The Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announced that Rein Wolfs has been appointed its next director. Rein Wolfs will take up his post as director of the Stedelijk Museum on 1 December 2019. Until then, he will continue to fulfill his contractual obligations in Bonn, but will also be involved in policy decisions and in the appointment of key roles at the Stedelijk over the coming months.
Photo: Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
Rein Wolfs (Hoorn, 1960) has a distinguished career, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. In 2013 he joined the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, when the institution was experiencing difficulties, and transformed it into a dynamic, thriving venue. Formerly he was also artistic director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, head of exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and director of the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich. In 2003 he curated the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
As part of the contemporary and classic-modern art program at the Bundeskunsthalle, Rein Wolfs organized a number of benchmark shows, including exhibitions of the works of Malevich (in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Kirchner, Hanne Darboven, Katharina Sieverding, and Marina Abramović. He also presented wide-ranging cultural-historical exhibitions, including the first retrospective of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld; an overview of choreographer Pina Bausch; a Goethe exhibition; a presentation on comics, manga, and graphic novels; an exhibition with and about people with Down syndrome; an archaeological overview of Iran; and a showing of the controversial art collection by Nazi art dealer Gurlitt. He also organized smaller solo exhibitions by younger artists, such as Aleksandra Domanović, Petrit Halilaj, Vajiko Chachkhiani, and Anna Uddenberg, and he presented an extensive program featuring performance and contemporary dance and music.
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