Moritz Wesseler Named Director of Fridericianum in Kassel

Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany, has appointed thirty-seven-year-old curator and art historian Moritz Wesseler as the institution’s new director. Previously the head of Germany’s Kölnischer Kunstverein, Wesseler succeeds Susanne Pfeffer, who left earlier this year to become director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, and will take up the post in November.  

“Fridericianum is an outstanding exhibition institution and plays an important for Kassel’s reputation in the world,” Wesseler said in a statement. “I look forward to moving to the city of documenta and continuing the wonderful tradition of my predecessors.” He added, “My goal is to offer a platform for key players in the realm of contemporary art still largely unknown in Germany. In addition, I intend to strengthen the institution’s connection within the city and the local region.”

During his tenure as director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein, which he has led since 2013, Wesseler exhibitions with artists such as Uri Aran, Alex Da Corte, Petrit Halilaj, Annette Kelm, Danny McDonald, Walter Price, Stephen G. Rhodes, Avery Singer, Christiana Soulou, and Andro Wekua. He also focused his energy on outreach programming and publicity with “the goal of opening Kölnischer Kunstverein to a wider audience.”

The Fridericianum’s selection committee comprised Krist Gruijthuijsen, the director of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; Bettina Steinbrügge, the director of the Hamburger Kunstverein; René Zechlin, the director of the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen; and Sabine Schormann, the designated general director of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH.

Commenting on the new hire, Christian Geselle, the lord mayor of Kassel and the chairman of the board of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, said, “With Moritz Wesseler, we have been able to gain a promising young director who intends to continue the great tradition of Fridericianum as a location of encounter and exchange with contemporary art into the future and to network the institution with important actors from the region and around the world.”