This April saw the retirement of Peter Bläuer, a co-founder and longtime director of Basel’s Liste art fair. Today, the fair announced that Joanna Kamm has been hired to replace him. She starts September 1.
Kamm is a former dealer who founded Galerie Kamm in Berlin in 2001; she ran it through 2014. Most recently, Kamm co-curated a show at BNKR Munich, titled “Stop Making Sense, it’s as good as it gets,” which involved a series of events exploring art, architecture, literature, and theory.
In a release sent to press, Kamm said, “I can scarcely imagine a more compelling or fulfilling pursuit than maintaining the uniqueness and specialness of LISTE as a supporter of emerging art and enhancing it with new features and ideas. I am very much looking forward to Basel, my new team and an intensive exchange with gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, and all of those interested in art.”
Kamm was selected by a committee of six: four members of the Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art, Liste’s owner, and “two external experts,” in the words of a release. A representative from the foundation, Urs Gloor, said of the decision, “We are very lucky to have found an individual who can draw on such a strong feeling for art and such dedication to lead Peter Bläuer’s legacy into the future. Her personal experiences provide her deep familiarity with the needs of young galleries and collectors.”