Chronology of Karl Koestchau's Life
||1868||Karl Theodor Koetschau born 27 March 1868 in Ohrdruf, Thuringia, Germany|
|???????????????????????????????????????????????||1887||After attending schools in Munich, Nürnberg and Zwickau, he graduated from high school in Zwickau|
||1888||Military service in the royal
Saxon infantry regiment no. 133
||1889||Bonn University. Professors: Justi, Loeschcke, Dove, Ritter, Lamprecht|
||1891||Strasburg University. Professors:
Janitschek, Michaelis, Bresslau.
[1891 - 1892]
Graduated with a doctorate from Leipzig University. Dissertation: "Barthel Beham und der Meister von Messkirch."
Vice-secretary at the Art History Congress.
Private scholar in Gotha
||1896||Internship at the Ducal Library (Herzogliche Bibliothek) in Gotha|
||1897||Director of the Ducal Collection
of Art and Antiquities (Herzogliche Kunst- und Altertumssammlung) at the
Veste Coburg. Reorganized the collections. Numismatics. Research on Goethe.
Research on arms and armour
[1897 - 1902]
||1900||Editor-in-chief of the Zeitschrift
für Waffenkunde, a periodical specialized in the history of arms
[1900 - 1907]
Director of the Historical (Historisches) Museum in Dresden and the Royal Military Gallery (Königliche Wehrgalerie).
Taught seminar on historical arms
||1905||Founder and editor-in-chief of
the specialist periodical Museumskunde on practical and theoretical issues
of museum administration
[1905 - 1924]
Director of the Grand Ducal Museums (Grossherzogliche Museen) and the Goethe National Museum (Goethe Nationalmuseum) in Weimar. Reorganized the collections, Goethe's house and Tiefurts Palace.
Is granted the title of "Hofrat" (title of Aulic Councillor, like Privy Councillor).
On the executive of the Nietzsche archive. Joint chairman of the International
Art History Congresses in Darmstadt and Munich
Administrative officer and secretary of the German Art Historical Association
(Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft)
1909-13 1 April 1909 - 29 June 1913, deputy director of the Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie) and Sculpture Collection (Skulpturensammlung) of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin.
1 October 1913 - 30 June 1913, interim director of the Sculpture Collection.
Taught courses on museology
||1912||Editor-in-chief of Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, a major art history journal|
||1913||1 July, director of the Municipal
Art Collections (Städtische Kunstsammlungen) of Düsseldorf (according
to municipal records, he worked there until 1941, which means he would
have retired at 73). Reorganized the collections. Set up Print Room. Started
Nazarenes' Collection (see also 1928)
[1913 - ?]
Captain of an air defence unit near Düsseldorf.
Member of the Society for the History of the Rhineland (Gesellschaft
für Rheinische Geschichtskunde)
||1917||Founding member of the German Museums Association (Deutscher Museumsbund) with Pauli and Swarzenski|
||1920||Honorary professor of Bonn University
in museology, art techniques, research on historical sources, archaeology,
[1920 - ?]
||1923||7 April, wrote letter of reference granting permission to Max Stern to bid at auction and buy works for the Düsseldorf municipal art collections|
||1925||Suggested dissertation topics to Max Stern|
||1926||Member of the Deutsche Akademie in Munich|
Recipient of a Festschrift in honour of his 60th birthday.
Reorganized the Municipal Art Collections (Städtische Kunstsammlungen) in Düsseldorf and set up the collection in a new museum building (Kunstmuseum) at Ehrenhof 5, which was opened at the end of April 1928
1 July 1933 - 31 March 1936 director ("auftragsweise" - on
instructions, by special appointment) of the Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie)
at the State Museums (Staatliche Museen) in Berlin
||1936||1 April, retired from the museum in Berlin|
||1937||Max Stern tried to put him in charge of Galerie Julius Stern. Because Koetschau was found to have had a Jewish grandfather, he could not run a business. He gave his books to Max Stern just before Stern fled Nazi Germany|
||1941||Retired from civil service in Düsseldorf|
||1949||17 April, died in Düsseldorf|