Thomas Wulffen

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Thomas Wulffen (born February 5, 1954 in Bochum ) is a German art critic , journalist and curator , best known as President of the German section of AICA until 2012.


Wulffen completed a degree in philosophy and linguistics at the University of Konstanz . Since 1982 he has worked as an art reviewer for the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel . Initially, on a part-time basis, he contributed to specialist magazines such as “ Kunstforum International ” (Cologne), “ Artscribe ” (London), “ Flash Art ” (Milan) as well as “ Noema ” and “ Pan ”. From 1984 he was a full-time freelance journalist and art critic. In 1987 he took on a job for the Berlin city magazine Zitty as editor in charge of the visual arts, where he had previously been a freelancer. In addition, he was the editor and author of the documentary Real Art-Reality Art - A Definition and Accompanying Material . From 1992 he became a permanent Berlin correspondent for the art magazines “Forum International” from Antwerp and “ Zyma ” from Stuttgart. He himself became the editor of an art magazine called “ Below Papers ” from 1993–1994.

Since the late 1980s, Wulffen has regularly taken on tasks as a curator and wrote catalog articles. Since 2001 he has worked for the Berlin pages of the FAZ and the artist kunstmagazin . In April 2008 he was elected President of the German section of the International Association of Art Critics AICA. In 2011 he stepped down as President.

Thomas Wulffen lives and works in Berlin . His brothers Christian Wulffen and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen also deal with aspects of art .

Exhibition organizers (selection)

  • 1989
  • 1990
    • Ceterum Censeo - News from the depot , Künstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin
    • Interference - Art from Berlin 1960–1990 , curator for the art of the eighties, Riga, St. Petersburg
  • 1991
    • Provincial dissipative structures on site , University of the Arts, Berlin
  • 1992
    • Conceptual Debt - Art in Ruins , guest curator for the DAAD gallery , Berlin
    • Reciprocal within the framework of the exhibition project 37 Rooms , Kunst-Werke Berlin
    • Art Heimat Kunst with the artists Raimund Kummer and Kurt Buchwald as part of the Steirischer Herbst Graz, Berlin, Potsdam-Sanssouci and Graz
    • Germany curator for the art fair Frontiera 1 '92 Forum for Young Art , Bozen, Italy
  • 1993
    • Pynchon in Berlin with Stephan Heidenreich and Simao Ferreira, Kunst-Werke Berlin
    • Stage IX by Antonio Muntadas, Kunst-Werke Berlin
  • 1994
    • The Corners of Life or About a Perspective Architecture of Truth , with Monica Bonvicini , Kunst-Werke Berlin
  • 1995
    • between the fold of the shadow of any architecture , with Chaz Pigott, Kunst-Werke Berlin
    • * , with Anette Begerow, Kunst-Werke Berlin
    • Painting as a medium , with Gunda Förster, Veronika Kellndorfer and Andrea Scrima , Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
  • 1996
    • Laboratorium Berlin-Moscow , Contemporary Art Center, Moscow
    • Schinkel Pavilion, BEMAG building, Heinrich-Hertz-Haus , with Fritz Balthaus, work in public space, Berlin
  • 1998
    • Le Futur du Passé , LAC Sigean, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    • Ceterum Censeo 2 , Galerie im Marstall, Berlin

Fonts (selection)

  • 2010 Documentation "Fiktion der Kunst der Fiktion", Kunstforum International Vol. 202 and 204. Cologne
  • 2001 Documentation The Broken Thread - Nonlinear Techniques in Contemporary Art , Kunstforum International, Cologne
  • 1994 Documentation Operating System Art , Kunstforum International, Cologne
  • 1990 Documentation Pictures from the GDR , Kunstforum International, Cologne (with Michael Hübl)
  • 1987 Documentation Real Art - Real Art - A Definition and Accompanying Material Kunstforum International, Cologne

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Deutschlandradio Kultur from April 14, 2008: Thomas Wulffen elected President of the Art Critics Association ( Memento from April 27, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Program series of lectures on the subject of the art operating system - April 14 to July 22, 2004 ( Memento from April 26, 2005 in the Internet Archive )