Curriculum Vitae



Marga van Mechelen (b. 1953) studied art history and philosophy of language at the Universities of Nijmegen and Groningen. During her studies she taught briefly methodology and philosophy of art at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. From 1978 to 1980 she was a lecturer in art history at the teacher training programme of the Stichting Lerarenopleiding in Utrecht, after which she was appointed to her current job at the University van Amsterdam with special study commissioned art theoretical developments from the year 1970. She specialized early on in the field of conceptual, performance and installation art. In addition, she did historiographical and semiotic research. She published several publications on theoretical concepts of the French psycho-semiotician Julia Kristeva. These investigations resulted in 1993 in her dissertation Form and Signifying Process. Art History, Semiotics, Semanalysis. In 2006 she published a comprehensive monograph on the legendary history of the De Appel Foundation. (De Appel. Performances, Installations, Video, Projects, 1975-1983). Other books followed as the first monograph (2011) about the founder of the NUL group, Henk Peeters and Art at Large. Through Performance and Installation Art (2013). In 2015 she curated Zero squared for the Textile Museum in Tilburg. She was a member of the board of AICA Nederland, the Visual Arts and Design committee of the Council for Culture and the Visual Arts and Design committee a of the Prince Bernard Culturefond. She is a member of ASCA (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), ASCH (Amsterdam School of Historical Studies) and the Executive Committee of the International Association for Semiotic Studies  (IASS/AISS).