Since 2008, as Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Michael Eissenhauer has been responsible for the largest network of museums in Germany, comprising 15 collections and four institutes.
Born in 1956 in Stuttgart, Michael Eissenhauer studied in Tübingen and Hamburg. After obtaining a doctorate in art history, he initially held positions at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg and the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. From 1995 to 2001 he headed the Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg in Bavaria. From 2001 to 2008 he was director of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (formerly the Staatliche Museen Kassel), a group of institutions which underwent considerable restructuring and renovations under his supervision. While president of the Deutscher Museumsbund from 2003 to 2009, he also represented the interests of more than 6,000 museums in Germany.