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 etc.


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.


Professional practice


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


                     Before 2012

  • Scientific evaluator: European Network for Visual Literacy, Mozarteum University Salzburg,
  • Lecturer: Institute for Art and Art Theory University Cologne / Faculty of Fine Arts Porto,
  • Research associate: Interdisciplinary research group at the Institute for Theology, University of Münster / TU Dortmund,
  • Empirical researcher: Fine Arts school pilot project, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg,
  • Empirical researcher: Interdisciplinary research program at the IPN-Leibniz-Institut Kiel,

  • Post doc: Institute for Art History, Film Studies, Art Education at the University of Bremen,

  • Member of the art education team: documenta 12, Kassel,

  • Exhibition assistant: Centre for Artists' Publications | Museum Weserburg Bremen,
  • Art mediator: Museum Weserburg Bremen, Kunsthalle Bremen, Hamburger Kunsthalle,
  • Teacher for music: Music schools and public schools in Freiburg i. Br. and in Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen,
  • Singer: a.o. Vocal Ensemble Alsfeld  / Organist: Frisia.



  • 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.