Andreas Burmester - Andreas Burmester

Andreas Burmester (born October 24, 1951 in Tübingen ) is a German chemist , art technologist and art historian . Until 2017 he was director of the Munich Doerner Institute , which is part of the Bavarian State Painting Collections .


Andreas Burmester studied chemistry and mathematics at the University of Tübingen . While still doing his doctorate in organic analytical chemistry , he went to Berlin in 1979, where he carried out analytical studies on Chinese paintwork at the Technical University of Berlin with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation. At the same time he studied art history as part of a contact course at the Free University of Berlin . In 1983 he took a position as a research assistant at the Doerner Institute , which belongs to the Pinakotheken in Bavariaheard on. In 1987 he became head of the natural science department there, and from 2003 to 2017 he was director of this internationally renowned institute.

In 2001, Andreas Burmester completed his habilitation in the field of restoration, conservation science and art technology at the Technical University of Munich . In 2001 he was appointed private lecturer there , and in 2009 he was appointed associate professor . During his more than 20 years of teaching at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Munich , he devoted himself to art-technological topics and above all to preventive conservation .

Andreas Burmester presented numerous publications on topics of technical art history, the development of methods for processes for the scientific investigation of works of art and museum building topics. Since his retirement in 2017, he has been advising on museum construction issues. [1]

In 2004 he was awarded the international Forbes Prize by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) for his services to conservation . In 2016 he presented a comprehensive history of the Doerner Institute (since 2004 the Doerner Institute) based on primary sources published for the first time. This goes back to the 1880s, describes the founding history of the institute as a Reichsinstitut in the 1930s and deals with the activities and entanglements in the Nazi era as well as the fate of its protagonists in the post-war period.

Publications (selection)

  • Swastika flags on old material. The Doerner Institute from 1945 to 1956 . In: Iris Lauterbach (Hrsg.): Art history in Munich 1947. Institutions and people in reconstruction . Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-9806071-4-8 , pp. 105–122.
  • The fight for art. Max Doerner and his Reich Institute for Painting Technique , 2 volumes. Böhlau, Cologne 2016, ISBN 978-3-412-50376-5 .


Individual evidence

  1. Accessed March 5, 2018 (German).