Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany has named the curator and art historian Peter Gorschlüter as its new director, to replace Tobia Bezzola, who left to become the director of Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. Gorschlüter’s eight-year term starts in July.
Since 2010, Gorschlüter has been acting director of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. In a statement, he said, “Taking over the reins at Museum Folkwang, with its impressive history and collection, at a time when museums across the world are repositioning themselves in response to social, technological and artistic developments, is an exciting task. The Folkwang idea is utterly crucial for the museum of the 21st century, and a challenge that I’m as excited about as I am about getting to know the museum team and the city of Essen.”