Werner Spies

German art historian

1937   -  

country of citizenship: Germany
language of expression: French, German
educated at: University of Bonn
occupation: art historian, journalist, writer, screenwriter, translator, university teacher
award received: Commander of the Legion of Honour, Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia, Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg, Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Commander of the National Order of Merit, Honorary doctor of the Free University of Berlin, Goethe Medal, Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis
position held: museum director

Werner Spies (born 1 April 1937 in Tübingen) is a German art historian, journalist and organizer of exhibitions. From 1997 to 2000, he was also a director of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. According to Klaus Albrecht Schröder, director of the Albertina, Vienna, Spies is "one of the most influential art historians of the 20th century."
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