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BONAVENTURE NDIKUNG NAMED NEXT DIRECTOR OF HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT

“Founder,” “Curator,” “Ph.D. in medical biotechnology,” and “Professor,” are just a few of the impressive titles Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung holds, and now he will add a new Director position to his list. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany’s cosmopolitan venue for contemporary arts, has tapped Ndikung to begin his post as their Director in January 2023.


Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, 2017, by Olaf Kosinsky

In a statement, Ndikung said, “Berlin is home to citizens from 190 nations, and these people must be fundamental in the future structuring of a house of world cultures, as fellow travelers and co-creators of a house of complexity, of analysis of the diverse asymmetries of the world and ultimately of reconciliation of cultures. I am honored that I have been given the responsibility to open the way for such a future.”






Co-founder of the highly regarded Savvy Contemporary arts space, best known for its innovative exhibitions, performances, radio project, publications, and archive-building projects, Bonaventure made a name for himself as an internationally sought-after curator, eventually earning the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin for his work there. His previous curatorial and artistic director roles include the recurring Dutch exhibition Sonsbeek in the Netherlands, Bamako Encounters, a photography biennial in Mali; curator at large for Documenta 14 in 2017, and a guest curator for the 2018 Dak’Art biennial in Dakar, Senegal. In 2020, he received the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin for his work at Savvy.


It is going to be thrilling to see what he does at HKW. For all the details visit ARTnews. Congratulations to Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung on this well-deserved leadership role!