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18 December 2007
Today, the Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Michael Eissenhauer as the future Director General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). On 1 November 2008, he will succeed Prof. Dr. Peter-Klaus Schuster, who will retire at the end of October 2008.
As successor in the post of the Director of the Nationalgalerie (National Gallery), the Board elected Udo Kittelmann, the current Director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. The decision was also unanimous.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cultural Minister of State Bernd Neumann, emphasised after the election: "With Dr. Michael Eissenhauer as the new Director General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Udo Kittelmann as Director of the Nationalgalerie, the Board has made a first-class choice and set the right course for the future. Together with Prof. Hermann Parzinger as the new President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the largest cultural institution in Germany is now outstandingly well staffed and ideally prepared for the challenges of the future. This ensures the smooth continuation of the Foundation's excellent work under its previous President Prof. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, and the museums' General Director Prof. Peter-Klaus Schuster. Both have made unique contributions to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and its museums."