Michael Schwarz (art historian)

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Michael Schwarz (2018)

Michael Schwarz (born January 14, 1940 in Greifswald ; † January 4, 2021 in Braunschweig ) was a German art historian .


Michael Schwarz grew up in the small Pomeranian town of Lassan on the Peenestrom . For his Abitur he went to Anklam at the extended high school "Geschwister Scholl", today's Lilienthal-Gymnasium Anklam . After finishing school he came to the FRG as a recognized refugee from the republic .

Michael Schwarz studied art history, classical archeology and journalism at the universities in Munich , Vienna and Münster . In Munster, he was in 1966 with the issue of Georg Raphael Donner - categories of sculpture in Günther Fiensch doctorate . After a traineeship at the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg and a Lichtwark assistant at the Hamburger Kunsthalle , he was managing director of the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe from 1974 to 1982 .

From 1983 he took over a professorship for modern art history at the University of Fine Arts Braunschweig , where he was rector from 1987 to 1989 and president from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. From 1997 to 2001 he held the office of spokesman for the rectors' conference of the German art schools . From 2006 to 2014, Schwarz was chairman of the Museum für Photographie Association in Braunschweig. From 2014, together with Daniel Hausig and Bettina Pelz (until 2016), he developed the international research network for LIFA (Light in Fine Arts) based at the Saar College of Fine Arts .

Schwarz was the author and editor of numerous books on contemporary art . He was considered a specialist in land art , light art and installation art . He worked on a voluntary basis in various art advisory boards, boards of trustees and boards.

Michael Schwarz lived in Braunschweig and Audierne in the Finistère department on the French Atlantic coast. He died in January 2021, a few days before his 81st birthday.


  • Georg Raphael Donner. Categories of sculpture , Wilhelm Fink, Munich 1968
  • Jochen Gerz. Photo / texts, The French Wall & Stück , Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 1975
  • Ed. Artist series. Kunstforum international Vol. 28, 4/1978
  • Christian Boltanski. Reconstitution , Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 1978
  • with Andreas Franzke (Ed.), Antoni Tàpies. Werk und Zeit , Hatje, Stuttgart 1979
  • with Helmut Goettle and Wolfgang Hartmann (eds.), Karl Hubbuch 1891–1979 , Prestel, Munich 1981
  • Felix Droese. I killed Anne Frank , Fischer, Frankfurt am Main in 1988
  • Edited together with Gerhard Pfennig, The Future of Pictures , Steidl, Göttingen 1993
  • The installation. History and typology of spatial art , Leporello Verlag, Braunschweig 1994
  • Ed., Light and Space. Electric light in 20th century art , Wienand, Cologne 1998
  • Ed. Describe - z. B. an art college . Yearbook of the University of Fine Arts, Vol. 3, Braunschweig 1999
  • James Turrell. Slow dissolve. Immaterial images in the viewer's space of experience , contributions to the vol. 1 collection, Sprengel Museum, Hanover 2002
  • Ed. Lienhard von Monkiewitsch , Farbe und Raum / Color and Space , Kerber, Bielfeld 2006
  • Raimund Kummer , on site . Contemporary Art from Lower Saxony Vol. 61, Hanover 2006
  • Ed. Klaus Stümpel, Tiefschlaf im Segelflug, deep sleep and gliding, Kerber , Bielefeld, 2014
  • Ed. Peter Tuma - On the way. Work 1999 to 2019 / En Route. Works from 1999 to 2019 , Kerber Verlag, Berlin 2020


  • The geometry is a monster, i n: exh. Telephone drawings by Franz Eggenschwieler, Alfonso Hüppi and Dieter Roth, edited by Michael Schwarz. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 1980, pp. 54–59.
  • Cut sheet - Notes on the Greek pieces and the Kulchur Pieces by Jochen Gerz, in: Exh. Cat Jochen Gerz. Greek Pieces and Kulchur Pieces. Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen 1984, pp. 8–21.
  • Felix Droese: Stations of the Cross . In: exhib. From here: 2 months of new German art in Düsseldorf, ed. by Kaspar König, Düsseldorf 1984, pp. 75–78.
  • Art in Berlin since 1977 , in: Exh. Kat.BerlinArt 1961 - 1987, edited by Kynaston McShine. The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1987, pp. 79-90.
  • • staged photography. Correct position of reality . In: exhib. Cat. The medium of photography is entitled to give food for thought. The FC Gundlach Collection, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg 1989, pp. 12–16.
  • Spaces of experience. Experience Spaces , in: Daidalos. Architektur, Kunst, Kultur Vol. 41, September 1991, pp. 64–75.
  • The disappearance of the picture in the picture. Notes on the ›Theaters‹ by Hiroshi Sugimoto , in: Bildersrechen, ed. from the group ›Gemeinschaftspraxis‹, Cologne 2003, pp. 215–222.
  • A brief history of light art in public spaces. In: Stadtlicht / Lichtkunst. A project of the Urban Building Culture Initiative of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, edited by Christoph Brockhaus, Cologne 2004, pp. 42–53.
  • The collection of the Center for International Light Art in the Mirror of Art of the 20th Century, in: Center for International Light Art Unna. Die Sammlung, Cologne 2004, pp. 32–39.
  • Johannes Brus - The studio as a Chinese Encyclopedia / The studio as a Chinese Encyclopedia , in: Johannes Brus - The whole iceberg, ed. by Klaus Gallwitz, Arp Museum Rolandseck, Düsseldorf 2007, pp. 78–87.
  • A museum lights up. A brief history of light art since 1960 with special consideration of the works in the Robert Simon Collection , in: At night. Light art in the Robert Simon Collection, Kunstmuseum Celle with the Robert Simon Collection, Celle 2010, pp. 10–20.
  • Thomas Virnich - Paradise there and back , in: Thomas Virnich - Paradise there and back, ed. by Michael Brandt and Gerd Winner, Regensburg 2011, pp. 7–12.
  • The art of finding a life enriched by crises and disasters , in: Edmund Kuppel. Projections 1970 - 2010. Sprawling fields of vision, ed. by Peter Weibel, ZKM ❘ Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe 2011, pp. 26–29.
  • Brigitte Kowanz: In the Mirror of the Light - the viewer / In the Mirror of the Light - The Beholder , in: Ausst.Kat. Brigitte Kowanz - Think outside the box, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch 2011/12, pp. 11-19.
  • Brigitte Kowanz: speed of light 11.5 m / sec / speed of light 11.5 m / sec; Mischa Kuball: Bad - Bad; James Turrell: Third Breath , in: Center for International Light Art Unna (Ed.): Die Essenz des Lichts / The Essence of Light, Wienand Verlag, Cologne 2013, p. 36–43, p. 84–91, p. 116– 123.
  • Klaus Stümpel: Mon pauvre cœur est un hibou, in: Klaus Stümpel, Tiefschlaf im Segelflug / Deep Sleep and Gliding, ed. by Michael Schwarz, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2014, pp. 22–26.
  • I SEE NNOVATION_PARTIZIPATION_LIGHT. Light art in the 21st century . INNOVATION_PARTICIPATION_SEEING THE LIGHT. Light Art in the 21st Century, in: Exh. Cat. Headlights. Light art in Germany in the 21st century. Kunstmuseum Celle with the Robert Simon Collection, Celle 2015, pp. 37–49.
  • Metameric colors. About the specifics of location and perception, light as a material and the loneliness of the artists on nightly hikes . Daniel Hausig in conversation with Michael Schwarz, in: Exh. Cat. Daniel Hausig - Metameric Colors, Saarländische Galerie, Berlin 2017, pp. 9–27.
  • Mischa Kuball - Public Preposition , in: Art Light. Quarterly Magazine for Light as a Medium in the Arts 2017/2, 5–9.
  • Raimund Kummer - Nóstos álgos , in: Art Light. Quarterly Magazine for Light as a Medium in the Arts 2017/5, pp. 26-29.
  • molitor & kuzmin - Extension - Model 1: 1, in: Art Light. Quarterly Magazine for Light as a Medium in the Arts 2018/7, pp. 27-29.
  • Christoph Dahlhausen - Space, Sculpture and Light / Space, Sculpture and Light, in: Exh. Cat. Christoph Dahlhausen. Lichtblicke, Kunstmuseum Ahlen 2018, pp. 5–9, 31–36.
  • Daniel Hausig - About spatial reference, luminescence and the role of the viewer. Daniel Hausig - On Spatial Reference, Luminescence, and the Role of the Viewer , in: Daniel Hausig, Dynamic Light, Kerber Verlag, Berlin 2019, pp. 53–59.
  • Peter Tuma, Tepco's Garden or the Truth in Painting / Peter Tuma, Tepco's Garden, or the Truth of Painting , in: Exh. Cat. Peter Tuma - On the way. Work 1999 to 2019 / Peter Tuma - En Route. Works from 1999 to 2019, Kerber Verlag, Berlin 2020, pp. 66–75.
  • political - apolitical. Between enlightenment and fair: light works in public space / political - non-political. Between enlightenment and fairground: light works in public space , in: Macht! Licht! Exhib. Cat. Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Verlag Walther König, Cologne 2020., pp. 104–114.
  • Brigitte Kowanz, Light Steps , in: Exh. Cat. Lichtparcours 2020, Westermann Verlag Braunschweig 2020.

Web links

Commons : Michael Schwarz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice in the Braunschweiger Zeitung , published and accessed on January 9, 2021.
  2. Andreas Berger: In the center the art. On the death of the long-time president of the Braunschweig University of Art, Professor Michael Schwarz. Braunschweiger Zeitung, edition of January 11, 2021.
  3. Andreas Berger: Long-time HBK President Michael Schwarz has died. In: Braunschweiger Zeitung from January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Former presidents on the website of the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts
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  6. Light in Fine Arts (LIFA) , research project at HBK Saar