Till-Holger Borchert

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Till-Holger Borchert (born 4 January 1967, [1] in Hamburg) is a German art historian and writer specialising in 14th and 15th-century art. He has been the chief curator of the Groeningemuseum and Arentshuis museums in Bruges, Belgium, between 2003 and 2014. [2] In December 2014, he was appointed as director of the Municipal Museums in Bruges. [3] In this role he initiated a radical reorganisation of the institution and laid the foundation for the renewal of infrastructure like the ticketing facility of the Gruuthusemuseum, a new storage, and the exhibition park BRUSK designed by architect Paul Robbrecht. In November 2021 he was appointed as new director of the Suermondt Ludwig Museum in Aachen, a position he resumed in April 2022. [4]


He has been teaching in Europe and the US [5] and curated a number of major exhibitions, including "Memling's Portraits", which showed in Bruges, at the Frick Collection in New York and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, [6] and "Memling: Rinascimento fiammingo" in Rome in 2014/15. [7] He was also one of the leading curators of the Bruges Triennial for contemporary art and architecture [8] and has been co-curator of the exhibition "Van Eyck An Optical Revolution" in the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent in 2020. [9]


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