Stephan Berg

Biographical Information

Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg, born in 1959 in Freiburg im Breisgau, has been the director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn since April 2008.

Berg completed his studies of German, English and history in Tübingen, Berlin and Freiburg in 1989 with a PhD in German language and literature. From the mid-1980s onwards he also worked as a freelance writer, contributing to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper and the art journal Kunstforum International, among others. In 1990 he was appointed director of the Kunstverein Freiburg, and held this post until 2000. In 1997 he oversaw the relocation of the Kunstverein from its original premises in the Schwarzes Kloster to a new exhibition space in the Marienbad, a former swimming pool that was renovated with private funds.

From 2001 to 2008 Stephan Berg was the director of the Kunstverein Hannover. During this time he was also actively involved in shaping arts development policy in Lower Saxony as chairman of the state’s art committee. In 2007 he organized the widely acclaimed exhibition “Made in Germany” in collaboration with the Sprengel Museum and the kestnergesellschaft.

Stephan Berg has been an honorary professor at Braunschweig University of Art since 2004. He has published numerous essays and catalogues on the theme of contemporary art. Berg is member of the purchasing committee of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and was member of the Advisory Board for Visual Arts of the Goethe-Institut and the purchasing committee for the contemporary art collection of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Exhibitions (selected)

  • THOMAS HUBER Am Horizont, Kunstmuseum Bonn in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, 2016/17
  • EchtZEIT DIE KUNST DER LANGSAMKEIT, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2016
  • JUAN USLÉ – DUNKLES LICHT/DARK LIGHT, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2014
  • TeleGen Kunst und Fernsehen, Kunstmuseum Bonn und Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, 2016
  • TRANSFER KOREA NRW - In Kooperation mit dem NRW KULTURsekretariat, Alternative Space Loop, Seou., Arko Art Center/Arts Council Korea, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), Osthaus Museum Hagen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2014
  • HEIMsuchung Unsichere Räume in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2013
  • Albert Oehlen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2012
  • „Through the Looking Brain – Konzeptuelle Fotografie seit den 70er Jahren“, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2011
  • Katharina Grosse, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2011
  • „Der Westen leuchtet – Tradition und Gegenwart der rheinischen Kunstszene“, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2010

Stephan Berg 2006, Copyright: Kunstverein Hannover
Stephan Berg
Director | Kunstmuseum Bonn

Contemporary art

Secretary to the director, Kunstmuseum Bonn