Nina Zimmer has been the curator of the 19th century/classic modern at the Museum of Art in Basel since 2006. There she has been responsible for the exhibitions on „Vincent van Gogh. Zwischen Erde und Himmel: Die Landschaften“, „Soutine und die Moderne“, and „Andreas Gursky“. Before that she worked for the Hamburger Kunsthalle, responsible for the inventory catalogue of photography and the exhibitions „Jean Dubuffet – Er hat die Sandalen ausgezogen“, as well as co-curating the exhibitions „Mona Hatoum“, „Heiss-Kalt, Zeitgenössische Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff“ and „Feldforschung“.
Nina Zimmer studied history of art, romance- and media studies in Bordeaux, Göttingen, Münster und Hamburg. Her dissertation was about „Gemeinschaftsarbeit in der Kunst um 1960 zwischen Moskau und New York“. She was a visiting professor at the seminar for art history at the University of Chicago in 2002 as well as a visiting professor for occidental art theory at the Korean National University of Art in Seoul, South Korea.