A short biography


Margriet Schavemaker studied Art History and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and defended her Ph.D thesis ‘Lonely Images: Language in the Visual Arts of the 1960s’ at this university in 2007. After an academic career in Art History and Media Studies, she is currently working as Manager Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Schavemaker writes about contemporary art and theory, 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)), curates exhibitions and is invested in exploring the significance of media technology for the cultural field.

In 2013-2014 Schavemaker was research fellow at the Netherlandish Institute for advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). 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 advisor for the Mondrian Fund and is member of the supervisory board of the magazine Metropolis M and the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.


Email: margrietschavemaker [at] gmail.com