Thomas Girst, born in 1971, studied Art History, American Studies and Modern German Literature at the University of Hamburg and New York University. A former taz correspondent, he has managed the international cultural engagement of the BMW Group since 2003. In 2016 he was named "European Cultural Manager of the Year." Most recently publications: The Duchamp Dictionary (2014), Art, Literature, and the Japanese American Internment (2015) and 100 Secrets of the Art World (2015). He lives in Munich.