Michael Nungesser (1950–2022)

Art historian – Publicist – Art Critic – Curator
Modern and contemporary visual arts

Principal Themes

Art in public spaces: Mural painting, graffiti, monuments and memorials
German exile art after the year 1933
Post-war art in Berlin
Art in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean


Born on the 12th of April 1950 in Darmstadt, Germany.

Died on the 4th of January 2022 in Berlin.

Since 1956 Elementary School and High School in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

1968 Final High School examination at the Max Planck Gymnasium in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

196870 Studies of art history, archaeology and German philology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University at Frankfurt am Main.

197073 Studies of art history, modern history and modern German philology at the Free University of Berlin, West Berlin.

1973–77 Studies of art history at the Technical University of Berlin, West Berlin.

1977 Master of Arts at the Technical University of Berlin.

Since 1972 various investigation travels, including to France, Great Britain, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua and the United States.

Since 1980 contributor of many magazines, for example Die Kunst und das Schöne Heim, Tendenzen, Berliner Kunstblatt, Tranvía, Kunstforum International, Kritische Berichte, Humboldt, Kunst/Stadt-Stadt/Kunst and ZITTY, aside from newspapers like Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, taz, Main-Echo and Mannheimer Morgen. Also many laudations in openings of individual or collective exhibitions.

Since 1996 freelance collaborator of the General Encyclopedia of Artists (Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon / Editorial De Gruyter, Berlin / Editorial office: Leipzig) in the section for Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Member of the German section of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d´Art - International Association of Art Critics - Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte).

Research projects (selection)

1984–85 Academy of the Arts, Archives, West Berlin
Archivist of documents of the former institutions

198687 Municipal administration of the district Kreuzberg, West Berlin
History of the monument on the Kreuzberg (exhibition and catalogue)

198789 Art Library, Graphic Collection, Foundation of the Prussian Cultural Possessions, West Berlin
Archivist of the architectonical drawings of the XIXth century

199194 Art Library, Berlin
Archivist of the art manuals, ornamental pattern and sample books of the XIXth century (book)

199899 Museum of Kreuzberg, Berlin
Artistic estate of Willi Hoffmann (exhibition and catalogue)

20002001 Museum of Kreuzberg, Berlin
History of the Kreuzberg Bohemia during the Sixties

200102 Cultural Department of the district Mitte, Berlin
History of the exhibitions of the communal galleries of the district Wedding (book)

Curator or conceptual collaborator of exhibitions (selection)

1974 Art of the Mexican Revolution - Legend and Reality New Society of Visual Arts, West Berlin

1978 Clément Moreau / Carl Meffert. Graphics for the Fellow Human Being. Germany - Suisse - Argentina
Cultural Office of Kreuzberg, West Berlin

1980 America – Dream and Depression
New Society of Visual Arts, West Berlin

1981 José Clemente Orozco 1883-1949
Great Orangerie / Charlottenburg Palace, West Berlin

1982 Berlin – Home of Foreign Artists
Society of Galleries in Berlin, West Berlin

1983 Heinrich Vogeler – Retrospective
New Society of Visual Arts, West Berlin

1987 The monument on the Kreuzberg by Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Cultural Office of Kreuzberg, West Berlin

1987 Coming from Outside – Turkish Artists in Berlin
Department of Cultural Affairs and Academy of the Arts, West Berlin

1991 Spain – Tradition and Renewal
New Society of Visual Arts, Berlin

2002 mimesis et inventio. The Contemporary European Still Life
Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen

2004 Hugo Brehme – Photographer. Mexico between Revolution and Romanticism
Martin Gropius Building, Berlin

2007 In the Light of Reality. Contemporary Realism in Spain
Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen

2011 In the Shadow of Dreams. Magc Figuration in Spain
Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen

2012 Aldo Sessa. Buenos Aires over Fifty Years
Art Collection Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Buenos Aires

2013 Miguel Esteban Cano – Painting and Sculpture / Pintura y Escultura 1983–1995
Institute of Cervantes, Berlin