Andreas Blühm has been named director of the Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands. The Berlin-born scholar and curator has been director of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud in Cologne, Germany since 2005.
Blühm's appointment marks a return to the Netherlands, where he was as the head of presentation at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from 1993–2005. Blühm has also worked at the Museum of Art and Cultural History of the Hansestadt in Lübeck, Germany, and at Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regensburg, Germany.
Blühm succeeds Kees van Twist, who resigned earlier this year amid rumors of financial difficulties at the Groninger. The nearly 120-year-old museum boasts a varied collection with a notable selection of modern and contemporary art.
A specialist in 19th century art, Blühm's tenure at the Groninger begins Sept. 3.