An Paenhuysen works as a freelance curator, art critic, and educator in Berlin. In Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin she curated several exhibitions. With Wolfgang Müller she curated in Hamburger Bahnhof an exhibition titled Pause, about the Berlin dancer and performer Valeska Gert. A limited edition based on this Valeska Gert exhibition was published by Hybriden-Verlag, 2013. And together with Wolfgang Müller, Paenhuysen curated "Gesture Sign Art. Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture" in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin. A catalogue in both English and German is available at Martin Schmitz Verlag. Lately, An Paenhuysen has been experimenting with art writing and curating: at insitu Berlin, she experimented with literary curating, and at Entretempo Kitchen Gallery she organized literary dining events.
At the History Department of the University of Leuven, Belgium, Dr. An Paenhuysen wrote a book on the cultural criticism of the Belgian avant-garde, which was published in Dutch at Meulenhof Press in 2010. As a Post-Doc Fellow she did research on Berlin photography at UC Berkeley and Columbia University, New York. She continued her research as a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and as a Fellow of the Getty Research Institute. In 2013-2014 she taught at the art university Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.
An Paenhuysen has worked as a coach and teaches for artists at bbk Berlin e.V. She is part of the Kunstbeirat Sachsen-Anhalt.
She loves writing about art and is a fervent art blogger. She teaches online courses on Art Criticism and Writing and Creative Forms in Art Criticism and Writing at Node Center - Curatorial Studies Berlin. They published a first notebook The Future Is... Science Fiction in Art Criticism, which you can download for free. More blending of art criticism will follow soon!
Photo: Shuai Wang