Malene Vest Hansen

Malene Vest Hansen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Art history in the 20th and 21st Century: modern and contemporary art; visual art and its publics with special focus on curating, museum and exhibition history. 

Current research

I investigate changing concepts of art, curating of exhibitions and the role of museums. Presently, I am PI and conduct the art history research project: Curating the contemporary: An Exhibiting History of the Museum of Modern Art as a new Bildung institution (Funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research FKK1-project 2019-2023). The project is following up on my work as PI of the interdisciplinary Research Network for Studies in the Curatorial,( funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research 2015-2017), the network gathered international, primarily Nordic, researchers and curators from both academia and museums and exhibitionary institutions, one important output of this is the anthology Curatorial Challenges: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Curating (Routledge 2019).


I teach Contemporary art (on a regular basis (Art History BA, modul 1) and also teach and advise in the following areas:

  • curating and museum studies
  • exhibition history
  • contemporary art and modern art and theories
  • feminist art history and theori
  • art in public space
  • conceptual art
  • history painting (Nicolas Poussin)

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