Heike Gfrereis

Head of the museum department at the German Literature Archive Marbach.
Studied German literature and history of art in Stuttgart, Marburg und Tübingen. Doctorate 1994 with a work about Heinrich von Kleist and inherences of literary systems. Scientific assistant at the University of Stuttgart until 1999.

From 1999 to 2001 project manager for museums and exhibitions in a Stuttgart architectural office. Since 2001 head of the museum department at the German Literature Archive Marbach. Founding conception for the Literaturmuseum der Moderne (opening 2006, awarded with the Stirling Prize 2007) and curation of numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions, also responsible for publications and literary education in the German Literature Archive

Since 2013 honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart, 2017/18 freelance curator in Munich and Berlin. Invitations as Fellow to the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, to the Freiburg Institute für Advanced Studies and to Stanford University in Palo Alto. Special recognition at the European Museum Award 2011 (Schiller-Nationalmuseum) and Schinkel-Preis 2019 (Exhibition about Theodor Fontane). Exhibitions and publications on authors such as Franz Kafka, Friedrich Schiller, Eduard Mörike and Hermann Hesse and on topics such as order and poetry, secret messages, love letters, laughing, originals, photography and literature, writing systems, border signs, nature and gardening. Current projects: Exhibitions about Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Hölderlin and Paul Celan, exhibition series with performances #LiteratureMoves, digital and material studies (keyword: escalating catalogue), experimental and empirical reading research ("Network literary experience“), virtual reading rooms.