Dr. Helen Adkins

Dr. Helen Adkins



*1960 in London – lives in Berlin.

Raised in Paris, she moved 1977 to Germany. She received an MA in art history in1985 (University of Freiburg im Breisgau), and a PhD in 2008 (HBK Braunschweig).

Since 1986, independent curator and director of project, a.o. for the historical reconstruction of the "First International Dada-Fair" of 1920 in Stationen der Moderne (Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 1988); The Readymade Boomerang (8th Biennale of Sydney, 1990 under the direction of René Block); Berlin-Moskau 1900-1950 (Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / Pushkin Museum, Moscow 1995/1996); legal/illegal. Art beyond Law (with C. Burden, J. Kerbel, G. Maciunas, G. Motti, D. Oppenheim etc., NGBK Berlin 2004); Künstler.Archiv / Artist.Archive (with C. Boltanski, J. Gerz, I. & E. Kabakov, C. Kubisch, C. Nicolai, M. Rothschild, E.-M. Schön, H. Winkler. Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Berlin 2005).

1996-2001 she ran her own commercial gallery for emerging artists in Berlin Mitte (with Daniele Buetti (CH); Åsa Elzén (S); Miguel Rothschild (ARG); Barbara Trautmann (D) etc.), presenting over 50 exhibitions in 6 years.

2004-2006, she was on the selection panel and provided curatorial support to the artists of Arts Council England’s Berlin residency.

2008 she completed her PhD-thesis on the Dada montages of Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969). The book was published by Hatje Cantz. In spring 2009, she curated a Blumenfeld exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.

She lectures at Braunschweig University of the Arts (2008-2014; 2015 ongoing). She has been giving workshops and coaching for artists with bbk since 2011. She curates personal and group exhibitions, holds opening talks, is a frequent jury member for art prizes, and works as a consultant. Starting 2014, she is taking care of the estate of Nänzi (1962-2013), a figurative sculptor who was based in Berlin.

She publishes on contemporary art and emerging artists, photography, Dada and the Avant-garde. She is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of the photograms of Christian Schad (1894-1982). For the last years, her academic focus has been on the Avant-garde and its relationship to contemporary practice. 

She knows the art world both from the institutional and the commercial side.

Fachgebiet(e): (Selbst-) Positionierung, (Selbst-) Präsentation, Kunstmarkt, Publizieren
Sprachen: deutsch, englisch, französisch
Ist Coach: Ja