Julia Friedrich has been the director of collections at the Jewish Museum Berlin since March 2022. She is responsible for all the collections with their very different specialty areas: fine arts, photography, audio-visual media, the Jewish Object, and the holdings in the archive and the library.
Friedrich’s competence covers maintenance and management, presentation, and expansion of the collections, as well as digitalization and digital use of the holdings, and provenance research.
She had previously spent eighteen years at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Starting as a trainee there, she then served as head of the Graphic Arts Collection from 2006 to 2022. She also managed the Haubrich Collection. Friedrich has curated numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, including ones on Otto Freundlich (2017 Special Exhibition of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA Germany), Jo Baer, and the exile researcher and filmmaker Günter Peter Straschek. In 2021–22, the Museum Ludwig presented her exhibition Picasso Shared and Divided: The Artist and His Image in East and West Germany.
Julia Friedrich studied art history at the Free University of Berlin and Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam. She received her doctorate in 2008 at the University of Hamburg for her work on Gerhard Richter’s Gray Pictures. She has published numerous works dealing with artists and the social function of art. One of her research focuses was on art policies and collection practices in postwar Germany.