Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Kathrin Grün Leaves for the Museum Reinhard Ernst

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The communications and public relations lead at Frankfurt is taking a position with Wiesbaden’s new Museum Reinhard Ernst.

Conceptual rendering of Museum Reinhard Ernst in Wiesbaden. Image: MRE

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Boos: ‘A Decisive Contribution’ to Frankfurt’s Success
In an announcement today, our colleagues at Frankfurter Buchmesse have made it official that Kathrin Grün, the trade show’s chief of public relations and communications, is departing for a role in the same capacity with the new Museum Reinhard Ernst in Wiesbaden.

In a prepared statement, she says, “I’m very grateful for 13 eventful years at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

“Many people are involved in the success of the book fair. I’d like to thank all my team for their motivated cooperation and, of course, Juergen Boos and all my colleagues.

Kathrin Grun

Boos, Frankfurt’s president and CEO, says: “I’d like to thank Kathrin Grün for her great work and trusting cooperation over the past years.

“With her expertise, her extraordinary commitment and her large international network, she has made a decisive contribution to the success of Frankfurter Buchmesse.

“We are very sorry to lose her, as an employee and as a colleague, and we wish her all the best. We are currently holding final talks on a succession plan, which we will announce soon.”

Juergen Boos

In the interim, Ines Bachor is handling coordination of the public relations and communications unit at Frankfurt. Svenja Pütz joined the team as social media manager in August.

More members of the department are Kathrin Ankermüller, Katrin Hage, and Frank Krings. Tina Pfeifer is to return from parental leave in January. Press contacts in the United Kingdom and United States remain Alex Hippisley-Cox, (London) and Erin Cox (New York), respectively.

Museum Reinhard Ernst

Conceptual rendering of Museum Reinhard Ernst in Wiesbaden. Image: MRE

Museum Reinhard Ernst is being built at Wiesbaden’s Wilhelmstraße and Rheinstraße as a new home to the Ernst collection, centered on abstract art. The venue is part of a cultural axis that includes the Literaturhaus Villa Clementine, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Caligeri Filmbühne, and Kurhaus Wiesbaden, adjacent to the Museum Wiesbaden.

The new museum has been designed by Pritzker-winner Fumihiko Maki, the architect behind $ World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York City; Tokyo’s Spiral Building; and the Aga Khan Museum facility in Toronto. The Frankfurt-based architectural firm Schneider + Schumacher is in charge of the project.

Information about the collection at the core of the new museum’s development is here.

And just as Grün has her first day today in her new role, Frankfurt has offered a video from October’s 74the edition of the tradeshow, which drew 93,000 trade visitors and 87,000 members of the public, as we inaugurated the Publishing Perspectives Forum.

More on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on this year’s Guest of Honor Spain is here, and more on international book fairs is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.