Denise Petzold



I am a PhD researcher at Maastricht University’s MCICM at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In my project, I investigate the canonical heritage of symphonic music with the help of conservation theory in the arts and Science and Technology Studies ( more here).

Prior to starting my PhD, I’ve been a research assistant working for the project Performance at Tate in London, UK. Most of my time, however, I’ve spent as an assistant curator at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, Germany. There I organized and managed the two large-scale shows Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989 and Pattern and Decoration. Ornament as Promise (in close cooperation with the mumok in Vienna, Austria). I also supervised both accompanying exhibition catalogues published by Wienand Verlag (Cologne, 306 pages) and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig (Cologne, 180 pages).

I hold a BA in Arts and Culture and a MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (both cum laude) from Maastricht University. In 2016, I have been awarded the student prize for best master theses for my dissertation “(Im)Materiality in the Museum: Shaping the Lives of Performance Artworks through Documentation.”

June 2019