Museum Staff

Robert Schindler, PhD

Curator of European Art

Robert Schindler was appointed Curator of European Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2013. He received his MA in Art History and Business Administration as well as his PhD in Art History from the Freie Universität in Berlin.

His PhD research was supported by a fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During and after the completion of his graduate work, Schindler held positions at the Prints and Drawings Collection in Berlin, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Columbia University, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While writing his PhD, he worked in the Department of Knowledge Management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Technology Design in Berlin.

As a graduate intern at the Getty, he organized the exhibition French Manuscript Illumination (2007) showcasing the museum’s holdings of French manuscripts and cuttings from the 9th-16th centuries. After completing his PhD in 2010, he accepted the position of Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. From 2012-2013 Schindler was the Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where he worked in the European Art Department on a variety of projects ranging from Early Netherlandish painting to German Expressionism. In 2013, prior to coming to the Birmingham Museum of Art, he was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and worked in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.

Schindler’s area of expertise is late medieval/early modern Northern European art. His publications focus on French manuscript illumination of the 15th-16th centuries. His interests, however, encompasses a wide range of Northern European art from the late Middle Ages to French 17th and 18th century painting. Schindler is currently working on an exhibition on the work of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) to open at the BMA in February of 2014, a show on Dutch 17th century painting to be shown at Birmingham in 2015, while also preparing an article on the German painter Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder (1493-1555). At the Birmingham Museum of Art Schindler oversees the collection of European paintings, sculpture, and works on paper ranging from the 13th to the early 20th century.