Harald Kunde, born in 1962 in Halle/Saale, is an honorary professor at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte der RWTH Aachen (Department of Art History at RWTH Aachen University) and also works as a curator and writer on contemporary art.
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.
Harald Kunde’s current teaching activities at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte der RWTH Aachen (Department of Art History at RWTH Aachen University) 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.
- “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)
- “Stichwort Gegenwart. Zwölf Kapitel der Sammlung Ludwig”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2007)
- “Chuck Close”, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2007, co-curated by Klaus Kertesz)
- “Franz Gertsch. Retrospektive”, Kunstmuseum Bern/Burgdorf, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Kunsthalle Tübingen, MUMOK, Vienna (2006, co-curated by Reinhard Spieler)
- “Erwin Wurm: The Artist Who Swallowed the World”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen; MUMOK, Vienna, Kunstverein St. Gallen, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2006)
- “Global Players. Contemporary Japanese and German Artists”, various venues in Tokyo and Yokohama; Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2005/2006, co-curated by Uozu Ueda)
- “Sophie Calle”, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2005)
- “Jeppe Hein: Distance”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2004, co-curated by Christine Macel)
- “Tacita Dean: Sun Works”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2003)
- “Adieu Avantgarde. Willkommen zu Haus”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2002)
- “Missing Link. Menschen-Bilder in der Fotografie”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunsthaus Dresden (2001, co-curated by Christoph Doswald)
- “Bohemian Birds. Positionen tschechischer Gegenwartskunst”, Kunsthaus Dresden; Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt am Main (2000)
- “City-Index. Recherchen im urbanen Raum”, Kunsthaus Dresden, Festspielhaus Hellerau and other venues across the city of Dresden (2000, co-curated by Claudia Reichardt and Torsten Birne)
- “Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani: Be Supernatural”, Kunsthaus Dresden (1999)
- “Valerie Favre: Reine Malerei”, Kunsthaus Dresden (1998, co-curated by Peter Lang)
- “Vitale Module. Gegenwartskunst aus Sachsen”, Städtische Galerie, Plauen; Kunsthaus Dresden; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen; Galeria Awangarda, Wroclaw (1997)
- “Günther Uecker: Feldarbeit – Arbeitsfelder”, Kunsthaus Dresden (1996)
- “Out of Residence. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Dresden”, Kunsthaus Dresden; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Daut-Pascha-Hamam, Skopje (1995)
- “Leerstand. Comfortable Conceptions”, venues across the city of Leipzig (1994, co-curated by Klaus Werner and Klara Wallner)
- “Topos. Inszenierte Raumerfahrung”, Grassi Museum, Leipzig (1993)
- “Erfahrungsräume: un parcours francais”, Grassi Museum, Leipzig and other venues (1992)