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New curators join Tate Liverpool as the city celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture

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As Liverpool celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture 2008, Tate Liverpool is delighted to welcome two new international curators to the Exhibitions team. These appointments strengthen the curatorial team and assist with the planning and delivery of Tate Liverpool exhibitions for 2008, 2009 and beyond. Peter Gorschlüter has taken up the position of Head of Exhibitions and Displays, and joins Sook-Kyung Lee, who, in October, took up the position of Exhibition and Displays Curator.

Born in Mainz, Germany, Peter Gorschlüter joins Tate Liverpool from the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, where he worked as Curator and Deputy Director from 2002–2007. In his time at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf he curated a number of exhibitions and projects including düsseldorf sounds (2007), a festival of Art and Music from Düsseldorf and Back to Concrete – The Early German Punk and New Wave Movement (2002). Prior to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Peter Gorschlüter managed a project and exhibition space in Karlsruhe from 2001 to 2002, worked as Gallery Associate at Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe from 1999 to 2001 and contributed to the 1996 and 1998 Bonner Biennale – a festival of contemporary drama in Bonn. In 2005 Peter co-founded Passenger Books, a publishing house whose titles include books by artists such as David Shrigley, Simon Lewis, Wilhelm Hein. Peter will work alongside Tate Liverpool Director Christoph Grunenberg to lead the artistic programme of the Gallery.

Recently described by The Observer as one of “the art world’s new pioneers”, Korean curator Sook-Kyung Lee has joined Tate Liverpool from King’s Lynn Arts Centre where she was Curatorial Fellow in Cultural Diversity. While at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre, Sook-Kyung Lee curated Liu Jianhua: Regular/Fragile, Julian Opie in the 90s and Kira Kim: A Palace of Mirages. In 2007 she also curated,Fresh Interventions, a series of site-specific commissions at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk. Born in Korea, Sook-Kyung Lee moved to the UK in 1996 to study for a Masters in Art Criticism and PhD in Art History and Theory. Prior to this she was Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. While in the UK, she has undertaken a number of roles as a curator, lecturer and arts writer. Since 2003 Sook-Kyung has been working as a visiting Lecturer for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and for a number of years has been British Correspondent for a variety of international art publications. Sook-Kyung will join fellow-curator Laurence Sillars to design and deliver Tate Liverpool exhibitions. Sook-Kyung is also assigned to advise the Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee, an international art collections initiative that is set up to include important global developments in the visual arts and to broaden and strengthen Tate’s collecting activities.

Speaking of the recent appointments Christoph Grunenberg, Director of Tate Liverpool said:

I am delighted to welcome both Peter and Sook-Kyung to the Tate Liverpool team. Their appointments strengthen the existing curatorial department and bring an international dimension to the artistic programme. They each bring their own expertise and specialist knowledge, which we will look to draw on in future projects.

It is an exciting time for them to join the Gallery, as the city celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture 2008. It is also important to us to develop an exhibition programme for 2009 and beyond that is as strong as that on offer over the past years. Peter and Sook-Kyung will be a vital part of this. I look forward to working with them.