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Seeking curator: art of the 20th and 21st centuries

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Deadline: 16 January 2022

Photo: A.R.

Photo: A.R.

The Museum Ludwig in Cologne is looking for a curator of art of the 20th and 21st centuries to start work on March 1, 2022. The post includes looking after the museum’s collection of prints and drawings (Graphics Collection).

The Museum Ludwig is one of Europe’s most important museums of modern and contemporary art, and a leading institution internationally, with a collection focusing on classical modernism, the Russian avant-garde, Pablo Picasso, and Pop Art, as well as contemporary art and photography. In its acquisitions, exhibitions, projects, and initiatives, the Museum fosters a diversity of voices and mutual respect as the basis of a democratic society. Since the museum also seeks to increase diversity among its staff, people with personal or family histories of migration, and in particular people of color, are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Job description
–You will develop temporary exhibitions, presentations of works from the Museum’s collection, and other projects on current themes in art and society.
–You will supervise the Museum’s collection of prints and drawings, including maintenance in cooperation with the departments of restoration, administration, and documentation.
–You will help to expand the Museum’s collection by suggesting acquisitions (purchases, donations).
–You will organize the loaning of works.

Required qualifications
–You have completed a course of studies (masters degree or university diploma) in art history, art theory, cultural studies, curatorial studies, museology, or a comparable subject.
–Documented experience with themes including migration, post-colonialism and gender.

Required skills
–Excellent knowledge of 20th-century and contemporary art
–International network in the field of 20th-century and contemporary art
–Good command of German and English (both written and spoken)
–Intercultural competence
–Experience in the field of prints and drawings
–Excellent organization and communication skills
–Ability to perform well under pressure
–Confidence when working in-house and with external partners
–High degree of reliability

Terms of employment
–The pay grade for this position is Group 13, Case 1 TVöD (assigned in accordance with the regulations laid down in Germany’s civil service pay scale)
–Regular working hours: 39 hours per week

Please note: due to the nature of the work in question, flexible working hours apply in line with municipal regulations (this may mean working evenings and weekends) and, where necessary, outside of regular working hours.

Your application
For any further questions concerning the application procedure, please contact: Ms. Orban-Boysen, T +49(0)221-22126177 /

Closing date for receipt of applications is January 16, 2022.

Please send your application, quoting the reference number “1461/21-01 RaUl” either as a PDF by email to, or by post to the following address:

Stadt Köln
Museum Ludwig
50667 Köln

As an equal opportunities employer, the City of Cologne welcomes applications from men and women, regardless of ethnic, cultural or social background, age, religion, worldview, disability, or sexual identity.

The City of Cologne has pledged to increase the share of women in senior positions and in fields where they are underrepresented. Women are thus explicitly encouraged to apply.

In addition, we stress the importance of options for women and men employed at all levels to adapt their working hours to their individual family responsibilities.

The City of Cologne has been given the rating TOTAL E-QUALITY for commitment to equal opportunities for women and men, with the additional rating DIVERSITY.

Where equal qualifications and skills are present, women and disabled applicants will be given preferential treatment.


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