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Kasper König
German curator and art historian

Kasper König

Kasper König
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Intro German curator and art historian
Is Curator Historian Art historian Professor Educator Artist Printmaker Teacher
From Germany
Field Academia Arts Business Social science
Gender male
Birth 21 November 1943, Mettingen, Steinfurt, Münster Government Region, Germany
Age 80 years
Star sign Scorpio
Siblings: Walther König
Spouse: Edda Köchl-König
Children: Johann König (art dealer)
honorary degree  
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Kasper König (born 1943) is a German museum director and curator.


König was born in Mettingen. In 1965 he traveled to New York as a courier on behalf of the Robert Fraser Gallery, where he lived intermittently until 1978. From 1973 to 1975, König taught as an associate professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada. He became a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1985. Portikus, an exhibition hall for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main, was founded in 1987 by König. From 1988 to 2000, König taught as a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, which he headed as rector from 1989. From 2000 to 2012, he was director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.


  • In 1966 König curated his first exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm: "Claes Oldenburg".
  • 1969 Curator: Andy Warhol, Stockholm
  • In 1977 he was the founding director of Skulptur Projekte Münster, which then took place regularly in a cycle of ten years.
  • Westkunst, Cologne 1981
  • Curator Von hier aus – Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf in 1984.
  • Chief curator of Manifesta 10, which was hosted in St. Petersburg in 2014.


Honorary doctorates

  • 2005 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax


In December 2018, König was accused by artist Cana Bilir-Meier of making racist statements about German Turks at a panel event at the Munich Kammerspiele theatre. These accusations have subsequently been criticised and rebuffed.

Personal life

He was married to the actress Edda Köchl-König (1942–2015). Their son Johann König is a Berlin-based art dealer.

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