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).
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 early Northern European art, especially late medieval French manuscript illumination, the topic of his PhD. 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.