Marina Kellen French Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2016
Wolfram Koeppe has been the Marina Kellen French Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2011. After completing his PhD in law and art history, in Giessen and Munich, he became an assistant curator for research at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in 1991; he joined The Met as a senior research assistant in 1992.
Koeppe’s exhibitions and publications include Princely Splendor: The Dresden Court 1580-1620 (co-curator, 2004); European Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (co-author, in 2006); and Fascino del bello. Collezione Terruzzi in Rome (2007), and he was the driving force behind the award-wining exhibition Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe. A leading specialist in the furniture of Abraham and David Roentgen, Koeppe co-organized the Roentgen exhibition Edle Möbel für höchste Kreise (2007), in Neuwied, and he conceived and organized the award-winning exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture by the Roentgens, the accompanying exhibition catalogue of which won the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Outstanding Monographic Exhibition Catalogues in 2012. Koeppe’s latest exhibition is entitled Hungarian Treasure: Silver from the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection (2015), which is accompanied by an online catalogue.
Koeppe is known for his wide-ranging interests in the decorative arts and sculpture, many acquisitions of which are now included as essential masterpieces in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s guide. He lectures and teaches extensively and is strongly involved in the museum’s various media programs and development efforts.