On 10 February 2016, Michael Eissenhauer, Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, was appointed honorary professor at the Institute of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU).
By awarding the honorary professorship, the faculty of specialists in cultural, social, and visual sciences is paying tribute both to Eissenhauer's outstanding achievements in the field of art history and his long teaching career. Eissenhauer's appointment to the faculty reinforces the traditionally close ties that the Staatliche Museen and the HU have enjoyed over the centuries. It is also an expression of the enduring cooperation of both institutions in the area of scientific research and teaching, as well as in various DFG-sponsored 'Clusters of Excellence' or advanced research groups.
Michael Eissenhauer took up the post of Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in October 2008. He is also due to take over the directorship of the Staatliche Museen's Gemäldegalerie and Skulpturensammlung later this year, on 1 August 2016. Before his time as Director-General of the Staatliche Museen, Eissenhauer was director of Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel and before that director of the Veste Coburg.