Dr Thomas Berghuis

Dr Thomas Berghuis

A curator and art historian of contemporary art, and former lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Dr Thomas Berghuis is a curator and art historian currently living and working in Leiden, the Netherlands. Thomas has taught Asian art history and curatorial studies at the University of Sydney in Australia, and more recently at the University of Amsterdam.

Thomas holds a PhD in Asian art history from the University of Sydney. He is also a curator of contemporary art and was the inaugural Robert H. N. Ho Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum and the founding director of Museum MACAN in Jakarta, Indonesia’s first museum for contemporary international art. These days Thomas continues to teach contemporary international art and curatorial studies and practices. Most recently he was a lecturer in art history at the University of Amsterdam and also taught a course in museum studies at the University of Leiden.

Thomas has curated several critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Crossing the Tide, the Tuvalu Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale, Suspended Histories at the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Wang Jianwei: Time Temple at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Berghuis also was co-curator for Edge of Elsewhere at the Sydney Festival, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and Campbelltown Art Gallery.

Asked about his incentives to work as tour leader, Thomas thinks that everyone should have access to the best practices contemporary art has to offer. He looks forward to sharing his practical and intellectual experiences during tours that touch artistic souls.