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DS TV meets Prof. Michael Erlhoff

Michael Erlhoff studied German Literature and Sociology at the University of Hannover (M.A.) and did his Ph.D in German Literature, Art History and Sociology.

 

1973 – 1980 assistant professor at the University of Hannover

1973 – 1981 editor of the artists’ magazine «zweitschrift» and several books

1979 curator of the exhibition «Visual Poetry» and «On Kawara» at the «Sprengel Museum Hannover»

1981 curator of the retrospective exhibition on «Robert Filliou„ (Hanover, Paris, Berne)

1981 – 82 chief editor of the art magazine «K», then radio editor and moderator
1983 – 85
free lance author for radio stations, magazines and visiting professor at several universities (Hamburg, Kassel, Berlin, and others), partly in art departments, mainly in design departments

1986 – 87 co-curator of the exhibition about the «ulm school» (of design) and editor of the catalogue

1987 board member of «documenta 8», especially responsible for architecture and design

1987 - 1991 CEO of the «Rat für Formgebung/German DesignCouncil»,  including the organization of many exhibitions and conferences (Singapore, Nagoya, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York...). Among other activities establishing the magazine «Design Report» and editor of several books.

1991 (asked by the government of the German state «Nordrhein Westfalen») concept of an innovative design education at the University of Applied Sciences Koeln, founding dean of the «Koeln International School of Design» (KISD) at the University of Applied Sciences Koeln.

Since 1991: full professor of design history and theory.

1998-2000 Curator of the two exhibitions «4:3 – Fifty Years of Italian and German Design» and «Today is Tomorrow» at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

2002 - 2006: Dean of the «Faculty of Cultural Sciences» at the UAS Koeln.

 

Michael Erlhoff  has written or edited about fourty books and catalogues.
For several years he was external examiner at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and in 1997 guest professor of its MA course in design.

Since 2000 he organizes (together with Uta Brandes) the «St. Moritz Design Summit» (Switzerland).

In 2008 he initiated the first "Kölner Design Preis" which is donated with $ 45.000.

 

Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff lives in Cologne.



 
 
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