Hartwig Fischer took up the post of Director of the British Museum in Spring 2016.
He gained his PhD in Art History at the University of Bonn in 1993 after studying in Berlin, Rome and Paris. He began his career in museums as a Research Assistant and then Curator of 19th Century and Modern Art at the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland before becoming Director of the Folkwang Museum, Essen in 2006. Whilst there, he oversaw a major building project with acclaimed architect David Chipperfield, as well as several blockbuster exhibitions and many key acquisitions.
In 2012 Hartwig Fischer was appointed Director General of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (State Art Collections, Dresden), with responsibility for 14 museums and associated libraries, archives and research centres. In Dresden, heled on the development of significant exhibitions and research projects across the world; he has also overseen several major building projects and renovations.