Mori Art Museum Appoints Martin Germann as Adjunct Curator
On October 1, 2021, the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, welcomed independent curator Martin Germann to its team as an Adjunct Curator.
Mr. Germann has previously been involved in the curation of numerous exhibitions, mainly in Germany and Belgium. He also has a longstanding interest in Asian artists, proactively showcasing their work in many of the exhibitions he has organized. Co-Curator of Another Energy currently underway at the Mori Art Museum, he has contributed enormously to making this exhibition reality, navigating pandemic travel restrictions to research Europe-based artists and make arrangements for works to be exhibited. He has now started to work on projects for the Mori Art Museum’s 20th anniversary in 2023.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to limit movement and travels, a number of art museums overseas have adopted a model of remote curating not necessarily based in the same city as the museum. At the Mori Art Museum too, we have high expectations for this model of curation as a means of maintaining the Museum’s international character amid restrictions on movement, and also being more environmentally-friendly.
At a time when the very raison d’être of the art museum is under scrutiny, by employing an Adjunct Curator, the Mori Art Museum aims to enhance the sustainability of its operations, with a view to ensuring our future as a museum committed to offering a global, cutting-edge experience.
Born in 1974, Germann lives and works in Cologne, Germany. After studying in Berlin and Potsdam, he worked for the 3rd and 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2003-2004, 2005-2006). He later was a curator at Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover, Germany (2008-2012). From 2012 to 2019, he was leading the artistic department of S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium as Senior Curator, where he initiated and organized numerous collection, group, and solo exhibitions and worked on major acquisitions. Recently a Co-Curator of Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging 16 Women Artists from around the World at the Mori Art Museum (2021) and Curator of a comprehensive solo exhibition of Thomas Ruff at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung, 2021), Germann also serves as a Curatorial Advisor for the upcoming Aichi Triennale 2022. For Lili Dujourie: Folds in Time (2015, co-organized with Mu.ZEE, Ostend), he received an AICA Award for Belgium’s best exhibition.