Alice Koegel, born in 1968, has been curator of contemporary art at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart since September 2008.
Alice Koegel studied art history, classical archaeology and education in Marburg, Cologne and London. She began her career working as an art critic, editor and independent curator in various institutional and non-institutional contexts, publishing texts on a wide range of topics related to contemporary art, film and video, as well as on exchange processes between visual art and film.
Koegel’s theoretical and curatorial work is focussed on contemporary art, above all on film, video, performance and the presentation of film and video programmes as screened exhibitions. Between 2000 and 2003 she co-founded and was the curator of “April”, an exhibition space for contemporary art, film and music in Cologne. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as an assistant curator at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, where she was responsible for the exhibitions “Peter Doig. Studiofilmclub” and “Christoph Schlingensief. ‘Church of Fear’”, among others, and also organized large-scale film programmes such as “PopProjektionen”. From 2006 to 2007 she was project curator of the exhibition “Vertrautes Terrain” at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media / Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe. From 2007 to 2008 she held the post of curator of contemporary art with a specialization in performance at Tate Modern in London, where she worked on projects such as “Allan Kaprow. Fluids and Scales”, “Tony Conrad. Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective” and “Bonnie Camplin and Paulina Olowska: Usher We (Down There)”. Also at Tate Modern, she co-curated with Stuart Comer a festival of film and performance events entitled “The Long Weekend: States of Flux”, where she was responsible for projects by Alison Knowles, Gustav Metzger, Nairy Baghramian, Luke Fowler / Lee Patterson, Judith Hopf, Melvin Moti, Bojan Šarčević, Jan Timme and Richard Wright, among others.
Koegel’s work at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is geared towards developing the department of contemporary art, which encompasses prints, drawings, painting and sculpture from 1980 onwards, and she is also in charge of the museum’s holdings in the relatively new artistic media of film, video, photography and performance. In 2009 she curated two displays of works from the collection entitled “Open Store: Viennese Actionism” and “Film and Photo: An Homage”, followed in 2010 by the anniversary display “... just paper, and yet the whole world ... – The Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Celebrates its 200th Anniversary”.