Originally trained as a philosopher, Daniel Birnbaum was formerly Director of IASPIS (International Artists’ Studio Programme in Sweden). Currently, he is Curator and Director of the Städelschule Art Academy and Portikus Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany. Additionally, Birnbaurm is curating, along with Francesco Bonami, Delays and Revolutions the Italian Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennial opening June 2003. In addition, Birnbaum was one of the organizers of the Yokohama Triennial of 2001 and part of the team of curators for the exhibition, Urgent Painting (Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville De Paris, 2002).
Birnbaum has contributed to various catalogues and monographs including, Neo Rauch (Cantz, 2003); Olifur Eliasson (Phaidon, 2002); Painting at the Edge of the World (Distributed Art Publishers, New York 2001); Doug Aitkin (Phaidon, 2001); James Turrell (Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001); Franz West (Phaidon, 1999). As an art critic, he has written for Frieze, Siski, and is a contributing editor of Artforum International.