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.
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. With her class An published already two Notebook, one on science fiction in art writing, and one on open letter writing in the arts.
Photo: Shuai Wang