Joanna Kamm. Photo: Daniel Spehr.

Joanna Kamm Named Director of Liste Art Fair

Basel’s Liste Art Fair has welcomed gallerist Joanna Kamm as its new director. She succeeds Peter Bläuer, one of the cofounders of Liste, who led the fair for twenty-three years. In April, he announced his plans to retire and transfer ownership of Liste to a nonprofit foundation.

Born in Munich in 1968, Kamm has been based in Berlin since 1989. From 1998 to 2001, she managed the project space for contemporary art S.S.K., Berlin, and in 2001, she founded Galerie Kamm, which she ran until 2014. During the past couple of years she has worked on a variety of cultural projects, and from 2017 to 2018 she was cocurator of “Stop Making Sense, It’s as Good as It Gets”—a series of events on the intersection of art, architecture, literature, and theory—at BNKR in Munich.

Kamm was selected by a committee comprising six members: chair Urs Gloor, president of Basel’s Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art; artist Claudia Müller; Hedy Graber, head of cultural and social affairs at Federation of Migros Cooperatives in Zurich; Bläuer, outgoing director of Liste; Bettina Steinbrügge, director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg; and dealer Nikolaus Oberhuber.

“We are very lucky to have found an individual who can draw on such a strong feeling for art and such dedication to lead Peter Bläuer’s legacy into the future,” Gloor said in a statement. “Her personal experiences provide her deep familiarity with the needs of young galleries and collectors. As long as those individuals feel confident with what Liste has to offer, this fair will remain successful.”

Commenting on her new role, Kamm said: “Liste was my first fair as a gallerist and opened the door to the international art world for me. . . . I can scarcely imagine a more compelling or fulfilling pursuit than maintaining the uniqueness and specialness of Liste as a supporter of emerging art and enhancing it with new features and ideas. I am very much looking forward to Basel, my new team and an intensive exchange with gallerists, artists, collectors, curators and all of those interested in art.”