Reto Thüring joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2012. He is responsible for overseeing the museum’s collection of contemporary artwork and the programming of exhibitions at the museum and the Transformer Station.
Thüring obtained a PhD in art history from the University of Basel in 2011 with a dissertation on Venetian portraiture of the 16th century. Since 2004, Thüring’s primary focus has been working with contemporary art and artists as a curator, editor, and art critic. In 2007 he co-founded the association Kunstwollen. In 2008 he joined the exhibition committee of the Kunstraum Riehen where he curated the group exhibitions Tracing Reality (2009), Chasing Dreams (2010), and one-person exhibitions with Emilie Ding, Karin Hueber, Boris Rebetez, and Bernhard Hegglin (2011/2012). He also curated a solo exhibition with works by Josse Bailly (2011), the group show Wall Floor Piece at the Von Bartha Garage (2011), and co-curated the group exhibition If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six sharpening my axe (2012). Recent projects at the Cleveland Museum of Art include installations and solo exhibitions with Martin Creed, Fred Wilson, Janet Cardiff, Ai Weiwei, Damián Ortega, and the group show The Unicorn at Transformer Station.