Dr Markus Heinzelmann, born in 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, is director of the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen.
Heinzelmann studied art history, politics, medieval and modern history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) in Münster in Westphalia, obtaining his PhD in 1997 with a thesis on “Die Landschaftsmalerei der Neuen Sachlichkeit und ihre Rezeption zur Zeit des Nationalsozialismus” (Neue Sachlichkeit landscape painting and its reception during the Nazi period). Between 1996 and 1999 he worked at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, where he curated the exhibitions “Das grosse Dadagluten. Die Sammlung Ernst Schwitters”, “Interventionen 14: Atelier van Lieshout – Modulare Multi-Frauen-Betten” and “Emil Nolde und die Sammlung Sprengel. Geschichte einer Freundschaft”.
Between 1999 and 2006 Markus Heinzelmann was project manager in the visual arts division of the Siemens Arts Program in Munich and was responsible for numerous collaborative exhibition projects with public institutions. The Siemens Arts Program pursues an initiative- and cooperation-based approach aimed at furthering experimental, discursive and socially relevant projects in the realm of contemporary art. In this context Heinzelmann curated various exhibitions, including “Plug-In. Unity and Mobility“ at the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, in 2001; “Auf eigene Gefahr” at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, in 2003; “Gegen den Strich. Neue Formen der Zeichnung” at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in 2004; and “Rückkehr ins All” at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 2005.
Since 2006 Heinzelmann has been director of the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen where his exhibitions to date have been “Personal Affairs. New Forms of Intimacy” (2006/2007) and “The Photographer’s Contract” (2007). Markus Heinzelmann has published numerous essays and catalogue texts on contemporary art, media history, photography and Classical Modernism. His dissertation was published in 1998 by the Verlag Peter Lang (Frankfurt am Main and other places).