Lecturer in: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
Nicolaus Schafhausen studied art history at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Before starting his career as a curator, Nicolaus Schafhausen worked as an artist. In 1991, during a scholarship at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, he founded the gallery “Lukas & Hoffmann” together with the artist Markus Schneider. The gallery later moved to Cologne.
From 1995 to 1998 Schafhausen served as artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and from 1999 to 2005 as director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. From 2003 to 2005 he was a curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA). From 2005 to 2007 he was the founding director of the European Kunsthalle, an initiative to establish a new art institution in Cologne. From 2006 to 2012 he headed the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Nicolaus Schafhausen was the curator of the German Pavilion for the 52nd and the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2009.
He was co-curator of the first Brussels Biennale in 2008, and co-curator of 2010 "Media City Seoul" festival. He was curator of the "Dutch House" at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and, among others, also curated exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Lenbachhaus in Munich, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius. Schafhausen was collection advisor for the FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, DekaBank and Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt. Nicolaus Schafhausen is also a lecturer at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. In addition to Schafhausen’s extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art.
Schafhausen was the strategic director of Fogo Island Arts an initiative of the Canadian Shorefast Foundation (shorefast.org) that carries out a resident programme on the island of Fogo in Newfoundland and engages in a dialogue with artists and scientists to find alternative solutions for the revitalisation of the area that is prone to emigration.
In 2012 Nicolaus Schafhausen has been appointed as new artistic director of Kunsthalle Wien for a five-year term.