Harald Falckenberg, born 1943, is President of the Kunstverein in Hamburg since 1998. He has studied law in Freiburg, Berlin and Hamburg and worked since 1979 until 2014 as CEO, now as board member for a company in the petrol business. Since 1987 he is honorary judge at the Hamburg Constitutional Court. His worldwide renowned collection of contemporary art which comprises over 2000 works, e.g. by John Baldessari, Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger and Thomas Hirschhorn, is shown on 62,000 square feet in a former factory building in Hamburg. In 2008 Falckenberg was appointed professor for art theory at the Academy of Art in Hamburg. Since 2011 the collection is shown in partnership with the recommended exhibition house Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Falckenberg has written numerous essays on art and artists which are collected in the anthologies „Ziviler Ungehorsam“ (Civil Disobedience), 2002, and „Aus dem Maschinenraum der Kunst“ (From the Engine Room of Art), 2007. He was honoured with the Art-Cologne-Preis (2009) and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award (2011).