Dr Gregor Jansen, born in 1965 in Nettetal on the Lower Rhine, is an art historian; he has been head of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf since January 2010.
Jansen wrote his doctorate on the Berlin-based painter Eugen Schönebeck. From 1991 onwards he worked variously as exhibition manager, curator, lecturer, art critic and publicist. Until 2005 he lectured in media theory, cultural and visual art history at the University of applied sciences Aachen and at the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (ABKM). His research has always centred on correspondences between the arts and related disciplines, science and technology. Jansen is currently a lecturer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Karlsruhe.
In 1996 Gregor Jansen organized the discussion series “Netzkultur<en>”; in 1998 he supervised the exhibition in Aachen “Entropy at Home”, together with the collector Wilhelm Schürmann, and in 2000 he curated the Japan/Korea section of the transnational exhibition “Continental Shift” in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. In 2001, in collaboration with the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, he was in charge of the scientific symposium “Über Super-Strings, Vibrationsmoden und andere Schwingungszustände” ('On super-strings, modes of vibration and other states of oscillation'). In 2002 he was appointed curator for the second media art biennale in South Korea, “media_city seoul”. He has written numerous books, catalogue texts and essays and articles for art journals such as springerin, Kunstbulletin, Metropolis M, Parkett and Blitzreview.
Gregor Jansen was appointed curator of “Beijing Case”, a scholarship programme organized jointly by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Cultural Foundation) and the Goethe-Institut Beijing in 2005, which furthered artistic research into international urban developments in megacities. The project and the subsequent exhibition “totalstadt. beijing case” at the ZKM Karlsruhe in 2006 examined the city’s explosive growth and its impact on urban culture caught between the poles of tradition and modernity.