Prof. Kasper König, born in 1943 in Mettingen (Westphalia), has been director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne since 2000. In 2014 he was chief curator of the Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg.
At the early age of twenty-three König was appointed curator of the museum exhibition “Claes Oldenburg” in Stockholm. Even while still studying he was already organizing other exhibitions and published numerous books. In 1985 König was appointed to the newly established chair for “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit” (art and the public realm) at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Three years later he was made professor at the Städelschule Frankfurt and then appointed its director in 1989. During the same period he was also the founding director of the Portikus exhibition hall in Frankfurt am Main.
As a curator König organized numerous large-scale exhibitions such as “Westkunst” in 1981 at the Cologne Fair, “von hier aus” in 1984 at the Düsseldorf Fair and “Der zerbrochene Spiegel” in 1993 in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2000 he supervised the art project accompanying the Hanover EXPO titled “In-Between Architecture”. In 1977, in collaboration with Klaus Bussmann, he launched “sculpture projects muenster”, whose fourth edition in summer 2007 will be curated by Kasper König and Brigitte Franzen in association with Carina Plath.