Yilmaz Dziewior

Biographical Information

Dr Yilmaz Dziewior has been the director of Museum Ludwig, Köln, since February 2015.

Yilmaz Dziewior was born in 1964 in Bonn. He studied art history and archaeology in Bonn and London, writing his dissertation on Mies van der Rohe. His texts are regularly published in Artforum, Camera Austria and Texte zur Kunst. Among the artists about whom he has written catalogue essays are Cosima von Bonin, Thomas Demand, Marcel Odenbach, Jorge Prado, Manfred Pernice, Jack Pierson, Gregor Schneider and Rosemarie Trockel.

As an independent curator for the Museum Ludwig in Cologne he carried out a project in 1997 with Sarah Lucas, while in 1999 he was responsible for the contemporary section of the exhibition “Kunstwelten im Dialog. Von Gauguin zur globalen Gegenwart”. From 2001 to 2008 he was director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg. Among the artists he has presented here in exhibitions and projects are Andrea Fraser, Jack Goldstein, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Paul McCarthy and Zhang Huan. The group exhibitions he has curated include “Andere Räume,” “Zusammenhänge herstellen” (both 2002), “Bühne 03” (2003) and “Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute” (2004/2005). In 2016, Dziewior was curator within the exhibition series "HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig: Heimo Zobernig".

In addition, Dziewior has worked as an independent curator for the Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal, the Centro Cultural Andraxt in Majorca, Spain, and Para/Site in Hong Kong. From October 2003 to March 2009 he held a chair in art theory at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. From 2009 to 2014 he was the director of Kunsthaus Bregenz. In 2015, Yilmaz Dziewior curated the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennial.

Yilmaz Dziewior 2007, Copyright: Kunstverein in Hamburg, Fotograf: Andreas Laible
Yilmaz Dziewior | Director Museum Ludwig | Köln

Contemporary art
Context art
Process-based projects
Art communication & education

Yilmaz Dziewior