Katia Baudin, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France) in 1967, has been director of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld since September 2016.
Katia Baudin grew up in New York, where she earned her bachelor's degree (BBA) in business administration and art history at Hofstra University. Following a three-year period of employment in market research in Saarbrücken and with a management consultancy in Paris (1989–1992), she continued her study of art history at the Sorbonne Paris IV, where she wrote her master's thesis (DEA) on Otto Dix (1996).
Following her collaboration on the Kurt Schwitters and Robert Morris retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou (1993–1995), she directed the contemporary art and design museum Frac Nord-Pas de Calais (Fonds régional d'art contemporain) in Dünkirchen (1997–2004), then going on to serve as director of the Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs (Esad) art academy in Strasbourg (2004–2007). During that period she also taught contemporary art theory and practice and was the lecturer in charge of exhibition conception and practice in the master's programme in art history at the Sorbonne Paris IV (2001–2005).
Baudin was deputy director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne from 2008 to 2016. In 2010 she curated the European Triennial of Small Sculpture in Murska Sobota (Slovenia). She has moreover served on various commissions and boards of directors, among them the Comité van Roosendaal (since 2008) and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain Paris (2003–2005).
Interdisciplinary approaches – especially the interfaces and boundaries between the fine and applied arts – constitute one chief focus of her scholarly work. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on this subject, concentrating among other things on individual artists and designers.
- Fernand Léger. Malerei im Raum, Museum Ludwig, 2016
- Cosima von Bonin, Museum Ludwig, 2011
- „Utopien des Alltags: Künstler und Designer Experimentieren mit Porzellan“, Porzellanikon Selb, 2010
- „Split Identities: Objects at the Interstice of Art and Design“, Europäische Triennale für Kleinplastik, Galerija Murska Sobota, 2010
- Franz West, Museum Ludwig, 2009
- Leni Hoffmann, Museum Ludwig, 2009
- „Projektreihe Russische Avantgarde“, Museum Ludwig, seit 2009
- Plamen Dejanoff, la Chaufferie / Esad Strassburg, 2006
- Chris Kabel & Wieki Somers, la Chaufferie / Esad Strassburg, 2006
- Cocktail Designers, la Chaufferie / Esad Strassburg, 2005
- „Trafic d’Influences: Art & Design“ (Frac), Tri Postal, Lille, 2004
- Bik van der Pol, 2002
- Miriam Bäckström, Frac und öffentlicher Raum (Plakate), Dünkirchen und diverse Städte Nordfrankreichs, 2001
- Tobias Rehberger, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dünkirchen, 2000