1990-1998New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph. D. Cultural History
Fellowships: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., New York University, Fulbright.
1983-1990Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
MA Cultural History, cum laude.


2013-Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, the Netherlands, Director.
2012Independent curator, critic, museum innovator, writer.
2009-2012National History Museum, The Netherlands, Director of content.
In charge of content programme, projects, and mission. Projects (among others): Drawing Room, Jan Rothuizen, National Vending Machine (with Frank Bruggeman); The Anatomy Lesson (with Cristina Garcia Martin); 100m2NL.
2002-2009Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, The Netherlands, Director. Large scale renovation and conceptualisation of the Zeeuws Museum. Projects, among others, Paul and Menno de Nooijer, Going Local, (about Fashion and Folklore); Stone Twins, Zeelander Campaign, Birthe Leemeijer, A Sailor Went to Sea.
Council of Europe Museum Prize 2009.
1999-2002Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.
In charge of communications, strategic plans and theory programs.
1996-2001The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Advisor and curator portrait gallery for the exhibition Art & the Empire City on the arts in 19th century New York
Exhibition dates: September 11 2000 – January 7 2001.

Boards, Committees, Editorial boards

2015-Museum Night Maastricht. Board.
2015-Very Contemporary (Network of contemporary art institutions in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands). Board.
2013-Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond. Board.
2013-Fund for the Creative Industry, Committees on fashion, jewelry, graphic and product design. Chair.
2012City of Rotterdam. Advisory Committee on Museums and heritage. Chair.
2011-2013De Vleeshal (centre for contemporary art), Middelburg. Chair.
2010-2012Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam. Advisor.
2009-2012SICA (Foundation for International Cultural Activities), Board.
2004-2008The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam. Committee on the Subsidies to independent writers, researchers and curators. Chair.
2003-2005Museumtijdschrift Vitrine [Dutch museum magazine]. Editorial board.
2000-2006Stichting Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort [National organization aimed at youth participation in culture and the arts], Amsterdam. Board.
2000-2004Dutch Museum Association, Committee of art museums, Amsterdam. Board.

Papers, Presentations, Lectures

December 3, 2015Lecture: ‘Shut your Eyes and Drown the Body’ at the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen.
November 18, 2015Lecture: ‘The sensory experience’ at the Continuum, Kerkrade.
May 11, 2015Lecture: ‘A Museum for the Senses’ at Nationaal Militair Museum Soesterberg.
June 6, 2014Presentation: ‘About video and exhibitions’ at Loop Festival, Barcelona.
April 24, 2013Moderator CRISP design proposals, Undercurrent, Amsterdam.
February 13, 2013Moderator, public discussion about Creative Industry, Boekmanstichting and The new Institute, Rotterdam.
2009-2012Presenter 4 ART, television programme about contemporary art, AVRO. Artists include: Koos Breukel, Joep van Lieshout, Marlene Dumas, Roy Villevoye, Gert-Jan Kocken, Vivianne Sassen (23).
October 2, 2012Moderator, public discussion about games and heritage, Taskforce Innovation Regio Utrecht, Pausdam, Utrecht.
June 6, 2012Lecture: ‘Ideologie en intimiteit in fotografie’ (Ideology and Intimacy in Photography), Dutch Doc Award ceremony, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.
April 19, 2012 Lectures, ArtPlay, Moskou, Symposium ‘Action in Culture’ and Tedx:
The Museum as Halfway Station: Products, Objects and Souvenirs
Cultural Navigation through Moscow
The National Vending Machine (Tedx).
January 10, 2012Presentation: ‘Geschiedenis op televisie’ (History on Television), Rode Hoed, Amsterdam.
2009-2012Numerous presentations on the Museum of National History, historical narratives and identities.
October 6, 2011Lecture: ‘De Stiltemetropool’ (The Quiet Metropole), Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam.
June 27, 2011Lecture: ‘The Museum of the 21st century’, Pierogi Sretenka, Moskou.
June 23, 2010Lecture: ‘De schatkamer en de espressobar’ (The Treasure Chest and the Espressobar), Hogeschool Zeeland, Vlissingen.
November 13, 2009Lecture: ‘Skaters op de trap’ (Skaters on the Steps), Pietje Bell Lecture, Kunsthal Rotterdam.
November 2, 2009Lecture: ‘National Narratives’, Symposium Prato, Italy.
May 7, 2009Keynote: ‘Zien is geloven’ (Seeing is Believing, on John Calvin), Grote Kerk, Dordrecht.
April 28, 2009Keynote: ‘Regionalism and Museums’, Lviv, Oekraine.
2002-2008Numerous presentations about the renovation of the Zeeuws Museum, regionalism, culture and museums.
May 8, 2006Lecture: ‘Ethnic fashion’, Academy, Fashion Dept., Ghent, Belgium.
2004-2006Presenter television programme Wonderkamer, Omroep Zeeland (26).
2003-2005Initiator and Moderator Zeeuws Museum Culture Debates (14).
2003-2004Talkshow host Film by the Sea, Vlissingen (8).
2001-2002Initiator and moderator debates Witte de With (8).
November 3, 2000Lecture: ‘Heroes among Burghers: Portrait Galleries in 19th-century New York’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


2013-Essays in Marres exhibition booklets.
2012-2013Weekly column in De Volkskrant.
2012Blueprint: Plans, Sketches and History of the Museum of National History (2008-2011) (SUN).
2012‘De Geur, de reis en het einde,’ (The Scent, the Journey and the End), published in: Jan van Munster en Birthe Leemeijer, Door Tijd en Ruimte (Through Time and Space), De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, 27-33.
2012‘Le Proche et le lointain: Une specificite de l’univers des Pays-Bas’ (Close and Far Away: A Quality of the Dutch Universe), Perspective 4-2011.
2009Skaters op de trap (Skaters on the Steps, Pietje Bell lecture, Kunsthal).
2008‘De Puzzel en het Netwerk’ (The Puzzle and the Network) in: Verzamelen voor de Eeuwigheid? (Nai Uitgevers, Rotterdam).
2007Kunst moet je voelen (Art Feeds the Senses, Zeeuws Museum).
2005[Red.], Superstudio: The Middelburg Lectures (De Vleeshal en Zeeuws Museum).

‘Niet-westerse kunst en het Dilemma van de Mondiale Eigenheid’ (Non-Western Art and the Dilemma of Global Identities) De Witte Raaf 97, mei-juni, 6-7.
2002[Red.], Conventions in Contemporary Art, Debates and Lectures Witte de With 2001 (Witte de With).
2002‘Art as an Instrument of Perception’ in: Krijn de Koning, Metz (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Lorraine, Metz) 55-68.