Merete Sanderhoff, curator and senior advisor

The Collection and Research department
Tel.: +4525527226

Research areas

Open access to digitized cultural heritage, creative re-use and user involvement.

Open licensing, Creative Commons and copyright in a digital age.

Digital education of  art history.

Canons of art history: Mechanisms and processes behind the formation of canons.

The periphery of contemporary art: Danish-Scandinavian artists who border or break with the field of expectations to what contemporary art is.

The institutionalization of the Avant-Garde during the 20th century.

Aesthetic and historical relations between art and music

The curriculum vitae of Merete Sanderhoff

Research Portal of the Ministry of Culture

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Selected publications

"The Canon, The Web, and the Long Tail" in Cynthia Robinson (red.) Journal of Museum Education, vol. 42, 2017

"Small steps, big impact - how SMK became SMK Open" in Gill Hamilton og Fred Saunderson (red.) Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage, Facet Publishing, 2017

"Choreography in the twilight. Peter Martensen’s mental-realistic world of pictures" in Martine Dancér (red.) Peter Martensen RAVAGE, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Sainte-Étienne Métropole, 2017

"Kunstneren ved (op)havet" (Danish only) in Christian Gether, Stine Høholt, and Camilla Jalving (ed.) Martin Bigum, Arken Museum for Modern Art 2016

"Your imagination is the only limit. Open museum images as building blocks in your hands", Medium 2016

"A Scientific Controversy. Investigating 'Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple' in the collection of Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen" (red.), in Bruegel Unseen Masterpieces, Google Cultural Institute 2016

"Wanna play? Bridging open museum content and digital learning in schools", in Ed Rodley, Suse Cairns og Rob Stein (ed.) CODE | WORDS Technology and Theory in the Museum, MuseumsEtc. 2015

"This belongs to you", in Luis Marcelo Mendes (red.) REPROGRAMTechnology, Innovation and Culture in a New Era of Museums. Motor Ímã Editorial | Livros de Criação 2015

"Sharing is Caring". Interview with Merete Sanderhoff, in Dominik Landwehr (red.) Public Domain. Edition Digital Culture, Migros Kulturprozent, Christoph Merian Verlag 2015

Mix it up! Exhibition guide (in collaboration with Anne Kølbæk Iversen), Statens Museum for Kunst, 2015

UNRAVEL. Pernille Egeskov (exhibition catalogue), Vejle Kunstmuseum and Museumsbygningen Copenhagen, 2015

"Wanna play? Building bridges between open museum content and digital learning in public schools", published digitally in CODE | WORDS. Technology and Theory in the Museum, Medium 2015

Sharing is Caring. Openness and sharing in the cultural heritage sector (editor and contributor). Statens Museum for Kunst 2014

"Open Images. Risk or opportunity for art museums in the digital age?", in Britta Tøndborg (ed.) Nordic Museology no. 2, 2013, p. 131-146; download pdf

"Danish Museums on Twitter", case study on the Europeana PRO blog, April 2013

"Rhizomatic Art Stories - balancing between innovation and usability", Museums and the Web 2011.

"Martin Bigum – Structure beneath skin". Randers  Kunstmuseum, Randers Kunstforening, Vejle Kunstmuseum and Kastrupgårdsamlingen, 2011-12.

Shades of Black (catalogue for the exhibition), Ordrupgaard and Vejle Kunstmuseum 2010.

"Bevar mig vel? Omkring et bevaringsmæssigt paradoks", in SMK Art Journal 2007. Ed. Peter Nørgaard Larsen, National Gallery of Denmark 2008.

Sorte billeder - Kunst og kanon, Forlaget politisk revy, 2007.

All publications

Projects and positions of trust

Chair of The Europeana Network Association Management Board 2017-

Chair of the Europeana Art History Collections Advisory Board, 2016-

Vice chair of The Europeana Network Association Management Board 2015-17

Member of The Europeana Members' Council 2015-

Board member of DIAS - Digital Interactive Art Space 2015-

Member of The NMC Horizon Report Museum Edition Advisory Board 2015-

Member of The OpenGLAM Advisory Board, 2013-

Manager of pilot project: SMK's release of 160 highlights for free download under Creative Commons, 2012

Manager of SMK's contribution to the Google Art Project, 2011-12

Manager of HintMe - a mobile platform developed in a collaboration between museums, supported by The Danish Agency for Culture, 2011-13 (presentation of the project)

Manager of the pilot project "Image Sharing and Development of Digital Tools", supported by The Danish Agency for Culture, 2009-11

Together with Annette Rosenvold Hvidt manager of the development of Art Stories, 2008-11


Peter Martensen. RAVAGE, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole, 2017

UNRAVEL. Pernille Egeskov, Vejle Kunstmuseum and Museumsbygningen Copenhagen, 2015

Shades of Black, Ordrupgaard and Vejle Kunstmuseum 2010

NI fra NU - en udstilling om begrebet maleri i Århusområdet, Aarhus Kunstbygning. Center for Nutidskunst 2008.

Contributions to conferences and seminars

Grants and Awards

Ole Haslund's Artist Fund travel grant, 2015

Asta & Mario Krohn's travel grant, 2008

Aarhus University’s Gold Medal, 2006

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