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Udo Kittelmann

The fact that Udo Kittelmann—who takes over as director of Frankfurt’s Museum für Modeme Kunst (MMK) in January—was schooled as an optician rather than an art historian has not escaped the exacting eye of the German press. Upon his appointment last February, newspaper reports invariably noted the unconventional background, but any lingering doubts about credentials were altogether dispelled this summer: As commissioner for the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Kittelmann’s prescience with regard to contemporary art enjoyed a very public demonstration when Gregor Schneider went on to win the Golden Lion, the exhibition’s top prize.

Kittelmann follows founding director Jean-Christophe Ammann, who retired after ten years at the helm. The choice did not surprise the German art world, which has long respected Kittelmann’s curatorial acumen. An independent curator in the ’80s (while still

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