News — 7 Jun 2019
The Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announced today that Rein Wolfs has been appointed its next director.
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.
At Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen he was responsible for exhibitions with Maurizio Cattelan, Fischli/Weiss, Bas Jan Ader, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte. At the Migros Museum, of which he was founding director, and as director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Rein Wolfs pursued an exclusively contemporary program, working with artists such as Mike Kelley, John Baldessari, Danh Vō, Monica Bonvicini, Cady Noland, Navid Nuur, Carlos Amorales, and Marijke van Warmerdam.
- International Guest Curator 2012 Museion für Moderne und Zeitgenössissche Kunst, Bozen/Bolzano: 'The New Public'
- Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam: 'Occupying Space, The Generali Foundation Collection'
- The Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: 'We Are the World', with work by Carlos Amorales, Alicia Framis, Meschac Gaba, Jeanne van Heeswijk, and Erik van Lieshout
Rein Wolfs has served on numerous boards of trustees, art acquisitions committees, program advisory boards, and juries, and has been a visiting lecturer in the Netherlands and abroad.
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