Max Hollein is the 10th director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. One of the key figures in the global art world, he is known for impressive collection building, innovative exhibitions, holistic educational programming, significant digital projects, prodigious fund raising, management and leadership skills, transforming institutions, and broadening audiences by making art more accessible.
Born in Vienna, Max Hollein studied art history at the University of Vienna and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics. He began his career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York under the leadership of Tom Krens and curated numerous exhibitions, including the American pavilion at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000 and the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale in 2005. From 2001 to 2016 Max served as the director of the renowned institutions Städel Museum, Schirn Kunsthalle and Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection in Frankfurt am Main/Germany. From 2016 to 2018, Max was the Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young and the Legion of Honor, which are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco. One of his most significant projects in the past was the expansion of the Städel Museum completed in 2012 which doubled the institution’s gallery space and created a new wing for the presentation of art since 1945. With a visionary digital program, he led his institutions into a new age. His exhibition programs at previous museums have spanned the centuries from antiquities to old masters and modern visionaries to cutting edge contemporary art. Max has distinguished the program at each museum to advance scholarship and build new audiences.