Harald Kunde

Biographical Information

Harald Kunde, born in 1962 in Halle/Saale, has been director of Museum Kurhaus Kleve.

After completing his studies in art history, German and education at the University of Leipzig, followed by a period as a research assistant, Kunde developed his curatorial practice in the Eastern part of Germany during the 1990s. During this time of great social upheaval, particular emphasis was placed on developing an international orientation as well as on promoting non-institutional exhibition spaces.

From 1995 until 2002 Kunde was the director of the Kunsthaus Dresden (Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art). In this role, reconciling local conditions with the demands of the globalized art world was just as important as undertaking qualitative surveys of the contemporary art scene in Eastern Germany.

In 2002 Kunde was appointed director of the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum for International Art) in Aachen, a position he held until 2008. His main task here was to revitalize the institution, starting with the development of a new conceptual framework and culminating in the creation of a distinctive corporate identity. Among the activities he initiated were integrative displays of works from public and private collections, as well as temporary and site-specific artistic interventions. However the main focus of his curatorial work was on presenting monographic exhibitions that reflected recent developments in art.

Since 2003 he also has been honorary professor at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte der RWTH Aachen (Department of Art History at RWTH Aachen University). Harald Kunde’s teaching activities are centred on his lecture series “Impulsgeber der Gegenwartskunst” (initiators of contemporary art) and “Konzepte aktueller Malerei” (contemporary painting concepts). He is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and ICOM (International Council of Museums), and is also a noted writer on the subject of contemporary art, with publications on Neo Rauch, Tatjana Doll, Roman Signer, Erwin Wurm, Franz Gertsch and Andreas Slominski, among others.

Exhibitions (selected)

  • "Et in Arcadia Ego - Weltchaos & Idylle", Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2015)
  • Museum Kurhaus lädt zu zwei großen historischen Ausstellungen (2015)
  • Ausstellung zum 50. Todestag Ewald Matarés, Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2015)
  • Ausstellung zum 400. Geburtstag von Govaert Flinck, Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2015)
  • “Borderlives. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Helsinki, St. Petersburg und Tallinn”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Stadtgalerie Kiel (2008, co-curated by Ritva Röminger-Cako and Andreas Vowinckel)
  • “Atelier van Lieshout: Das Haus”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2008)
  • “Aernout Mik: Kunstpreis”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2008)

Harald Kunde 2009
Harald Kunde
Director | Museum Kurhaus Kleve

Contemporary art
Art in public space
Art communication and education

Harald Kunde