Doctoral Students

Hans Scholten
Started in , PhD degree awarded in

Research summary

‘Urban Future'

Primarily through the medium of photography, Hans Scholten's research project investigates the phenomenon of global urbanization. Departing from his archive of photographs depicting cities around the world, Scholten’s research reflects on the idea of ‘progress’, the values of failure and the entropic character of urban developments.



Hans Scholten’s (1952, NL) work is included in many significant public and private collections. Additionally, he has realized important public commissions in The Netherlands. He exhibited his work in many major galleries and art institutes in and outside the Netherlands; as well as in museums like the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), SMBA, (Amsterdam), Huis Marseille (Amsterdam), and Museum De Hallen (Haarlem).

Over the years Scholten has given many guest lectures, has been a member of forums and has given workshops in The Netherlands and the USA, including New York, Boston and Minneapolis. He has also traveled extensively in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He currently lives in The Netherlands and France.

  • 1952 Born in Roermond (NL)
  • 1971 – 78 Studied sculpture, graphics, art history, philosophy and psychology at the Academy for Art and Design, Minerva, in Groningen (NL)
  • 1979 – 1990 Co-founder and co-director of foundation 'De Zaak' (Groningen, NL) and editor of art magazine 'Drukwerk De Zaak'
  • 1990 – 1991 Professor at the Rijksacademie for visual arts, department General Studies and Member of the advisory board of the Dutch Ministry of Culture
  • 1992 – 93 Lived in New York (US)
  • 1990 – 1991 and 1994 – 1995 Member of advisory board for the Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 1995 – 2009 Teacher and head of the department Post St. Joost Photography, Breda (NL)
  • 1990 – present Scholten teaches at the St. Joost Academy, Academy of Art and Design, Breda (NL)
  • 2010 – present Doctoral study at PhDArts, University of Leiden

Individual projects

    • PhD Defense

      To obtain his doctoral degree visual artist Hans Scholten will publicly defend his research project entitled The Urban Future - Project. The defense…

    • Increasingly Fragmented

      In this solo exhibition Hans Scholten presents his latest works that are part of a project called Urban Future that he started in…

      Lumen Travo, Amsterdam (NL)
    • Ja Natuurlijk - How art saves the world

      Hans Scholten participates in the exhibition Ja Natuurlijk (Yes Naturally) - How art saves the world.

      Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL)
    • Charles Atlas, Hamid El Kanbouhi + Recente Aanwinsten

      Hans Scholten will show his Urban Future journals

      De Hallen, Haarlem (NL)