Herwig Guratzsch

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Herwig Guratzsch (born May 21, 1944 in Dresden ) is a German art historian.


Herwig Guratzsch was born as the son of the writer and teacher Curt Guratzsch (1891–1965). He studied Protestant theology and philosophy at the University of Rostock . He was imprisoned for two years and two months in the German Democratic Republic . The East Berlin lawyer Wolfgang Vogel and the West Berlin lawyer Jürgen Stange brokered the release of prisoners . Guratzsch was able to move to the Federal Republic of Germany. He studied art history at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . With a doctoral thesis on Dutch painting of the 17th century, he was awarded a Dr. phil. PhD. From 1976 he received a two-year scholarship from the Bavarian State at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. From 1978 to 1993 he headed the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hanover. Under his direction it became the German Museum for Caricature and Critical Graphics. From 1993 to 1999 he was director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig . During this time he had to move the museum out of the Reichsgericht into an interim (exhibition center) and set the course for the new building on Sachsenplatz of the museum. In 1999 he took over the chairmanship of the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Foundation at Gottorf Castle. The most important projects of his tenure at Gottorf Castle are undoubtedly the reconstructions of the Gottorf giant globe and the baroque Neuwerkgarten . When he retired at the end of May 2009 , he curated the exhibition Fixed Stars - 100 Years of Art on Paper . In 2011, Prime Minister Peter Harry Carstensen awarded him the Order of Merit of the State of Schleswig-Holstein for his services . He is a legal knight of the Order of St. John (Hannoversche Genossenschaft) and a member of the Goethe Institute .


  • The raising of Lazarus in Dutch painting Art from 1400 to 1700. Iconography Iconology , 2 vols. Van Ghemmert, Kortrijk 1980.
  • with Rainer Meyer: Armin Müller-Stahl - work monograph, painting and drawings . Edited by Frank Thomas Gaulin. Ed. Braus, Berlin 2011.


  • Expressionism and madness. Edited by Thomas Röske. Prestel, Munich 2003.
  • Eduard Beaucamp: Werner Tübke : Master sheets. Prestel, Munich 2004.
  • The new Gottorf globe . Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig 2005, ISBN 3-7338-0328-0 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wilhelm-Busch-Gesellschaft: Wilhelm-Busch-Jahrbuch , 1978, p. 104 ( limited preview in the Google book search).
  2. Dr. Herwig Guratzsch (* 1944) ( Memento of the original from February 4, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Chronicle of the Wilhelm-Busch-Gesellschaft , website of the Wilhelm-Busch-Museum, accessed on February 5, 2012.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.karierter-museum.de
  3. AsKI
  4. Castle and garden in good order (Die Welt)
  5. State government of Schleswig-Holstein ( Memento from February 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Goethe Institute