Hans De Wolf

Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History

Professors Art Studies and Archaeology (SKAR) Culture & Leisure History
  • Current position Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Art History and Archaeology
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C - Room 5.433B
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Hans De Wolf (1961) is an art historian teaching and researching modern and contemporary art, philosophy and aesthetics. He studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Columbia University in New York. In 2002 he obtained his PhD degree for an innovative interpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même. Since 1998 De Wolf has been involved in the development and realization of various contemporary art exhibitions in the Neue Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. At the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee he has been giving theoretical art seminars since 2002, before being appointed in 2004 as Professor of Art History and Aesthetics at the VUB, and invited as a senior consultant by the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 2005 he was mandated the creation of an institute (The Platform, known as the “Brussels model”) in order to create an institutional environment for the implementation of artistic research. Since 2009 De Wolf's intermediation between the worlds of art and academia took on a whole new dimension with an exhibition project for Shanghai 2010. Several other projects would follow, all conceived according to the same philosophy: bringing some of Belgium’s best artists to cities such as Beijing, Hangzhou, Seoul, Gwangju, Chengdu and Beijing again. In 2011, as the result of a three year long research project, The Crooked Path, an art historical exhibition project on the Canadian photographer Jeff Wall, conceived in tight collaboration with the artist, opened at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

Key publications

De Wolf, Hans (ed.) Forme e Antiforme (exhibition catalogue of the eponymous exhibition at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milaan, 23 september - 18 oktober 2015), Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

De Wolf, Hans (ed.) (2014) Master Mould and Copy Room (exhibition catalogue of the eponymous exhibition at CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 21 oktober - 23 november 2014), Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

De Wolf, Hans (ed.) (2011) Jeff Wall: the crooked path, Brussels: Bozar.

De Wolf, Hans (2011) OPPORTUNITIES, of het verhaal van een FULL HOUSE in een kleine straat in Vlaanderen, De Witte Raaf 149, januari 2011.

De Wolf, Hans (2006) Het Platform. "Doctoraat in de Kunsten", het Brussels model, Brussels: VUBPress.