A short biography

Prof.dr.Margriet Schavemaker is currently working as Artistic Director of the Amsterdam Museum and as Professor of Media and Art in Museum Practice at the University of Amsterdam (a chair in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum). 

Schavemaker writes about contemporary art and theory and organizes discursive events, such as the acclaimed lecture series ‘Right about Now: Art and Theory since the 1990s’ (2006-2007), ‘Now is the Time: Art and Theory in the 21st Century’ (2008-2009) and 'Facing Forward. Art and Theory from a Future Perspective' (2011-2102).

From 2009-2019 Schavemaker worked at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in various roles (Head of Collection and Research, Manager of Education, Interpretation and Publications and curator). Her exhibitions include ‘The Stedelijk Museum & The Second World War’ (2015), ‘ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars’ (2015),  ‘Jean Tinguely: Machine Spectacle’ (2016) and the permanent collection presentation 'Stedelijk BASE' (in collaboration with Beatrix Ruf and AMO/Rem Koolhaas and Federico Martelli) (2017-2022). 

Schavemaker was a visiting fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) from 2013 to 2014. This resulted, amongst other things, in the launch of the peer-reviewed journal Stedelijk Studies, of which Schavemaker has been editor-in-chief since its founding in 2014 to 2019. In 2016 she held the Reinwardt Memorial lecture which resulted in the publicationThe White Cube as Lieu de Mémoire: The Future of History in the Contemporary Art Museum (2017)

Schavemaker works as an advisor (currently for a.o. the Mondriaan Fund) and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Metropolis M magazine, the Jan van Eyck Academy and the Unseen Foundation.

Email: margrietschavemaker [at] gmail.com or m.schavemaker [at] amsterdammuseum.nl