Nikola Dietrich.

Nikola Dietrich Named Director of Cologne Art Foundation

Berlin-based art historian and curator Nikola Dietrich has been appointed the new director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne Art Foundation), reports Monopol. On July 1, 2018, she will replace Moritz Wesseler, who has been managing the institution since 2013.

Announcing the nomination, the foundation’s chairman, Thomas Waldschmidt said that Dietrich has “extensive experience in managing and conceptualizing the programs of important cultural institutions.” She furthermore possesses “the sensibility for contemporary subjects within art and culture,” as well as a “signature style in curating experimental exhibitions.”

Born in 1972, Dietrich studied art history, modern German literature, and journalism. After serving as a curator at the Portikus in Frankfurt, she managed the Museum for Contemporary Art in Basel from 2008 until 2014. Exhibitions she curated include solo presentations of the work of Henrik Olesen, Robert Gober, Rodney Graham, Yoko Ono, and John Baldessari, among others.

Nikola Dietrich is a fantastic successor,” said Wesseler. “I am happy that she will take on this position and I am exited to see which direction she will take to further profile the institution.”