Dr. Maike Aden is an art historian and musicologist based in Paris, working in the academic field as well as in exhibition institutions.  


Centre of interest

  • Concepts and artistic practices of the post-1960s, including self-organised artists' initiatives, artists' books and the heterogeneity of conceptual art
  • Acoustic experiments by visual artists, poets, engineers.


Particular projects

  • Artistic reception of Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975)
  • Ulises Carrión (1941-1989)
  • Archiving, cataloging and exhibiting artists' publications
  • Writings by visual artists
  • Artists' records
  • Representations of religiosity in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Romanticism as model
  • Research-based university studies: visualizing and reflecting ambiguous and informal knowledge



  • Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in art history on the artistic reception of Bas Jan Ader since the 1990s, University of Bremen
  • Magistra Artium (M.A.): art history and musicology, University of Bremen
  • 1st and 2nd state examinations: Teaching profession for music, University of Osnabrück


Current professional work

  • Lecturer: Catholic University ICP Paris and the Mines Paris
  • Researcher and curator: various European archives, museums and universities
  • Author: monographs, essays and scientific treatises



  • Committee of artists' books experts for the Prix Bob Calle, Paris
  • Research Network Artists' Publications, Bremen
  • Mentoring group of the Deutscher Kulturrat (German Cultural Council) for women in the cultural and media sector
  • Arbeitskreis Künstlerbücher (association of institutions and scientists in the field of artists' books in German speaking regions)
  • AG Künstlerbücher|RDA und Sondermaterialien (working group artists' books|RDA), Committee for Standardization at the German National Library)
  • BDK, Hannover, Berlin