Dr Julian Heynen, born in 1951, is artistic director for special projects at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf.
Heynen completed his studies of the history of art and literature with a doctorate on the writings of the artist Barnett Newman. Following a postgraduate training period at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig in Cologne, he worked as a curator at the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg. In the 1980s and 1990s, Julian Heynen was assistant director of the art museums of Krefeld (Haus Lange, Haus Esters, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum). In 2001 he was appointed artistic director of the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. In 2003 and 2005, Heynen was responsible for the German pavilion at the 50th and 51st Biennial in Venice, in 2008 he co-curated the Shanghai Biennial 2008.
Heynen’s numerous exhibition projects include presentations of the following artists: Bruce Nauman, Thomas Schütte, Zvi Goldstein, Katharina Fritsch, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Andreas Gursky, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Juan Muñoz, Richard Deacon, Thomas Struth, Miroslaw Balka, Lothar Baumgarten, Luc Tuymans, Betha Huws, Alan McCollum, René Daniels, Gregor Schneider, Christine und Irene Hohenbüchler, Rosemarie Trockel, Stan Douglas, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Christopher Williams, Daniel Richter, Rodney Graham, Candida Höfer, Martin Kippenberger, Thomas Scheibitz, Tino Sehgal and Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij.
In addition to texts dealing with contemporary artistic positions, Julian Heynen mainly publishes texts on art from the 1970s onwards.