Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees
for the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank

The Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH has a board of trustees that represents a network and advisory group for the gGmbH in order to anchor itself more deeply in the relevant art and museum landscape.

Dr. Jutta Götzmann

© Annette Koroll, Berlin

Director of the Städtischen Museen Freiburg
Born in 1965

Jutta Götzmann studied art history, German philology and educational science in Münster and Rome. She received a scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and received her doctorate in 2002 from the University of Münster. In 2003/04 Götzmann received a research grant (post-doc) at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (Max Planck Institute for Art History).

As a long-standing exhibition curator and project manager, she worked at the LWL Museum for Art and Culture, Münster and at the German Historical Museum, Berlin. In 2008 she was appointed founding director of the Potsdam Museum – Forum for Art and History and took over the management of the establishment of the museum on the Alter Markt. In addition to her curatorial work and her collection management for art from the 19th to the 21st century, she takes on courses and cooperation projects, e.g. at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, the HTWK Leipzig and the Berlin University of the Arts. In autumn 2022 she was appointed Executive Director of the Municipal Museums in Freiburg and Director of the Augustinian Museum and will take up the post in March 2023. Jutta Götzmann is the author of numerous writings on ancient, modern and contemporary art.

Curated exhibitions (selection)
Potsdam Museum – Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

  • 2021/2022: Bernhard Heisig. Menschheitsträume. Das malerische Spätwerk
  • 2020/2021: OST. SÜD. Frank Gaudlitz. Fotografien 1986-2020
  • 2020: Karl Hagemeister „ … das Licht, das ewig wechselt“. Landschaftsmalerei des deutschen Impressionismus. Kooperationsausstellung Potsdam Museum / Museum Georg Schäfer Schweinfurt und Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop
  • 2018/19: Umkämpfte Wege der Moderne. Wilhelm Schmid und die Novembergruppe
  • 2017/18: Leben ist Glühn. Der deutsche Expressionist Fritz Ascher. Eine Ausstellung in Kooperation mit der Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York
  • 2016/17: Die wilden 80er Jahre in der deutsch-deutschen Malerei
  • 2015/16: Armando – Bruchstücke / Brokstukken. In Kooperation mit dem Chabot Museum Rotterdam
  • 2015: Künstlerinnen der Moderne. Magda Langenstraß-Uhlig und ihre Zeit
  • 2014/15: Stadt-Bild / Kunst-Raum. Entwürfe der Stadt in Werken von Potsdamer und Ost-Berliner Künstlerinnen und Künstlern (1949-1990)
  • 2013: Lebenswerke – Stötzer / Förster / Heisig / Grzimek / Metzkes / Paris. Ausstellung zum 10. Jahrestag des Brandenburgischen Kunstpreises

KunstHaus Potsdam e.V.

  • 2018: Ulrike Hogrebe – Pleinair. Kunstpreisträgerin der Roland Gräfe Stiftung – Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur
  • 2017: Anna Werkmeister. Landschaftsräume – Zeitfenster
  • 2014: Vom Innenraum zum Außenraum. Aus der Sammlung Florian Peters-Messer. Mit Arbeiten u. a. von Manfred Pernice, Sabine Hornig, Karsten Konrad und Thomas Struth
  • 2012: Emma Stibbon. Potsdam – Berlin. Changing Cities

Paola Malavassi

© Florian Reimann

Founding Director of the DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam
Born in 1978

Paola Malavassi, born in San José, Costa Rica, studied art history and philosophy
at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. From 2016 to 2020 she was head of
Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin (JSC Berlin). Before that, from 2005 to 2011, she was
curatorial director’s assistant to Prof. Kasper König at Museum Ludwig Cologne,
where she collaborated with such artists as Andreas Fischer and Tobias Rehberger.
The exhibitions she curated included, “A. R. Penck: Past – Present – Future” (2010/11),
“Georg Herold: wo man kind” (2007), and “Gabriel Orozco: Samurai’s Tree invariant”

Paola Malavassi works in an interdisciplinary manner, frequently involving the areas
of music and dance. Such an approach most recently became evident in the exhibition
“Stan Douglas: Splicing Block” (2019, JSC Berlin) which she curated, and in the
performance “APEX VARIATIONS” by the artist Arthur Jafa and the jazz pianist Jason
Moran (2018, JSC Berlin). She had already organized performative events at Museum
Ludwig, including a concert with Steve Reich and the Ensemble Modern on Gerhard
Richter in collaboration with the Kölner Philharmonie, and a performance by the choreographer
Anna Halprin in collaboration with Tanzhaus NRW (both in 2009).

Art outreach and education also play a central role in her work. Malavassi has held
teaching positions at Freie Universität Berlin and Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.
At Museum Ludwig she headed the art outreach project “kunst:dialoge” and was
co-founder of the interdisciplinary series of events “Late Night Thursday.” Both projects
continue today.

Dr. Angelika Richter

©Heike Overberg

Rector of weißensee kunsthochschule berlin
Born in 1971

After spending time abroad in London and Paris, she studied art history and German language and literature in Tübingen and Berlin. She wrote her doctoral thesis on art and gender criticism at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, where she was awarded a doctorate. Focusing on contemporary art, gender studies, art and culture of Eastern Europe, and the history of performance and media art, she has worked as a cultural scholar, curator, and author since the late 1990s. She realized and (co-)curated numerous exhibition projects in Berlin and internationally. These include “Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Eastern Europe,” mumok–Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2009); “And Now. Female Artists from the GDR,” Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (2009); exhibitions for the Marion Ermer Prize, Neues Museum Weimar (2010 and 2013); “Left Performance Histories. Recollecting Artistic Practices in Eastern Europe,” nGbK Berlin (2018); “Die wir nie gewesen sind,” Deutscher Künstlerbund Berlin (2019).

Angelika Richter worked for the Liverpool Biennial 2002 in Great Britain and was Artistic Director and Executive Director of Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. from 2003 to 2006. From 2018 to 2021 she was Executive Director of the Deutscher Künstlerbund. She was a member of the international DFG research network “Action Art Beyond the Iron Curtain” and a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig. With an interdisciplinary focus, Angelika Richter has taught at art colleges in Germany. She is active on juries, advisory boards, and as a lecturer. Dr. Angelika Richter has been president of weißensee kunsthochschule berlin since 2021.

Gero Dimter

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Vice President of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Born in 1976

Gero Dimter, was born in Dresden, graduated in law from the University of Dresden and completed his post-graduate legal training in Berlin, where he also passed the second state law examination in 2003.
Dimter worked as an attorney before being appointed as a judge in Berlin in 2004.
After working at various different courts, he served as the Officer for Judicial Affairs and Consumer Protection in the Brussels office of the Federal State of Berlin from 2010 to 2012.
In 2013, Dimter was appointed member of a civil chamber at Kammergericht Berlin (the state’s highest court). From April 2014 until February 2019, he was simultaneously head of one of the Administrative Departments of the Kammergericht.
In March 2019, he became Vice President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).

Dr. Thomas Köhler

© Thomas Köhler

Director of Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Born in 1966

  • 1987 – 1988 studied Art History, Universität Nanterre, Paris
  • 1988 – 1994 studied Art History, classical archeology and Romance studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main
  • 2003 Doctorate to Dr. phil. at the Fakultät für Architektur der Technischen Universität Darmstadt
  • since September 2005 habilitation project at the Universität Hamburg
Professional background:
  • 1994 -1998 research assistant at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
  • 1996 worked as “curator in residence” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • 1996 – 1997 program director of the “100 Tage – 100 Gäste” at documentaries X in Kassel
  • 1998 – 2008 Head of Communication & Visual Education at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
  • 2008 – 2010 head of the collections and the exhibition program as well as deputy director of the Berlinischen Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur since September
  • 2010 Director of the Berlinischen Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur since 1998 teaching assignments at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, the Universität Hildesheim and the Technischen Universität Braunschweig
Exhibitions (selections):
  • 1996 Views From Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art
  • 1998 – 2009 verschiedene Ausstellungen im Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (u. a.)
  • 2001 Sharon Lockhart: Teatro Amazonas
  • 2005 James Rosenquist: A Retrospective
  • 2006 Lee Miller: Fotografien
  • 2007 Arakii, Miyamoto, Sugimoto
  • 2008 Heinrich Heidersberger
  • 2010 Nan Goldin, Berlin Work, Berlinische Galerie
Publications (selections):
  • Das Kunstmuseum als Kommunikationsmaschine. Zum Bedeutungswandel der Kunstmuseen, in: The Educational Complex. Vermittlungsstrategien von Gegenwartskunst, Wolfsburg
  • 2003 – The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and back again, in. Braunschweiger Beiträge zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur, Weltliteratur. Eine Braunschweig Vorlesung, Gütersloh
  • 2005 – Bildungsutopie oder Bilderspektakel? Die MoMA-Ausstellung in Berlin, in: Das MoMA in Berlin. Erinnerungen
  • 2005 – Zur Konstruktion einer scheinbaren Wirklichkeit bei Jeff Wall, in: Blickfeld Gegenwartskunst: Die Sammlung des Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg im Fokus kunstwissenschaftlicher Perspektiven.
Film program:
  • 1996 Urbane Visionen (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main)
  • 1998 Die Filme Andy Warhols (Arsenal, Freunde der deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin)
  • 2000 Sharon Lockhart: (Kino Abaton, Hamburg; Deutsches Filmmuseum/ Kommunales Kino, Frankfurt am Main; Arsenal, Freunde der deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin)
  • 2001 Gary Hill (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig)
  • 2007 Andy Warhol zum 20. Todestag: Lonsesome Cowboys (Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Braunschweig)
Mediation programs for Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (selection):
  • 1998 Andreas Gursky. Fotografien von 1994 – 1998
  • 1998/99 Andy Warhol. A Factory
  • 2002 Richard Avedon. In The American West
  • 2002/03 Blast to Freeze. Britische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert 2005 Cecil Beaton: Porträts
  • 2006/07 Neo Rauch. Neue Rollen. Bilder 1993 bis heute
  • 2008/09 Edward Steichen. In High Fashion

Paul Spies

© Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto Michael Setzpfandt

Freelance consultant, former Board and director of the Stadtmuseums Berlin and chief curator of the state of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum
Born in 1960

(Walter) Paul Spies was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Immediately after completing his studies, the graduate art historian and archaeologist of antiquity founded the art history office D’arts with two colleagues. He worked there for 21 years until he was appointed director of the Amsterdam City Museum in 2009. From February 1, 2016 to July 1, 2024, he was director and board member of the Stadtmuseum Berlin and chief curator of the state of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum. Since then, he has been advising institutions on a freelance basis for museum concepts, consulting and coaching (Paul Spies CCC: conception, consulting, coaching).