Peter van der Meijden is specialised in modern and contemporary art, museology and cultural heritage and has a special interest in the 1960s and 1970s (Fluxus, Happenings, Performance Art, Mail Art, Pop Art, Conceptual Art). His research revolves around performance and performativity, archives, museums, cultural heritage, the thinking of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida, event theory and presence. Peter van der Meijden wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Fluxus in North-West Europe and has co-curated the travelling exhibition "The Lunatics Are on the Loose: European Fluxus Festivals, 1962-1977".
Amongst Peter van der Meijden's recent publications are: "This Way Brouwn: The Archive – Present, Past and Future" (in: Gunhild Borggreen & Rune Gade (eds.), Performing Archives/Archives of Performance, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag, 2013, pp. 94-107), "The Formular Event" (in: Niels Lomholt and Lene Aagaard Denhart (eds.), Lomholt Mail Art Archive, Fotowerke and Video Work, Denmark 2010, pp. 229-237), "Forbindelser, Bjørn Nørgaards aktioner og 1960erne" (in: catalogue Bjørn Nørgaard, Re-modelling the World, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 16 April-24 October 2010, pp. 107-119) and "Tour-Retour-Pretour-Detour" (in: catalogue Lucassen, Edam 2009, pp. 28-49).
Papers and Lectures
Peter van der Meijden has appeared in public with papers and lectures on subjects as different as the reception of Gertrude Stein by the avant-garde of the 1960s, Stanley Brouwn and the archive, the CoBrA magazine and the performative construction of CoBrA identity, Fluxus reception as a trip down the digestive tract and much more.
From 15 September until 6 November 2016, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the exhibition Keep Art Flat: Mail Art and the Political 1970s, curated by Niels Lomholt, Lene Aagaard Denhart and Peter van der Meijden. If you happen to be in Copenhagen on 15 September, do come and visit us during the opening!
On 15 October 2016, Peter van der Meijden will talk about Joseph Beuys and Fluxus during the symposium An Expanded Concept of Art: New Perspectives on Joseph Beuys at the Edinburgh College of Art. The symposium is organised in connection with the exhibitions Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys, a Language of Drawing (30 July-30 October 2016) and Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys: A Unique Partnership (29 July-16 October 2016) at the National Galleries of Scotland.