Reinhold Misselbeck

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Reinhold Mißelbeck (born April 15, 1948 in Regensburg ; † November 3, 2001 in Niederkassel ) was a German art historian , publicist and curator . From 1985 to 2001 he was head of the photography and video art collection at the Museum Ludwig Cologne and initiator of the international photo scene in Cologne .


Misselbeck studied art history , philosophy , sociology and painting at the universities of Munich , Amsterdam and Münster . After receiving his doctorate on the “Museum as a traditional producer”, he became a scientific advisor at the Graphic Collection in 1980 and head of the photography and video collection at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 1985. In this context, he helped the L. Fritz Gruber Collection to become better known, initiated exhibitions and published. Since 1991 he has been a lecturer at the Art History Institute of the University of Cologne . In 1984, Mißelbeck initiated the 1st International Photo Scene in Cologne, which he helped shape until his death and which is one of the most important photography festivals in Europe today. Chargesheimer was one of the internationally acclaimed exhibitions that Mißelbeck curated at the Museum Ludwig and published the accompanying catalogs . Photography 1949-1970 , 1983; Selection - Ninth November Night, Gottfried Helnwein , 1988; David Hockney - Restrospective Photoworks, 1998.

Reinhold Misselbeck died at the age of 53 of a heart attack in his home in Niederkassel.


as author:

  • The museum as a traditional producer. Structural analysis of the relationship between anti-art currents and reform tendencies in the museum mediation of art. Dissertation. Comprehensive University of Kassel 1980, DNB 810239256 .
  • Light + color. Photographs by Linda Heiliger and Suzen. Museum Ludwig, Cologne 1984, DNB 850001250 .
  • From the landscape to securing evidence. König, Cologne 1987, ISBN 978-3-88375-073-6 .
  • German photographers. Pioneer of contemporary photography. DuMont, Cologne 1987, ISBN 978-3-7701-2133-5 .

as editor with own texts:

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Individual evidence

  1. In memoriam - Dr. Reinhold Misselbeck on his 60th birthday. Brief information on the exhibition, Galerie Skala, Cologne 2008.
  2. Axel Schwintzer: Funeral procession for a photo expert . In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . ( [accessed on August 17, 2018]).
  3. international photo scene Cologne: About us - international photo scene Cologne. Retrieved August 19, 2018 .
  4. Gottfried Helnwein: Gottfried Helnwein | ARTIST | Museum | Installation "Ninth of November Night". Retrieved August 19, 2018 .
  5. The death of a mentor moves the art scene. In: General-Anzeiger Bonn. January 22, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2018