Professor Eugen Blume, born in Bitterfeld in 1951, is curator and art historian.
From 1972 to 1974, Blume studied pedagogy in Erfurt, specializing in German and art education. He worked in the field of theatre in Leipzig from 1974 to 1976. Following this, he completed his studies of art history, archaeology, aesthetics, and cultural science (1976-1981) at the Humboldt University with a thesis on Joseph Beuys’ definition of art. Blume has worked for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin since 1981. He began as a research assistant in the Kupferstichkabinett, then worked from 1990 in the Sammlung der Zeichnungen der Nationalgalerie, and finally in the combined Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In 1993 he did his PhD on the subject of Ludwig Justi and the Museum der Gegenwart in der Nationalgalerie during 1919 and 1933.
Since 1993, Blume has been responsible for setting up the Joseph Beuys Media Archive. In 1995, he moved to the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin where he has been director from 2001 to 2016. Over the past years he has also held a series of different teaching posts at the art academies Kunsthochschule Dresden and Kunsthochschule Stuttgart, the Academy for art and design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle and the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.