Hilmar Hoffmann, who was born in Bremen in 1925, worked hard for several cultural projects as a cultural aritst and, in the best sense, as cultural functionary. Today he lives in Frankfurt am Main. For 20 years, from 1970 to 1990, he was head of the culture department and culture councillor – the Museumsufer in Frankfurt is his life’s work. Hoffmann is, among others, founder of the international Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, where he also worked as head of the culture department. Additionally, he was president of the Goethe-Institute for nine years. His position »Kultur für alle« (»Culture for everyone«) decisiveley determined the course for an important cultural policy.