Critic and curator Daniel Baumann has been named the next director of the Kunsthalle Zürich, taking the place of Beatrix Ruf, who announced in April that she would leave the museum after 13 years to become director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. Baumann starts part-time on November 1, and then will move to full-time on January 1, 2015.
Baumann has been curator of the Adolf Wölfli Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern, Switzerland, since 1996, cofounded the outré-minded Basel exhibition space New Jerseyy in 2008, and directed Basel’s Kunsttangente project space from 2003 and 2010. He also co-curated the excellent 2013 edition of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie International, which Mark Reutter, the president of the Kunsthalle Zurich Association and leader of the selection committee, lauded in a statement.
“[It] was highly praised by the New York press, usually known for its rather severe criticism,” Reutter said. “Baumann has demonstrated both an international vision as well as sensitivity to the particular locations and venues and their possibilities and potentials. All this is exactly in line with the vision and mission of the Kunsthalle Zürich: To be both an internationally leading and the same locally relevant institution.”