Dirk Luckow

Biographical Information

Dr. Dirk Luckow, born in 1958 in Hamburg, has been the general director of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg since October 2009. He sits on the jury of the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin and of KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Vienna – and is a member of the board of trustees of the Nordmetall Stiftung and the Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung/Sculpture Park Neumünster.

Luckow gained his doctorate in art history at the Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on Joseph Beuys and American anti-form art. He worked at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, as project manager for visual arts at Siemens Arts Program in Munich, and most recently as the director of the Kunsthalle in Kiel from 2002 to 2009. From 2007 to 2009 he was also a member of the artistic advisory board of the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin.

As an exhibition organizer and initiator of cross-cultural cooperative projects, Dirk Luckow has frequently pushed the boundaries of the art process. As director of the Kunsthalle in Kiel he oversaw a broad-based exhibition programme ranging from Mannerism and the Enlightenment to classical modernism through to contemporary art, and cultivated a “new approach to exhibiting art”. Since 2003 the Kiel museum’s collection has been re-examined and refocused annually in a series entitled “SEE History”. This allusive concept involves delegating the task of curating an exhibition to non-curators such as art collectors, artists or natural scientists, and has become known throughout Germany as the “Kiel model”. In his current role as general director of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Luckow has presented the Julia Stoschek Collection and a retrospective of the modern Danish painter Poul Gernes.

Dirk Luckow has written on the work of Richard Artschwager, Cecilia Edefalk, Hans-Peter Feldmann and Poul Gernes, edited publications including “Peking, Shanghai, Shenzhen: Städte des 21. Jahrhunderts” (2000) and contributed to specialist journals such as Art + Text (Sydney) and the Journal of Contemporary Art (New York).

Exhibitions (selected)

  • “Dopplereffekt – Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2010
  • “Allora & Calzadilla”, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, 2009
  • “Privatissimo. Kunst aus Schleswig-Holsteinischen Adelsbesitz”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2009
  • “Heavy Metal – Die unerklärbare Leichtigkeit eines Materials”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2008/2009
  • “True Romance”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2008 (in cooperation with Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Museum Villa Stuck, Munich)
  • “Tomma Abts/Eija Liisa Ahtila/Tania Bruguera/Isa Genzken”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2006
  • “Ballermann”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2006
  • “Christian Rohlfs – Die Begegnung mit der Moderne”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2005
  • “Accessoiremaximalismus”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2003
  • “Open the Curtain. Kunst und Tanz im Wechselspiel”, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, 2003
  • “Malerei ohne Malerei/Painting without Painting”, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Leipzig; Siemens Arts Program, Munich, 2002
  • “Art & Economy”, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2000 (in cooperation with Siemens Arts Program, Munich)
  • “Dream City”, Munich, 1999 (cooperation between Siemens Arts Program, kunstraum muenchen, Kunstverein München and Museum Villa Stuck, Munich)

Dirk Luckow 2010, Copyright: Fred Dott
Dirk Luckow
General director | Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Contemporary art
Interdisiplinary projects
Conceptual art
Culture and knowledge production
Art in public space
Media art

Dirk Luckow