Kathleen Rahn, born in 1973 in Wesel, has been the director of the Kunstverein Hannover in June 2014.
Rahn studied aesthetics and art history at the Gesamthochschule/University of Kassel, with French and English philology as her subsidiary subjects. She then worked as a research assistant at the NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (2001 – 2002), before becoming a curator at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2003 – 2007). In this position she curated the first major solo exhibitions by the artists Fikret Atay, Henning Bohl (both 2005), and Guillaume Leblon (2006).
From 2007 - 2012 Kathleen Rahn was the director of the Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, the oldest Kunstverein (art association) in Germany, where she has shown solo exhibitions by Nairy Baghramian, Olivier Bardin, Thea Djordjadze, David Maljkovic, Katinka Bock, Alexandra Leykauf, Lucie Stahl, Jennifer West, Shahryar Nashat, Phyllida Barlow and Marieta Chirulescu, among others. Rahn has adopted a dialogical approach to the presentation of group shows, and has established the Kunstverein Nürnberg as a site of performance-oriented art with presentations by artists such as Olivier Bardin, Christian Jendreiko and Michele di Menna. In 2011 the Kunstverein was awarded the ADKV-ART COLOGNE Prize for Kunstvereine in recognition of its work.
In November 2011 Kathleen Rahn received a grant from the Goethe-Institut to work as a curator-in-residence in Ankara.