Dagmar Korbacher to become the new Director of the Kupferstichkabinett


On 1 November 2018, art historian Dr Dagmar Korbacher will become the new Director of the Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. This was the decision of the board of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz at yesterday’s meeting. She takes over the reins from Holm Bevers, who had been Acting Director since May 2017, and from Heinrich Schulze Altcappenberg, who was Director of the Kupferstichkabinett between 2002 and 2017. Dagmar Korbacher will be the first woman to head up the Kupferstichkabinett.

Dagmar Korbacher studied art history, Italian literature and classical archaeology in Eichstätt and Milan, and received her PhD in 2005. After stints at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg and the Christie’s auction house in Amsterdam, she has been working at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin since 2010 as an academic consultant to the Kupferstichkabinett on pre-1800 Italian, French and Spanish art. In this role, she has been behind a number of highly popular exhibitions, such as those on eighteenth-century picture series On the Edge of Reason (2012), on Botticelli’s illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and on the treasures of the Hamilton Collection (2015 in Berlin, 2016 at the Courtauld Gallery, London).

“I am so happy to have secured in Dagmar Korbacher a colleague with such outstanding expertise to lead our world-famous collection of printed and graphic works”, said Michael Eissenhauer, Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. “As a long-time employee of the Kupferstichkabinett, she knows the collection intimately, and has outstanding international connections. My thanks also go to Holm Bevers, who will continue to lead the Kupferstichkabinett until 31 October 2018 as Acting Director.

Dagmar Korbacher: “I am delighted to take on this task. It is an honour to lead this peerless museum into the future, with its endless wealth of images. We want to open ourselves up more to the public, and win over younger visitors for the multifaceted world of art on paper.”


Founded in 1831, the Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is the largest museum of graphic arts in Germany, and is among the four most important institutions of its kind in the world. Its collection boasts some 650,000 works of drawing and printmaking from all schools, illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books, as well as other works of art from the Middle Ages right through to the present day. The collection covers a period spanning approximately 1000 years of European – and more recently global – art, cultural and visual history.