Andrea Lissoni
“A true home of the arts”

Starting in April 2020, Andrea Lissoni will head the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
Starting in April 2020, Andrea Lissoni will head the Haus der Kunst in Munich. | Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Sebastian Gabriel

From London’s Tate Modern to Bavaria’s capital: curator Andrea Lissoni is moving to Munich to head up the Haus der Kunst in Munich in April 2020.

By Romy König

Museum in crisis

As future artistic CEO, Andrea Lissoni from South Tirol is developing a new vision for the Haus der Kunst in Munich. The public museum dedicated to contemporary art focuses on exhibitions, research and outreach. Starting in April 2020, Lissoni will be following in the footsteps of Okwui Enwezor, who passed away in 2019. The art historian and cultural manager has worked at Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca exhibition space and since 2014 has acted as senior curator for film and international art at the Tate Modern in London.

Interdisciplinary and inviting

After his nomination in October, Lissoni told journalists that he is coming to Munich with a concept in mind: “The vision I am developing for the Haus der Kunst is based on a central force: to share the significance of contemporary art and culture in an interdisciplinary way and in an open, original, visionary, inviting and optimistic way.” His goal, he added, is to create an “open museum” and integrate “different forms of artistic knowledge and questions of our time” to “raise enthusiasm for contemporary art among the public.” This is how he hopes the institution “can continue to assert itself as a true home of the arts.”

The Haus der Kunst in Munich is dedicated to contemporary art. It focuses on exhibitions, research and outreach.
The Haus der Kunst in Munich is dedicated to contemporary art. It focuses on exhibitions, research and outreach. | Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Johannes Simon

“A win for Munich”

An international selection committee recommended Lissoni for the Munich post. Committee member Nina Zimmer, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee, spoke in his favour: “Lissoni won the jury over with a mixture of restraint and insistence, openness and integrity of content, and in particular his lack of pretention and focus on the artistic power of his programme.” According to Bernd Sibler, Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Art and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the exhibition house, Lissoni is win for the Haus der Kunst and for Munich’s art scene. He has an “excellent network” and is “a renowned curator willing and able to meet the challenges of the Haus der Kunst in interplay between international appeal and local roots”.

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