Lecturer in: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Roel Arkesteijn (Scheveningen, 1974) is a curator and author interested in forms of artistic engagement and activism. Since 2008 he has been curator of contemporary art at Museum Het Domein in Sittard, where he draws attention to artists who deal with social or political issues, are interested in gender questions, function as bridge-builders between different cultures, or actively engage in ecological matters. Within that framework he has curated exhibitions on (among others) Fernando Bryce, Sarah Vanagt, Mel Chin, Leon Golub, Roger Ballen, José Bedia, Jota Castro, Mark Dion, Eugenio Dittborn, Patricia Johanson, Brandon Ballengée, The Yes Men, Koen Vanmechelen, Betye Saar, Basia Irland and Nils Norman. Currently he is working on exhibitions on (among others) Melvin Edwards and Ricardo Brey, as well as a publication of the writings of Patricia Johanson.
Arkesteijn completed his studies in art history at Leiden University in 1999 with a thesis on the reception of Joseph Beuys in the Netherlands. Since that time he has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem (now Museum Arnhem), the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and at GEM, museum of contemporary art, in The Hague. At GEM he curated shows on (among others) Raymond Pettibon, Ni Haifeng, Marcel van Eeden, Elke Krystufek, Jimmie Durham, Hans Op de Beeck, Chen Zhen, Ricardo Brey, Daniel Pflumm and Yoshitomo Nara.
In recent years Arkesteijn has regularly served as visiting lecturer at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe and at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. Furthermore, as guest curator he has created exhibitions for the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Institut Néerlandais in Paris, and he put together a book and exhibition about Nancy Spero for De Appel in Amsterdam. Arkesteijn’s other projects in the last decade include Respect! Forms of community in Marrakech (2005), Drawing Typologies in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2007), Hilma af Klint in the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem (2010), Robert Smithson in Emmen. Broken Circle / Spiral Hill Revisited in Emmen and Siegen (2011), and herman de vries at the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta, Indonesia (2015-2016). From 2010 to 2013, and since 2016 he has served as a member of the commission on Visual Arts of the Raad voor Cultuur in The Hague. At the end of 2018 Arkesteijn will present a guest exhibition for Stroom in The Hague.