CURATOR 2018: MICHAEL STOCKHAUSEN

Michael Stockhausen studied Art History and Literary Studies. Since 2014 he is working as a lecturer at the Department of Art History at the University of Bonn, Germany. In his research and teaching he focuses on modern art, contemporary art and art theory. Stockhausen worked for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (art collection of North Rhine Westphalia), the August Macke Haus (Art Museum in Bonn) and was assistant curator at the Bonner Kunstverein (Art Association Bonn). There he coordinated the „Peter Mertes grant” and was responsible for projects with the art editions of the Erhard Klein Gallery or with artists like Charline von Heyl and Alexandra Bircken. Lately, Stockhausen has organized a cultural parcour in Cologne („Ins Offene“, 2016, Köln) and has curated exhibitions including the artists Matthias Wollgast („The Age of Neptune“, 2016, Bonn), Mary Bauermeister and Christian Jendreiko („Pli Score Pli“, 2017, Solingen, together with Dr. W. Dörstel). Stockhausen recently presented a private collection („doing identity. Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss“) with students at the Kunstmuseum Bochum (Art Museum Bochum). His managing of different formats for art events include the founding of the workshop office project K186 – Kulturgewerke Bonn, the Eine Art Club as well as the online magazine LeFlash. Stockhausen has written and published various art texts, articles for catalogues and reviews. His curatorial approach is characterized by the engagement in productive and joyful discussions which function as a platform for critical exchange and reflection. For the Q18 – the exhibition space of the Quartier am Hafen in Cologne – Stockhausen is currently planning a set of thematic exhibitions which aim to feature and enhance discussions within small teams alongside the presentation of artworks.