Inka Graeve Ingelmann

Biographical Information

Dr Inka Graeve Ingelmann has headed the newly founded Sammlung für Fotografie und Neue Medien (collection of photography and new media) at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich since 2002.

Graeve Ingelmann studied art history, German philology, theatre and psychology in Hamburg, Regensburg and Berlin and was employed as an assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1990. She earned her doctorate with a biography of the photographer Ellen Auerbach. In 1987, Graeve Ingelmann began working in Berlin as a free-lance curator specializing in the history of photography, and realized exhibitions for such institutions as the Berliner Landesmuseum Berlinische Galerie (“Stationen der Moderne”, 1989; “Sprung in die Zeit”, 1993; “Berlin Moskau 1900-1950”, 1995/96), the Museum Folkwang Essen (“Walter Peterhans. Fotografien”, 1993), the Sprengel Museum Hannover (“Mechanismus und Ausdruck. Die Sammlung Ann und Jürgen Wilde”, 1999) and the Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona (“Les Formes del Món”, 1999).

In 2002 she took charge of the newly founded Sammlung für Fotografie und Neue Medien of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, which was expanded by the Ann and Jürgen Wilde bequest in 2010. Apart from the continual development and expansion of the collection in the areas of contemporary as well as historical photography, she has realized a large number of solo exhibitions on such artists as Karl Blossfeldt, Moi Ver, Bernhard Wicki, William Eggleston Wolfgang Tillmans, Fiona Tan, Eva Leitolf, Zoe Leonard, David Claerbout and Pippilotti Rist, as well as comprehensive surveys of German and American photography and thematic shows such as “Female Trouble” (2008).

Inka Graeve Ingelmann is the author and editor of numerous publications on historical and contemporary photography, and a member of various juries, advisory boards and boards of trustees at institutions such as the Goethe-Institut, the City of Munich and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Inka Graeve Ingelmann 2006, Copyright: Haydar Koyupinar/Pinakothek der Moderne
Inka Graeve Ingelmann
Director of the collection of photography and new media | Pinakothek der Moderne Munich

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Inka Graeve Ingelmann