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Jan Gerchow, Head of Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Wins Kairos Prize

Jan Gerchow, the director of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, has been awarded the KAIROS Prize, which recognizes European artists and academics who have made major contributions to the fields of art, music, architecture, design, film, photography, literature, and journalism. The roughly $90,000 annual award aims to honor individuals who have an “entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and creativity in the field of European culture, and an intercultural understanding,” and is administered by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg.

Born in Braunschweig in 1958, Gerchow joined the Frankfurter Haus as director in 2005, after holding positions at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen and the Ruhrland Museum in Essen. He will be presented with the prize at an award ceremony at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg on April 22.

In a statement praising Gerchow’s achievements, the prize’s board said that he developed the museum into a “vital location for the self-locating and identity-finding.” “As laboratories of peaceful awareness, modern city museums can achieve enormous effects. Jan Gerchow has precisely combined the best strategies and transformed his new house into an exemplary community building site.”