Meta Valiusaityte is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at the Université Paris-Nanterre. Her dissertation, provisionally titled "The Crisis in Cubism and the Return to Portraiture in Paris, 1913-1915," treats Pablo Picasso's renewed engagement with the "realistic" figuration, tracing his artistic interaction with André Derain, Gino Severini and Juan Gris in the early 1910s, and exploring the specific role played by portraits.
For the last two years, she has been research collaborator at the Musée Picasso in Paris, working on the exhibition project Les Louvre de Pablo Picasso (Musée du Louvre-Lens, now postponed to October 2021). Prior to that she was scientific executive assistant to Prof. Peter Weibel, CEO of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.
Meta has written about modern and contemporary art for numerous exhibitions catalogues and taught at the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, focusing on exhibition history and historiography of the art market. Her research has been supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Franco-German University, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and various research and travel fellowships. She received her Magister degree from the University of Heidelberg, with a major in Art History and minors in Political Science and Italian Literature as well as an M.A. in Museology from the École du Louvre, Paris.
- Early-twentieth-century European avant-gardes, with special interest in Cubism and Futurism
- The invention of collage
- Global Modernisms
- Restaging of avant-garde in contemporary art
- Eastern European contemporary art, especially contemporary performance
- Exhibition History and the Future of Museums