Michael Eissenhauer
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Michael Eissenhauer
Michael Eissenhauer in the Gemäldegalerie

Michael Eissenhauer (born November 28, 1956 in Stuttgart) is a German art historian and director-general of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


After gaining his Abitur (school-leaving certificate) in 1975, Michael Eissenhauer completed two years of training as a cabinetmaker before going on to study art history, classical archaeology and German literature in Tübingen and Hamburg. He received both a master's degree (1983) and a PhD (1985) from the University of Hamburg. After working as a research trainee at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg (1987-1989), he became a researcher at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (1989-1990), returning to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum as a curator from 1991 to 1995.[1]

From 1995 to 2001 he was director of the Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, and then, until 2008, director of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel,[1][2] which was restructured and considerably expanded under his leadership.[3]

From 2002 to 2007, Michael Eissenhauer was a member of the Committee of ICOM Deutschland and from 2003 to 2010, president of the Deutscher Museumsbundes. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Commission for Arts and Culture of the Federal Foreign Office,[4] of the board of trustees of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain[5] as well as of the programme commission of the Martin-Gropius-Bau.[4]

In December 2007, the Board of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz appointed Michael Eissenhauer to succeed Peter-Klaus Schuster as director-general of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. He officially assumed this position on 31 October 2008.[3][6] On 1 August 2016 he also took over the post of director of the Gemäldegalerie and Skulpturensammlung at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.[7] During his tenure, on the one hand, he is perceived as a "cultural manager",[8] but on the other hand, it has been repeatedly stated that the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin need "a creative manager, not an administrator".[9]

Since the winter semester of 2012/2013, Michael Eissenhauer has been teaching at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte (IKB) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.[10] The university made him an honorary professor in 2016.[11]

Major works

  • Die Hamburger Wohnstiftungen des 19. Jahrhunderts : "Ein Denkmal, welches theilnehmende Liebe gestiftet hat ..." (in German), Hamburg: Christians, 1987, ISBN 3-7672-1010-X
  • "Das Humboldt-Forum im Schloss: Konzept und Ansatz", Museumskunde (in German), Berlin, 75 (2), pp. 20-24, 2010, ISSN 0027-4178
  • Eissenhauer, Michael, ed. (2019), Gemäldegalerie: 200 Masterpieces of European Painting, Leipzig: E.A. Seemann Henschel, ISBN 978-3-86502-416-9

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