Jana Baumann. Photo: Diana Pfammatter.

Jana Baumann Joins Munich’s Haus der Kunst as Senior Curator

Curator Jana Baumann will move from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt to the Haus der Kunst in Munich. The art historian was named the institution’s new senior curator and will be responsible for collaborating with other members of staff to “design a program that conveys and deepens the values, identities, and diversity of globally active societies.”

Born in Bonn in 1984, Baumann received her doctorate from the University of Bonn in 2010. During her tenure at Städel, she served as an associate curator in the museum’s department of contemporary art and curated  a number of shows, including the September 2018 exhibition “Victor Vasarely: In the Labyrinth of Modernity,” with the Centre Pompidou in Paris; and “The Photographs Become Pictures: The Becher Class” (2017) and “David Claerbout: The Pure Necessity” (2016) with Martin Engler.

The museum is currently considered to be in a state of management and fiscal flux. Financial difficulties lead to the cancellation of an exhibition of performance artist Joan Jonas that was planned for November, and artistic director Okwui Enwezor stepped down in early June, three years before the end of his contract. While Enwezor had cited health reasons at the time of his resignation, he later told Spiegel in an interview that he felt that he “got the impression that [he] was no longer wanted . . . as the director of such an institution, you need not only financial but also moral support.”