Dr Justin Hoffmann, born in 1955 in Cham (Oberpfalz, Bavaria), has been director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg since 2004.
Following his studies of art education, modern history, communication science and art history, he completed his doctorate under Professor Uwe M. Schneede in Munich. He has been a curator since 1988, and in the 1990s he worked for several institutions, including Kunstraum München (Munich) and Shedhalle Zürich (Zurich), and was also a curator at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna) between 2000 and 2000. Since the mid 1980s, Hoffmann has written critical essays and articles for newspapers such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung and for specialist art magazines, including Kunstforum International, artforum, Kunst-Bulletin, springerin and frieze. Following a series of lecturing positions, including lectures for the Freie Klasse at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, (now UdK, Berlin University of the Arts), the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and the Merz Akademie Stuttgart, he was a guest professor at the Kunstuniversität Linz from 2003/2004.
Hoffmann is one of the founding members of the music group FSK, “Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle,” set up in 1980. The eleventh album by the band, which emerged from a scene closely connected to the Munich underground magazine “Mode & Verzweiflung” that included the author Thomas Meinecke, the artist Michaela Melián and the photographer Wilfried Petzi, was released in 2003. In 1999, Hoffmann published a reader called “Das Phantom sucht seinen Mörder. Ein Reader zur Kulturalisierung der Ökonomie” in collaboration with Marion von Osten. His interest in the political role of popular culture and the production conditions in cultural institutions and projects is also reflected in the current programme at the Kunstverein Wolfsburg.