Sibylle Hoiman becomes the new director of the Museum of Applied Arts in the Berlin State Museums. This was decided by the Board of Trustees of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) at its meeting on December 5th. The art historian, who is currently in charge of the architecture archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, succeeds Sabine Thümmler, who retired at the end of May.
Sibylle Hoiman was previously a curator at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, where she realized numerous exhibitions, was responsible for the redesign of the permanent exhibition and was involved in the conception for the new building. After positions at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg and as head of the Botanical Museum Berlin, she took over the management of the architecture archive of the Academy of Arts in 2020.
The Kunstgwerbemuseum is about to be redefined in terms of content and major changes, announced Hermann Parzinger, President of the SPK. “In view of the global processes of change, the crises and the discussions about values, a repositioning of the Kunstgewerbemuseum is more important than ever. The Kunstgewerbemuseum, which I see as an institution that is comprehensively dedicated to all facets of the designed living environment, is part of this discourse, has to deal with the changing social conditions and face the burning questions of our time,” says Hoiman.
“The potential for a ‘design location’ Kulturforum is obvious. I would like the Kunstgewerbemuseum to have a voice when it comes to redesigning this area, that it will be noticed in Berlin and beyond.”
Sibylle Hoiman studied art history, American studies and philosophy in Braunschweig, Bonn and Vienna. This was later followed by postgraduate studies in the field of monument preservation in Bamberg. After completing her doctorate at the Technical University of Berlin, she was a scholarship holder at the German Forum for Art History in Paris and then at the ETH Zurich. (Tsp)
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