Hubertus von Amelunxen

Hubertus von Amelunxen, Walter Benjamin Chair, Professor of Cultural Studies


Hubertus von Amelunxen (b. 1958) is a theorist, curator, and artist. He is a former professor of cultural studies at Muthesius-Hochschule Kiel, and a visiting professor of art history at the University of Basel (1991), the University of California, Santa Cruz (History of Consciousness program, 1991–92), the Philosophy Faculty of Düsseldorf University (2000-01) and the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts (HISK) in Antwerp. In 2003, he was elected a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and in 2010, he was appointed President of the College of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, Germany.

He holds the Walter Benjamin Chair at The European Graduate School / EGS where he acted as Provost from 2013 until 2018. He now teaches at the Saas Fee Summer Art Institute, which has no relation with The European Graduate School.

Von Amelunxen studied Romance Languages and Literature (French, Spanish), German, and Art History in Marburg (Philipps-Universität) and Paris (École Normale Supérieure), and finished his PhD at the University of Mannheim with a thesis on nineteenth century French literature (Allegory and Photography). He was a Founding Director and Professor at the International School for New Media in Lübeck (Germany). Additionally, he is a Senior Visiting Curator for Photography and New Media at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal (Canada).

Longtime editor of Fotogeschichte, a leading journal on photography, he has published numerous books, chapters in books and articles in the fields of photography, media theory and poststructuralism.

Professor von Amelunxen’s recent books include Cy Twombly: Photographs Iii: 1951-2010(2011). In 2010, he co-authored the bilingual book (German-English) volume Landscape Without Horizon: Proximity and Distance in Contemporary Photography (Landschaft ohne Horizont). In 2007, he collaborated with Victor Burgin in editing and writing the epilogue of Victor Burgin: Voyage to Italy. He has also co-authored Bilan Provisoire (Provisional Report), 2001, for which he wrote the text on the pictures of the French photographer Jean-Philippe Reverdot. In 2000, he contributed to the influential theoretical German series of books Theorie der Fotografie (Theory of Photography).

Professor von Amelunxen has curated many international exhibitions since 1989, among them "Photography after Photography" (which toured in Europe and the USA in 1995 and 1996), "Les lieux du Non-Lieu", Munich (1997); "Le territoire en deuil", Arles (1998); "Tomorrow For Ever – Photographie als Ruine", Krems, Duisburg (1999/2000). In collaboration with Dieter Appelt and Peter Weibel, he curated the exhibit "Notation: Calculus and Form in the Arts" (2008/2009), which was created and presented at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin in 2008, and at ZKM, Karlsruhe in 2009.