Paul Panhuysen

Year of birth, place
1934, Borgharen, Netherlands
Year of death, place
2015, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Role at the ZKM
in the collection

Paul Panhuysen is one of the pioneers of sound art. He studied in art at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht from 1954 to 1959. He then turned to the study of the sociology of art at the University of Utrecht till 1961. In Leeuwarden, he was director of the School of Fine Art and Design, and worked as curator in Den Haag and Eindhoven. Influenced by Situationism, he then advanced to become the leading member of the second generation of the Dutch Fluxus movement. Beginning with painting, he then extended his repertoire throughout the 1960s in the fields of media, urban planning and music, going on to found artists’ associations, and to become a member on numerous committees on museum education. Furthermore, with hundreds of performances behind him, he is one of the protagonists of time-based arts working, until today, with the Maciunas Ensemble. He is also intensively occupied with generatively created music. In collaboration with his wife Hélène, he founded the artists’ platform “Het Apollohuis” in Eindhoven, in 1980. The platform closed in 2001, and the archive is currently housed and managed by the ZKM.