The Foundation Council of the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen, Germany, announced on Thursday that Janneke de Vries will become its new director, effective October 1, 2018. De Vries will succeed Peter Friese, who will retire.
“The board of trustees is very pleased to have found in Janneke de Vries an artistically renowned, experienced, and well-connected figure in the world of contemporary art, for the management of the foundation and the museum,” the foundation said in a statement. The board also stated that it is convinced that de Vries will develop the Weserburg’s programming and oversee the renovation and modernization of its building in an “exciting and groundbreaking way.”
Janneke de Vries has served as the director of the Gesellschaft Society for Contemporary Art (GAK), also in Bremen, since 2008. Prior to that she served as the director of the Kunstverein Braunschweig from 2006 to 2007, as curatorial assistant at the Kunstverein in Hamburg from 2003 to 2006, and as editor in chief of the Frankfurt-based art magazine <span style=“font-family: Times;”>Artkaleidoscopes </span>from 1999 to 2003.
The Weserburg Museum was founded in 1991 as the first European “collector’s museum”; it has no permanent collection but curates exhibitions of private collections. It is one of the largest modern art exhibition spaces in Germany, and is housed in the same warehouse complex where GAK is located.