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Kunsthalle Düsseldorf Extends Director Gregor Jansen’s Contract

German art historian and curator Gregor Jansen has been reappointed as the director of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, reports Monopol. The museum’s supervisory board announced on February 28 that Jansen’s contract has been extended by five years. He will remain at the helm of the institution until the end of 2024.

Jansen was appointed in 2009 and took up his position in January 2010. His achievements at the institution include broadening the museum’s reputation and increasing its attendance, as well as organizing exhibitions of contemporary artists such as Hans-Peter Feldmann (Düsseldorf), Chris Martin (Brooklyn, New York), Yüksel Arslan (Paris), and Michael Kunze (Berlin).

Jansen also spearheaded a new effort to focus on Asian art that reflects Düsseldorf’s close economic ties with the region. In 2011, Japanese art was celebrated in the exhibition “The Group 1965,” which was followed by a solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen. The institution also established the cultural exchange program “Transfer Korea-NRW.”

“Under the auspices of Gregor Jansen, the decidedly individual building on Grabbeplatz has established itself as a pool of international movements and local trends, new talent and big names,” the museum’s website reads.

Prior to joining the institution, Jansen headed the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe from 2005 until the end of 2009. During his tenure, he curated the exhibitions “Light Art from Artificial Light” (2005), with Peter Weibel; “Total City: Beijing Case” (2005–2006); and “Familiar Terrain: Current Art in & about Germany” (2008), with Thomas Thiel.

Since its construction in 1967, the brutalist concrete cube designed by architect Konrad Beckmann of the firm Beckmann and Brockes has housed both the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the independent institution the Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia, founded in 1829. The art association is one of the oldest in Germany.

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