Just yesterday, we reported about veteran leader stepping down from her leadership position at a reputed gallery. Now, we have another news of a veteran director stepping down from his role at Key Berlin Museums. We are talking about none other than Udo Kittelmann who has decided to leave the role of director at the Museum. He has revealed that this year will be his last as a director at the museum as he will step down come next year.
Kittelmann has announced that he will step down in October 2020 which is when his contract expires with the museum. Kittelmann has a great portfolio of museums in his tenure such as Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berggruen Museum, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, and Friedrichswerdersche Kirche.
Talking about Kittelmann and his contribution to the Key Berlin Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage foundation’s president Hermann Parzinger says that Nationalgalerie is now “a global player both nationally and internationally.” thanks to the contributions of Kettelmann. Joachim Jäger has also been announced as an interim director who will serve until a new director has not been appointed. Talking about Kittelmann’s future plans, they have not been revealed by him.
Michael Eissenhauer, general director of state museums of Berlin, said in a press release that Kittelmann would “always puts people at the center” and, in his work, “he continues to stimulate the international art and museum discourse.”
One thing to note is that Kittelmann managed the Neue Nationalgalerie’s €101 million renovation, which began in 2015 and is due to be completed next year. According to ARTnews, it is not uncommon for directors to step down after completing landmark capital projects. We believe that Kittelmann wants to leave the Museum on a positive note and this might be the reason why he has decided to step down.