No doubt about it, this time in the middle of August is always a sleepy one on the international art beat, and so it is a nice surprise to have some news coming in from Germany this morning: Rita Kersting has been named deputy director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
Kersting takes the place of Katia Baudin, who was named director of Germany’s Kunstmuseen Krefeld last year, coming to the august Köln institution from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where she has been curator of contemporary art since 2012, organizing shows with Danh Võ, Artur Zmijewski, and other artists.
The Ludwig’s director, one might note, is also a relatively new hire: Yilmaz Dziewio, who officially took charge in February 2015, filling a chair left vacant when Philipp Kaiser resigned in late 2013, after only a bit more than a year on the job.
Kersting provides a great statement in the press release, which I will not quote in full:
“The Museum Ludwig is strong and radiant; not only its modernist art and Pop Art collection are extraordinary, but also its contemporary art. What makes the Museum Ludwig special is its close cooperation with artists. I’m looking forward to working with the director and the excellent team to anchor the Museum Ludwig even more strongly in the hearts of the people of Cologne and beyond as a wonderful destination for art.”
When was the last time a museum anchored itself in your heart, dear reader?
In other Ludwig news, the institution is opening a show later this month titled “We Call It Ludwig” that celebrates the museum’s 40th anniversary. It will feature new work by 25 artists, including the Guerrilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Rosemarie Trockel, Gerhard Richter, and Avery Singer. Sounds like a delight.