Achim Borchardt-Hume a German art curator and the Director of Exhibitions at Tate is being reported to have passed away this week, early November as per a statement by Tate.
The German-born Borchardt-Hume holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Theory from Essex University on art and politics in Fascist Italy. He was a Curator of Modern and Contemporary art at Tate Modern from 2005-2009 where he curated several exhibitions including Rothko (2008) and Albers and Moholy-Nagy (2006). Prior to this, he also held the position of Exhibition Organizer at the Serpentine Gallery and of Acting Head of the Barbican Art Gallery. In 2012, Borchardt-Hume organized Gerhard Richter’s first exhibition in Lebanon at the Beirut Art Center.
Achim Borchardt-Hume Death & Cause
Tate, an Art gallery in the UK where he worked as a director wrote a statement confirming his death that reads, “We are heartbroken this week by the death of Achim Borchardt-Hume, our Director of Exhibitions and Programmes at Tate Modern—an inspirational figure, beloved colleague, and a close friend to so many of us across Tate.
Achim leaves behind an extraordinary legacy, not just at Tate Modern, but across the international art world. During his many years at Tate, Achim curated exhibitions by Doris Salcedo, Mark Rothko, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Anni Albers, Steve McQueen, and more recently The Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi and The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin, of which he was incredibly proud.
Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ sat centre stage, in a space made to feel like you were walking through the artist’s studio. As Achim said: ‘I think it’s important that exhibitions give you a clear sense of positions, of ideas, of stories… One of the interesting things is how can you actually make an exhibition where you feel you come close to the artist as a human being.’
It’s hard to imagine Tate Modern without Achim. He was incredibly passionate about his work but also cared deeply about Tate and his colleagues, which came across in his role as Director Champion of Tate’s staff BAME Network. His wisdom, generosity, and humour will be greatly missed.
In the wake of this news, we are focused on looking after our colleagues. Our thoughts are with Achim’s family at this time.
Auguste Rodin, The Thinker 1903, Albertinum/ Skulpturensammlung, Purchased at the Art Exhibition, Dresden, 1904.”