DPA Picture Alliance

DPA Picture Alliance

I am trained as an historian. Born in Switzerland, I grew up in Paris and attended Brown University, Providence RI, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. As a director of Berggruen & Zevi in London, I organized exhibitions of Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Not Vital and Elisabeth Scherffig, among others. As associate curator at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, I curated retrospectives of Matisse's paper cut-outs, Yves Klein and Picasso's work for the stage. I have written on modernist literature (Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Paul Morand), on twentieth century and contemporary art (Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Adriana Varejão) and on the relationship between music and visual arts (George Condo's Jazz paintings, Picasso & Stravinsky in Italy).  

Apart from various curatorial projects, I am involved in a small number of musical events focused on 20th Century and Contemporary music. These focus on piano music, ranging fro Alexander Scriabin to Unsuk Chin and Helmut Lachenmann.




The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1987

M.A. in History of Art, Master’s Thesis: The Brothers Goncourt Between Past and Present

Thesis Director: Anita Brookner 


Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 1986

A.B. in History of Art


Current Affiliations


Beaumont Nathan, London

Member, International Advisory Board


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Member, Visiting Committee, Modern and Contemporary Art; Visiting Committee, Thomas J. Watson Library


Museum Berggruen, Berlin

Board Member, International Council


Musée Picasso, Paris

Member of the Scientific Committee; Member of the Acquisitions Committee


The John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence RI

Board member


 Select Curatorial Projects


Scuderie del Quirinale & Palazzo Barberini, Rome 2017

Picasso between Cubism & Classicism 1915 - 1925    


The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach Florida 2015

Per Kirkeby: Echo of the Light (co-curated with Kadee Robbins) 


Dickinson Gallery, New York 2013

Paul Klee: The Bauhaus Years


Dickinson Gallery, New York 2011

Playing with Form: Concrete Art from Brazil


Académie de France, Villa Medici, Rome 2010

Beatrice Caracciolo—Tumulti


Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander; Fondazione Memmo, Rome 2008

Jean-Michel Basquiat: To Repel Ghosts


Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, New York 2008

Seven Line Drawings by Picasso


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2007

Picasso and the Theater


Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander; Fondazione Memmo, Rome 2006

Paul Klee: La Collezione Berggruen


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 2005

Yves Klein (co-curated with Ingrid Pfeiffer)


The Gallery at Windsor, Florida 2003

Ed Ruscha: The Drawn Word


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Museum Berggruen, Berlin 2002

Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors: Masterpieces from the Late Years


Berggruen and Zevi Ltd. 1995

Paul Klee: The Bauhaus Years


Artemis Fine Arts 1989

Paul Klee


 Awards and Prizes


Berliner Zeitung Media Award 2009