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Susanne Gaensheimer to Curate German Pavilion at 2013 Venice Biennale

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After last year’s Golden Lion winning success for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Susanne Gaensheimer was tapped once again to curate the country’s offering in 2013. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the art and exhibition committee of the federal foreign office in Berlin.

Born in 1967, Gaensheimer has served as the director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art (MMK) since 2009 when she took over for Udo Kittelmann. Kittelmann, who led the institution from 2002 to 2008 left to run the Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Previous to the MMK, Gaensheimer directed the Städische Galerie im Lenbachhaus’s collection of contemporary art. While speculation in the last weeks pointed towards Gaensheimer as the likely choice, it makes a strong, if unfortunate, statement about the available options among the German curatorial community for the prestigious position.

For 2011, Gaensheimer presented an installation by Christoph Schlingensief in Venice, following his untimely death the previous August. The Pavilion was a collaborative effort between Gaensheimer and Schlingensief’s widow, Aino Laberenz, a theater set and costume designer of Finish origin. While the choice of an artist for 2013, is likely some time off, the 2011 pavilion’s difficult circumstances and undeniable pull on the art world’s heart strings, will certainly be a challenge to surpass.

Fotograf: Maruricio Guillén, Courtesy MMK

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