Participants

KATIA BAUDIN — born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1967 – has been the Deputy Director of the Museum Ludwig since the end of May 2008. She studied business administration (B.B.A; Hofstra University, New York) and history of art (M.A.; Sorbonne Paris IV) and is writing her dissertation on the crossing of borders between art and design. As the Director of the Fonds régional d’art contemporain Nord-Pas de Calais museum in Dunkirk (1997-2004) and the Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs academy in Strasburg (2004-2007), she has worked with numerous artists and designers (purchases, exhibitions, teaching commissions and projects), including Grcic and Rehberger. She curated one of the first major exhibitions on the issue: “Traffic d’Influences: Art+Design” (Lille, 2004).

HARALD FALCKENBERG — born in Hamburg in 1943, he studied law in Freiburg, Berlin and Hamburg. Harald Falckenberg began his art collection in 1994. Meanwhile, it comprises around 1,900 works of art. Falckenberg is one of Germany’s most important collectors of contemporary art. The lawyer, entrepreneur and collector is the founder of the Phoenix Cultural Foundation, which has more than 6,000 square metres of exhibition space. His collection pieces include works of art by the international avant-garde, with groups of works by Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, but also large installations by Jonathan Meese and Thomas Hirschhorn. Falckenberg is the Chairman of the Hamburg Art Association and author of the books “Ziviler Ungehorsam. Kunst im Klartext” (Civil Disobedience. Art in Plain Text – 2002) and “Aus dem Maschinenraum der Kunst. Aufzeichnungen eines Sammlers” (From The Machine Room of Art. Chronicle of a Collector – 2007).

KONSTANTIN GRCIC — was born in Munich in 1965. As Germany’s currently most successful industrial designer, he designs furniture, products and lamps for some of the world’s most important design companies. Many of his products have received prestigious design awards and are included in the permanent collections of important design museums (Museum of Modern Art/New York, Centre George Pompidou/Paris), including his multifunctional MAYDAY lamp (Flos, 1998), for example. His customers includes Authentics, ClassiCon, Flos, Krups, Lamy, Muji, Plank and Vitra, to name but a few.MIKE MEIRÉ — born in 1964, he lives and works in Cologne. In 1987, he founded the Meiré & Meiré agency with his brother Marc and, in 2001, the NEO NOTO cultural production. In addition to his work as the art director for Brand Eins, kid’s wear, 032c, MINIInternational, Arch+, he stages projects that focus on the cultural interfaces of brands. To this end, he developed and curated the – with Dornbracht – joint project series Statements and the subsequent Edges, also with his own artistic contributions. As an experienced border-crosser, he specialises in promoting developments searching for new design approaches. In his projects, he switches between the positions of art director, designer and artist.

MIKE MEIRÉ — born in 1964, he lives and works in Cologne. In 1987, he founded the Meiré & Meiré agency with his brother Marc and, in 2001, the NEO NOTO cultural production. In addition to his work as the art director for Brand Eins, kid’s wear, 032c, MINIInternational, Arch+, he stages projects that focus on the cultural interfaces of brands. To this end, he developed and curated the – with Dornbracht – joint project series Statements and the subsequent Edges, also with his own artistic contributions. As an experienced border-crosser, he specialises in promoting developments searching for new design approaches. In his projects, he switches between the positions of art director, designer and artist.

TOBIAS REHBERGER — the sculptor, born in Esslingen in 1966, studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste [Academy of Fine Arts], the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main, for which he is currently the pro-rector. His works are on display in all of the important museums around the world and have been shown repeatedly within the context of group and individual exhibitions. Among others, his works have received the Dix Award in 1999 and the Karl-Ströher Award in 2003.