Wolfgang Theis (film scholar)

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Wolfgang Theis (* 1948 in Gärtringen ) is a German film scholar and exhibition organizer .


Theis first completed an apprenticeship as a cook and educator. He obtained his Abitur on a second educational path and studied sociology, psychology, journalism, theater and film studies at the Free University of Berlin . In 1984 he completed his studies with a diploma thesis on "Homosexuality in German Film" in sociology . Theis was the head of the photo archive of the Deutsche Kinemathek for many years .

As a student, he worked as a supervisor at the Berlin Museum , where he realized the Eldorado exhibition on the history and culture of homosexual women and men in Berlin with Andreas Sternweiler and Manfred Baumgardt from 1982 to 1984 . The gay museum was created in 1985 as a result of the continuation of this project .

Wolfgang Theis curated numerous exhibitions at the Schwules Museum, including the exhibition “Goodbye to Berlin? 100 Years of the Gay Movement ”as well as homages to Marlene Dietrich , Jean Genet and Rosa von Praunheim .

In 2011 he was honored with the Cross of Merit on Ribbon .


  • Different than the others. History of a film scandal , pp. 28–31; Displacement and travesty. The vague image of homosexuality in German film (1917-1957) , pp. 102–115, in: Eldorado: homosexual women and men in Berlin 1850-1950. History, everyday life and culture Exhibition in the Berlin Museum: May 26th - May 8th July 1984, Ed .: Association of Friends of a Gay Museum in Berlin eV, Ed. Hentrich, Berlin 1992
  • Make your gay life public - Federal Republic , pp. 279–293; Homosexuality and Art , pp. 309–321; AIDS - or professionalization bought at a high price , pp. 327–339, in: Andreas Sternweiler (Ed.): Goodbye to Berlin? 100 Years of the Gay Movement: An Exhibition by the Gay Museum and the Academy of Arts, May 17 to August 17, 1997 , Berlin 1997
  • Duvets, urinals, naked saints and self-exploration. Pp. 5-12. Bedcovers, urinals, naked saints and self-exploration. Pp. 15-21. In: Wojciech Karpiński, Mikołaj Nowak – Rogoziński (eds.): Krzysztof Jung. The male act | The Male Nude. With contributions by Wolfgang Theis, Raimund Wolfert and Dorota Krawczyk – Janisch. [Exhibition catalog, bilingual]. Gay Museum Berlin. Berlin. 2019. ISBN 978-3-9812706-6-2

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Federal Merit Cross for Founders of the Gay Museum , Facebook page of the Gay Museum , March 15, 2011
  2. a b Wolfgang Theis 65 , congratulations from Hans Helmut Prinzler , June 13, 2013
  3. a b Domenika Ahlrichs : Marlene and the Swan , taz , December 29, 2001
  4. Axel Schock : Object and Desire , taz , July 5, 2006
  5. ^ Sebastian Preuss: Tanz und Terror , Berliner Zeitung , December 4, 2004
  6. Axel Schock : Heroes & Icons: Rinaldo Hopf's exhibition “Trickster” in the Schwules Museum , Victory Column , September 8, 2013
  7. Tanja Stiedinger: The scandal of the meat , Berliner Zeitung , May 20, 1997
  8. Christiane Leidinger: Founding myths for empowering history? , in: Invertito - Yearbook for the History of Homosexualities , 13th year 2011, p. 19 online
  9. Oliver Heilwagen: Jean Genet - Homage for the 100th Birthday , kunstundfilm.de, December 22, 2010
  10. ^ Icon of gay literature , Deutschlandradio Kultur , December 6, 2010
  11. Bradley Boovy: Review of Theis, Wolfgang; curator, Rosa is retiring: homage to Rosa von Praunheim's 65th birthday. H-German, H-Net Reviews, June 2009; on-line
  12. Honor for the founder of the Schwules Museum , press release on Berlin.de, March 14, 2011