Nicolaus Schafhausen is the director of the Kunsthalle Wien. He studied art history in Berlin and Munich and worked as an artist before starting his career as a curator. He was the founding director of the European Kunsthalle. From 2006 to 2012, he headed the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Nicolaus Schafhausen was curator of the German Pavilion for the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennales in 2007 and 2009. He has curated several international festivals and exhibitions, including Media City Seoul 2010 and Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Nicolaus Schafhausen is Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts.