Detmar Westhoff is an art historian (Frankfurt University) with many years of expertise in organising exhibitions, fundraising, membership programs and corporate responsibility and has worked for internationally renowned art collections as the Schirn Kunsthalle (under the former director of the Guggenheim Museum Thomas M. Messer) and the K20/K21 Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf (head of fundraising). Since he has founded his own company “Westhoff Fine Arts – exhibition services” in 2006, he has initiated, organised and co-curated numerous exhibitions of modern art in Europe and Asia with loans from collections as the Städel in Frankfurt, Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Kunsthaus Zürich and with artists as Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff. The exhibitions “Japan’s love for Impressionism” in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany and “The savages” in Zwolle, which he had initiated and significantly co-curated, have been highly praised in the press. His ambition is to connect and counsel lenders, collections, institutions and organisations from all over the world with similar interest in organising outstanding art exhibitions.
Westhoff is also very much involved as a honorary member in several associations, for example as former chairman of the German castle association Rhineland (2006-2019), now its’ vice chairman, and as vice-president of 701 e.V. He has been teaching at university in Düsseldorf and Bochum. Together with the Marketing Club Düsseldorf, he founded the association Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici in 2009, which awards companies and institutions who are particularly committed to promoting the arts and culture, and of which he was chairman from 2009 to 2012. He is a member of ICOM and the Deutsche Museumsbund.
Essay about the Japanese Collector Kojiro Matsukata:
Kojiro Matsukata – Cosmopolite and Philanthropist, in: Exhibition Catalogue Renoir, Monet, Gauguin. Images of a floating world. The collections of Kōjirō Matsukata and Karl Ernst Osthaus, Museum Folkwang, Essen 2022, p. 350-360.
Article about Japan and Impressionism:
Why the Japanese love Impressionism, in: Exhibition Catalogue Japan’s Love for Impressionism. From Monet to Renoir, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn 2015, S. 234-241.
Article (German version) about German Expressionism and the Netherlands:
Waarom duitsers van expressionisme houden en waarom nederlanders dat ook zouden moeten doen, in: Exhibition Catalogue Wilden – Expressionisme van ‚Brücke‘ en ‚Der Blaue Reiter‘, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle 2016, S. 148-152.
Das in der Natur innewohnende Göttliche, in: „DU – Das Kunstmagazin” (2012).PDF