Marianne Burki is Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, since 2005. She is among other responsible for the Swiss Pavilion at Venice Biennale and in her capacity, has continuously collaborated with the Kochi Biennale in India and the Dhaka Art Summit. She is responsible for the policy making for the visual art funding on the national level in Switzerland and for all exchange internationally. An author in the field of art herself she also launched a long term critical writing project exploring the manifold changes and possibilities in the field. Since 2018, she is also president of the Swiss Art Historian Association VKKS (Vereinigung Schweizer Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker).
Prior to joining Pro Helvetia, the art historian was engaged as the proactive funding Director of the Kunsthaus Langenthal, curated contemporary art exhibitions and, among others, working on projects on the border between art, design and everyday culture. She worked as the project manager of the catalogue raisonné of the work of Paul Klee at the Paul Klee Foundation and was a lecturer. She is also the author of film about the Swiss sculptress Mariann Grunder.