I'm a creative cultural historian in Berlin. My interests in researching, writing and curating are focused on what is often overlooked or ignored as unimportant and trivial like, for example, the critical potential of the short and the light-humoured, the writing in the margins, the Nebensächlichkeiten or what happens in-between. 

I wrote my PhD on the cultural criticism of the Belgian artistic avant-garde at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and continued as a post-doc fellow at UC Berkeley, Columbia University in New York and Humboldt-University in Berlin. I was a fellow of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles and the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung.  

My curatorial career started at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin, in 2009, curating exhibitions of Paul Pfeiffer, Land Art and Valeska Gert. As an independent curator I have worked internationally in various venues, such as at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade Art Weekend, Reykjavik’s city library, and worldwide I accompany the travelling exhibition Rosemarie Trockel of Ifa (Institute of Foreign Affairs). From 2019 to 2022, I was the director of the Berlin art space The House of The Deadly Doris. 

Contact: paenhuysenan@gmail.com
Follow: @anpaenhuysen

Image: Opening of Rosemarie Trockel exhibition at The National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina. Photo by Ulli Grötz