Dr. Simone Schimpf will take over as director of the Neues Museum Nürnberg on July 1, 2021. Schimpf is very familiar with the management and curation of museums as well as foundation work. Since 2013, she has headed the Museum für Konkrete Kunst (MKK) in Ingolstadt and presides over the Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst und Design (SKKD). Since 2017, she has also been deputy director of the Alf Lechner Foundation in Ingolstadt. Previously, the art historian with a doctorate in art history was curator for art after 1945 at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart for seven years (2006–2013), of which she also worked as the museum’s deputy director for the last four years (2009–2013).
On the occasion of her new task, Dr. Simone Schimpf emphasized: “Nowadays, the museum takes on many functions and is no longer the closed-off temple of the Muses. It is a social meeting place, a place of communication and encounter with a high quality of stay. It is an ideal place for rest and contemplation as well as a creativity laboratory. I look forward to working with the team to further expand the Neues Museum Nürnberg in this direction.”
The Neues Museum — Nuremberg State Museum of Art and Design opened on April 15, 2000. In the award-winning building designed by architect Volker Staab, the museum displays art and design from the 1950s onward. The museum is one of the most important places of cultural life in Nuremberg and the region and has supraregional appeal. Several exhibitions per year and constantly changing collection presentations are part of the fixed program.
The House of Contemporary Art and Design also offers a wide range of educational programs for a variety of target groups, as well as a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary events such as lectures, talks, discussions, concerts and film evenings. For the area of design, there is a cooperation with the Neue Sammlung — The Design Museum in Munich. The museum could celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020.