Birgit Jooss studied art history, art pedagogy and history in Munich, earning her doctorate in 1998 (Lebende Bilder. Körperliche Nachahmung von Kunstwerken in der Goethezeit, 1999). From 2003 to 2005 she also studied archival science at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. She worked at Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin (1992), at Museum Villa Stuck (1992-2001), at Schloßmuseum Murnau (1998-2000), at the Institute of Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2000-2007), and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (2003-2007). From 2007 to 2015 she was the head of Deutsches Kunstarchiv at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. In 2015 she was the Director of the Academy Archive at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, since 2016 she has been the Director of documenta archiv in Kassel. Subjects she has examined in her publications include the history of art institutions and the art scene (“Kunstinstitutionen. Zur Entstehung und Etablierung des modernen Kunstbetriebs“, in: Geschichte der bildenden Kunst in Deutschland, ed. by Hubertus Kohle, 2008), of artists’ training or photography, as well as topics concerning archival science (Die digitale Edition der Matrikelbücher der Münchner Kunstakademie, 2010).
In addition, she focused on digital science projects, such as the edition of the Register of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (http://matrikel.adbk.de/matrikel, 2008), the research database on Galerie Heinemann (http://heinemann.gnm.de, 2010), or the virtual exhibition “Faces of the Deutsches Kunstarchiv” (http://gesichter-des-dka.gnm.de, 2014).