Dr. Martin Hentschel, born in 1951 in Haltern am See, has been director of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld (Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Haus Lange and Haus Esters) since 2001.
In 1970 Hentschel began studying to become an art teacher at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was a student of Prof. Joseph Beuys and Prof. Erwin Heerich. In 1974 he joined one of the master classes. Having passed the first state examination in philology in 1977, and the second in 1980, Hentschel taught at high schools in Düsseldorf while concurrently studying art history and philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum. He obtained his PhD in 1991 with a thesis on Sigmar Polke. From 1990 to 1991 he was a research assistant at the Weserburg in Bremen, working on the development of the new museum, before being appointed exhibitions curator at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main in November 1991. From 1994 to 2000 he was director of the Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart.
Between 1985 and 1990 Hentschel was a correspondent for the art journals NIKE (Munich) and Artforum (New York). He has also held lecturing posts at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (State Academy of Fine Arts) in Frankfurt (1992), Stichting Ateliers 63 in Amsterdam (1998) and at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art, Tel Aviv (2003).Since 1985 he has published numerous essays on contemporary art, above all monographic studies on the work of artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Eric Dietman, Eric Fischl, Philip Guston, Andreas Gursky, Herbert Hamak, Leni Hoffmann, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Fabian Marcaccio, Tracey Moffatt, Richard Allen Morris, Norbert Prangenberg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Thomas Schütte, Kiki Smith, Sam Taylor-Wood, Bill Viola and John Wesley.