The curator of the Capital Cultural Fund prepares the decisions for the Joint Committee. He or she chairs the jury, has voting rights, and takes part in its meetings. He or she presents the jury’s—or in some cases his or her own—funding recommendations to the Joint Committee.
The curator is also a member of and spokesperson for the panel of experts for the funding program for especially relevant exhibitions.
The curator decides on the allocation of funding from the Capital Cultural Fund for the presentation of especially successful projects (Wiederaufnahme).
Appointment of the curator
The curator is appointed for two years to the Capital Cultural Fund by the Joint Committee. The appointment may be extended once.
Prof. Gereon Sievernich
Appointed curator from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020; appointment extended by two years to March 31, 2022
From 2001 to early 2018, Professor Gereon Sievernich was director of the Martin-Gropius-Bau (MGB). During this period, he turned the exhibition venue into a major national and international venue for outstanding art and culture. Under his direction, the museum became a center of modern and contemporary art and architecture. The MGB is known for its work with high-profile artists, but it has also been influenced by the current discourse on German and international contemporary art and by themes and formats that reflect modern trends and art historical conventions.
Prior to 2001, Sievernich developed and realized scientific and artistic concepts for exhibition projects and cultural programs under the aegis of the Berliner Festspiele. This included festivals of world cultures, exhibitions on the work of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti, and important presentations of new art, photography, and outstanding works of art from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He thus lent a distinct international flair to exhibitions both in Berlin and throughout Germany.
Panel of experts for especially relevant exhibitions
Together with Dr. Eva Huttenlauch and Max Hollein, the curator also sits on the panel of experts for the funding of especially relevant exhibitions for 2021/2022.