Matthias Mühling is a German art historian and director of the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau in Munich. He studied art history, theater, film, and TV studies, as well as political science at the Universities of Bochum and Münster. From 1999 until 2000, he received a grant from the international graduate school Representation-Rhetoric-Knowledge at the European University of Frankfurt/Oder. In 2001, he was a visiting fellow in the Poetics and Theory Program at New York University. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as an assistant curator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle where he conceived shows such as The Self on Stage — Self-Portraits since 1945 and Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts. As a writer and curator, he has authored many publications and curated numerous exhibitions on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.