Thomas Thiel to Lead Germany’s Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Siegen, Germany, has announced that Thomas Thiel, currently the director of the Bielefelder Kunstverein, will join the institution as its new director in April 2019. He succeeds Eva Schmidt, who will step down from the helm of the museum after a fourteen-year tenure to work as a freelance critic and curator.

Born in Nuremberg in 1977 and raised in Bamberg, Germany, Thiel studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the Universities of Hildesheim and Marseille. As director of the Bielefelder Kunstverein, he curated numerous solo exhibitions and organized projects with artists such as Dineo Seshee Bopape, Michael Beutler, Cécile B. Evans, Latifa Echakch, Luke Fowler, Iman Issa, Gabriel Kuri, and Arne Schmitt. Previously, Thiel served as curator and head of exhibitions at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe for four years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is known as the home of the Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection, which comprises more than two hundred works, many of which were produced by former Rubens Prize laureates. Founded in 1955, the award—named after Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, who was born in Siegen in 1577—is presented every five years by the city to a painter living in Europe in honor of his or her artistic achievements. Among the artists in the collection are Francis Bacon, Maria Lassnig, Sigmar Polke, Bridget Riley, and Cy Twombly.