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Munich’s Haus der Kunst Hires Executive to Address Financial Struggles

In the face of financial turmoil, the management team of the Haus der Kunst in Munich has added a second top executive who will be responsible for curbing the institution’s deficit, Monopol reports.

Ludwig Spaenle, the Bavarian Minister of Culture, announced that Stefan Gros assumed the role of commercial managing director of the contemporary art institution on October 1. Gros will codirect the museum with director Okwui Enwezor for the next three months. “Dr. Gros has accumulated a wealth of experience in managing companies in upheaval,” said Spaenle.

The employees’ work council has welcomed the decision. “Over the last few months, we have supported the idea that Okwui Enwezor retains his role as artistic director, and that a commercial managing-director is given an equal rank . . . The goal now is to ensure that 2018 fiscal planning has the necessary checks and balances so that previous mistakes are not repeated,” said council chairman Anton Köttl. The museum’s current financial imbalance had arisen from an ongoing deficit between revenue and expenditure.

Nigerian-born Enwezor has been the sole head of the Haus der Kunst since 2011. He previously served as the artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002 and of the Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale in 2015. In addition to Enwezor and Gros, the senior management team also includes Marco Graf von Matuschka and Ulrich Wilmes.

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