Museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism
"Since the late 1990s, interest has grown steadily in a globalized historical perspective of modernism – which for a long time meant the avant-garde artistic tendencies that developed during the 20th century in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and later New York. But thriving beyond the borders of Europe and North America as well were centers of art production that formulated independent positions that went beyond ‘Western modernism’ or engaged in confrontation with it. Starting from a critical engagement with its own collection, the exhibition “museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen focused on selected instances of a transcultural modernism situated beyond the Western canon. With microhistories from Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogated not just a Eurocentric version of art history, but its own perspectives as well. "
Director of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen
Susanne Gaensheimer is an art historian, curator and museum director. Since 1 September 2017 she is the director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. She previously held positions as director of Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (1999−2001) and as Head of Collection International Contemporary Art and Curator at Lenbachhaus, Munich (2002−2008). From 2009 to 2017 she was director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK in Frankfurt, where she curated shows on the work of Franz West, Hélio Oiticica, Isa Genzken, or Kader Attia, amongst others. 2011 and 2013 she curated the German Pavilion of the 54 and 55 Biennial of Venice, and in 2013 Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng and Dayanika Singh. In 2014 she was responsible for the foundation of a second branch of MMK, the MMK 2. Susanne Gaensheimer teaches at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt, where she has been an honorary professor since 2016.