Thomas Geisler
Thomas Geisler/BIO26

Thomas Geisler

Curator, author and director of Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden

Thomas Geisler has been Director of the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Dresden State Art Collections since 2019. Prior to that, he was managing director of Werkraum Bregenzerwald, an initiative of regional craft businesses in Vorarlberg/Austria, which operate an exhibition building on innovative crafts, design and architecture. He distinguished himself as an exhibition organizer and author on topics of contemporary design and everyday culture. From 2010 to 2016 he was curator and director of the Design Collection at the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna. Active in teaching and research, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Together with Tulga Beyerle and Lilli Hollein he founded the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, which he initiated with his master thesis (title: designale - Grundlagenanalyse und Konzept für ein Designfestival in Wien). Until 2010 he was jointly responsible for the programme. He also curated contributions to the Vienna Biennale and London Design Biennale. In 2019 he was responsible for the 26th International Design Biennale in Ljubljana BIO26| Common Knowledge. He is on international committees and juries, was co-responsible for the founding of Austria Design Net and is on the board of the Vienna Design Office - Verein Neigungsgruppe Design.

Thomas Geisler
Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden
Schloss Pillnitz, August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2
01326 Dresden