Prior to his appointment as Director of the Centre for Icelandic Art in March 2010, Dorotheé Kirch (b. 1974 – German) worked as a freelance curator and cultural worker. Her projects include exhibitions, events and documentary works, all in the visual arts field. She lived in New York and Berlin before returning to Reykjavik in 2010. Dorotheé completed a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts at Iceland's Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 and an MBA from Reykjavik University in 2005.

In her work in both the Icelandic and international art environments, she has performed various functions, and she has extensive knowledge and many contacts in the field, especially in Europe and the United States. She has worked for galleries in Iceland and the United States, but in recent years her focus has been curatorial work.

Her latest projects include the setup of "Experiment Marathon Reykjavik" curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ólafur Elíasson and "Of This and Other Worlds: Einar Thorlaksson and Gabriela Fridriksdottir", an exhibition at the Arnesinga Art Museum in Iceland. She is currently working on a documentary project with and about the artist Hreinn Fridfinsson together with Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir and Markús T Andrésson. Together with Andrésson, in 2009, she curated the Icelandic Pavillion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.