September 23, 2019

Philippe Pirotte Steps Down as Director of Frankfurt's Städelschule

FRANKFURT, GERMANY—Philippe Pirotte, the director of the Städelschule, the prestigious art school located in Frankfurt, Germany, has announced that he will resign from his position on March 31, 2020. According to Monopol, the Belgian art historian and curator will remain at the school in the role of professor of art history and curatorial studies, and plans to take on research and curatorial projects. Appointed in 2014, Pirotte has also led the Portikus, an exhibition space for contemporary art connected to the institution.

During his tenure, Pirotte has overseen the transition of ownership of the Städelschule from the city of Frankfurt to the German state of Hesse and has supported the appointments of full-time professors Gerard Byrne, Hassan Khan, and Haegue Yang—as well as guest professors Ed Atkins, Tom McCarthy, Shahryar Nashat, Bonaventure Ndikung, Otobong Nkanga, Bunny Rogers, Mark von Schlegell, and Wu Tsang. As director of the Kunsthalle Portikus, he hired Fabian Schöneich and Christina Lehnert as curators.

Between 2005 and 2011, Pirotte was the director of the Kunsthalle Bern, and from 2003 to 2013, he was senior advisor of the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. In 2012, he became adjunct senior curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and in 1999, he cofounded objectif_exhibitions, a not-for-profit contemporary arts center in Antwerp, Belgium.

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