Bert Bilzer

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Bert Bilzer (born August 13, 1913 in Bautzen , † December 16, 1980 in Braunschweig ) was a German art historian and director of the Braunschweig Municipal Museum from 1953 to 1977 .


Bilzer was the son of a hotelier and innkeeper from Stefanshöh and attended secondary school in Bischofswerda . From April 2 to September 2, 1936, he first studied theology at the University of Rostock with the aim of taking his state examination there and then taking on a pastor's office. He then changed universities and studied art history, archeology, history and prehistory at the universities in Leipzig and Breslau . After completing his doctorate , he worked as a volunteer at the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden from 1939 to 1940 . After working as an assistant at the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in 1945 and 1946, Bilzer became custodian at the Städtisches Museum in Braunschweig in 1946 and took over its management in 1953. He shaped the development of the collection in the post-war period. Shortly before his retirement in 1977, he was able to complete the extensive renovation of the museum in 1976. Bilzer headed the cultural office of the city of Braunschweig for more than ten years.

Works (selection)

The renowned art historian and numismatist published the “Braunschweiger Werkstücke” (series B), the “Work reports from the municipal museum” and the “Miszellen”.

  • Bert Bilzer, Jürgen Eyssen, Otto Stelzer (eds.): The great book of art. Illustrated book, art history, lexicon (architecture, sculpture, painting, graphics, handicrafts). Westermann, Braunschweig 1958, OCLC 463481651 .
  • Bert Bilzer (Ed.): The great book of painting. Masterpieces from 30 famous galleries. Westermann, Braunschweig 1960, OCLC 633588230 .
  • Bert Bilzer, Städtisches Museum Braunschweig (ed.): The Städtisches Museum Braunschweig. in: Museum of Cultural History in Germany. Volume 6. Cram, de Gruyter, Hamburg 1968, OCLC 8700930 .
  • Bert Bilzer (Hrsg.): Guide through the exhibition picture gallery. in: Working reports from the Braunschweig Municipal Museum. 18. Städtisches Museum, Braunschweig 1971, DNB 720256844 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Summer semester 1936, No. 1863 - Matriculation of Herbert Bilzer at, accessed on September 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Farewell to Dr. Bert Bilzer ( Memento from March 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 264 kB) on, accessed on September 17, 2013.