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12 May 2021

Full-Time Chief Curator for the Applied and Decorative Arts Collection and Design

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg  Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Job Description

Chief Curator (m/f/d) for the Applied and Decorative Arts Collection (from 1850) and Design

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) is one of the foremost institutions for design in Germany.
Its collections range from antiquity to contemporary innovations, encompassing the cultural regions of Europe, Islam, and the Far East.
The museum regards itself as an institution for discourse and considers the designing of our world as one of the most significant issues of our time.
It is in such a spirit that we value collaboration, endeavoring to be inclusive, inspiring, transparent, and interdisciplinary.
Our responsibility as conveyors of knowledge and researchers remains the central point of departure for our activities.
Interacting with each other respectfully as well as with our visitors is consistent with the values we seek to adhere to as an open-minded institution for

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (which has the legal status of a foundation) is now seeking to appoint, for a limited period of four years (with the prospect of it becoming permanent), and starting no later than January 1, 2022

A Chief Curator (m/f/d)
for the Applied and Decorative Arts Collection (from 1850) and Design Remuneration Group E 13 (TV-AVH) for a fulltime position (100%)

The collection is a representative one of examples from the field of applied arts, which has been continuously expanded to include contemporary design.
It is today one of the most significant collections in German-speaking countries.
Your position reports directly to the museum’s board and is part of the MK&G academic team.

Your responsibilities
 Conception and implementation of scholarly and contemporarily relevant exhibitions and projects, with the objective of activating the collection and
positioning it in terms of contemporary issues
 Participating in interdisciplinary in-house projects, such as exhibitions, outreach, as well as digital and analog projects beyond the actual exhibitions
 Providing curatorial and conservation support and undertaking research (and specifically provenance research) involving the collection
 Extending the collection while taking into consideration the institution’s objectives
 Actively working on the digitalization of the collection’s holdings
 Conceiving and organizing events, lectures, and guided tours
 Liaising with the international design scene, universities, and patrons

Your skills and competencies
 An academic university degree (M.A. or comparable, a doctorate is an advantage) or equivalent expertise in a range of subjects relevant to the museum and the position’s responsibilities
 Excellent knowledge of the history of the applied and decorative arts as well as modern and contemporary design
 Extensive knowledge of and outstanding network in the discourses of contemporary design theory and the international design scene
 Proven and extensive experience in the conceptual development and implementation, as well as supervision of exhibitions
 A passion for designed objects from 1850 onwards, as well as for contemporary craft Initial experience and ability in coordinating and guiding a committed team
 Financial expertise and cost awareness, especially in managing budgets
 Excellent communication, facilitator, and team skills
 Interest and skills in outreach and engaging with a variety of target groups
 High levels of resilience, commitment, and flexibility
 Very good knowledge of German and in addition at least English, knowledge of further foreign languages would be an advantage
 Very good knowledge of Office and inventory applications
 Willing to lend hands-on support when required
 An enthusiasm for experimenting and an active curiosity
 A large dose of humor

We are offering
 One of the foremost collections of applied and decorative arts in Germany
 A varied range of duties in an exciting environment within a committed and friendly team of colleagues
 A lively institution that is resolved in maintaining its position as one of the leading museums in the field of design
 Flexible working hours and public transport benefits

The MK&G forcefully pursues the goals of diversification and equality in terms of all genders and lifestyles, including the compatibility of work and family. The MK&G welcomes applications from people of all nationalities and social milieus, from people of color, and from applicants with a refugee background or family history of migration.
The MK&G is seeking outstandingly qualified candidates and is ready to temporarily accept limited German (below C1) or English (below B2)
language skills for non-native speakers.

In the area in which this position is being advertised, men are underrepresented with regard to the Hamburg Equal Opportunities Act. Applications from men are therefore expressly welcomed and will be given priority if possessing an equal suitability, qualifications, and professional background.

Applications from people with severe disabilities or similar, as set out in the SGB IX act, are welcomed and will be given priority if equally suitable (the place of work is only to a certain extent disabled accessible).

Please submit your application by June 13, 2021 including detailed application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates) in a PDF file (max. 10 MB) to the personnel consultants commissioned by us:

Scheytt GmbH by email quoting the code KEX_3243.

By submitting your application, you are consenting to us storing and processing your personal data in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg and KULTUREXPERTEN’s digital systems for the task of processing the application.
It is possible to revoke such consent at any time.

If you have any questions, Annika Meyburg is available at the e-mail address supplied or by telephone at +49 (0)201 822 89 162.


Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: curator, design, museum and visual arts. States: Germany.


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