Aurel Thurn, born in Hamburg in 1969, graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and works today as a cultural manager in the visual and performing arts. In 2017 he was managing the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim as the vice director of the city's department for cultural affairs and in 2016 the festival of the Bayerische Theatertage for the Theater Regensburg. Until 2014 he worked as a project manager for Urbane Künste Ruhr being responsible for Archipel Invest (KUNSTrePUBLIK), B1/A40 (MAP), Das Detroit Projekt(Schauspielhaus Bochum), and Die 54.Stadt (Ringlokschuppen Mülheim). As producton manager and artistic advisor he collaborated with the Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg (TAK) and with NOFOURTHWALL, Berlin.
Between 2007 and 2012 he was in charge of the productions "Der kommende Aufstand nach Schiller" and the "World Freud Center" - "Dr. Fruit and the Vegetables" for andcompany&Co., Berlin, and worked for the contemporary art institution Artneuland, Berlin, as well as the Salzburg based dance company cieLaroque/helene weinzierl.
In 2004/2005 he collaborated with the international dance company Constanza Macra-Dorkypark as production and tour manager for the creations MIR 3, Scratch Neukölln, Back to the Present and Big in Bombay. The works were represented in international theaters such as, inter alia, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, the Sophiensaele, and the HAU in Berlin, the Festival d'Avignon, Lille 2004, the Goethe Institutes in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, and the Festival Drodesera Italy. In addition various projects were developed since 2005 and links were established with different performers, choreographers and directors such as Joanna Dudley, Friedrich Liechtenstein, Mikel Aristegui, Michael d'Auzon, and Pedro Kadivar, often intervening in public space. (Pergamon Museum, Berlin, various churches).
In 2001, in the field of fine arts, Aurel Thurn has created his own structure. Responsible for distribution and sale of works by international artists, he has made exhibitions in Paris, Nantes, Hamburg and Berlin.
Since 1997 he has been engaged as production and administration manager in different fields of contemporary art in Paris, Hamburg and since 2003 in Berlin.
Aurel Thurn manages marketing, fundraising and sponsorship, the control of budgets, the implementation of applications for national and international public funding.
Throughout his career Aurel Thurn wrote and published in several art magazines in France and Germany (sleek, Area magazines).