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Sibylle Hoiman
Dr. Sibylle Hoimann, © Heike Steinweg

Prof. Dr Sabine Thümmler had retired at the end of May 2022. Now the Foundation Council of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) has decided: Dr Sibylle Hoiman will become the new director of the Museum of Decorative Arts of the National Museums in Berlin. The art historian, currently director of the Baukunstarchiv of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, is to organise the repositioning of the museum at the Kulturforum.

Dr. Sibylle Hoiman studied art history, American studies and philosophy in Braunschweig, Bonn and Vienna and also completed postgraduate studies in the field of monument conservation in Bamberg. In her master’s thesis, she already dealt with the history and significance of museums of decorative arts. After completing her doctorate at the TU Berlin, she held a scholarship at the German Forum for Art History in Paris and then worked at the ETH Zurich. At the Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin, she has been a curator for many years, has realised numerous exhibitions, was responsible for the redesign of the permanent exhibition and played a major role in the concept for the new building. After holding positions at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg and as director of the Botanical Museum Berlin, she took over as director of the Baukunstarchiv der Akademie der Künste in 2020.

With regard to her new task, she stated: “In view of the global processes of change, the crises and the discussions about values, a repositioning of the Museum of Decorative Arts is more important than ever. The Museum of Decorative Arts, which I see as an institution comprehensively dedicated to the designed living world in all its facets, is part of these discourses, must deal with the changing social conditions and face the burning questions of our time. Due to its outstanding and diverse collections, it is particularly suited to take on precisely this role of observing mediator.” The potential for a “design location” Kulturforum is obvious, he said. “I want,” says Hoiman, “the Museum of Decorative Arts to have an audible voice in the redevelopment of this area, to be noticed in Berlin and beyond. I am very much looking forward to working together with the team of the Museum of Decorative Arts and my colleagues from the National Museums in Berlin.

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