This edition of My Art Guide Berlin has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Maike Cruse (Director of Art Berlin), Thomas Köhler (Director of Berlinische Galerie) and Julia Rust (Director of me Collectors Room). The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town.
Maike Cruse studied Fine Art in London and moved to Berlin in 2001 to explore the city’s contemporary art scene. She began her career as Press Spokesperson for the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennale. Together with several artists, she co-initiated the momentous “Forgotten Bar Project” in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin in the summer of 2008. She joined Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach as Communications Manager in 2008. In 2013, she was appointed director of the Art Berlin Contemporary (ABC) art fair (now Art Berlin) and also serves as director of Gallery Weekend Berlin, one of the leading contemporary art events in Germany attracting art lovers and collectors from all over the world.
Thomas Köhler is Director of the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin’s public museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture since 2010.
Previously he was Head of Collections and of the Exhibition Programme and Deputy Director of the Berlinische Galerie (2008-2010), he served as Head of Communications & Visual Education at the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg (1998 – 2008) and also worked with documenta X in 1996 as Programme Director for “100 Days – 100 Guests”. Since 1998 he is also teaching at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Braunschweig (Institute of Art Studies), the University of Hildesheim (Institute of Cultural Policies) and the Technical University of Braunschweig (Institute of Architectural and Urban History and Theory).
Having studied Art History at the University of Nanterre, Paris and Classical Archaeology and Romance Languages at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, in 2003 he obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Julia Rust has been the Director of me Collectors Room Berlin / Foundation Olbricht since 2009. She is a volunteer and a founding member of the Kunstverein OST. She came to Berlin in 2002 after studying in Cologne and she was responsible for marketing and fundraising at C / O Berlin – Cultural Forum for Photography. From 2004 to 2009, she was responsible for marketing, fundraising and management at the Haus am Waldsee – a place of international contemporary art in Berlin.
- Maike Cruse. Photo credits: Clemens Porikys
- Thomas Köhler © Nina Straßgütl
- Julia Rust