, Husseyin Chalayan, Bulent Sangar or Gulsun Karamustafa, among others. Her collaboration with the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2007 updated its contemporary collection including works by Ibon Aranberri, Itziar Okariz, Sergio Prego, Maider López or Asier Mendizabal, among other outstanding young Basc artists.
As an art collections consultant her role implies:
· Offering a vast knowledge of art, historical and contemporary.
· Providing criteria of excellence for specific acquisition of art works.
. Drawing up the lines for conceptual and aesthetic development of the collection.
· Advising on the organisation of exhibitions, the design and production of publications.
“Collecting is producing memory, critical consciousness, pleasure and power” (Rosa Martínez, 2007)