Roel Arkesteijn is freelance curator and writer. After his studies in art history at Leiden University, he has worked as a curator of modern art at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam and the GEM, museum of contemporary art, in The Hague.
For the GEM, he curated exhibitions of Raymond Pettibon, Ni Haifeng, Marcel van Eeden, Elke Krystufek, Jimmie Durham, Hans Op de Beeck, Chen Zhen, Ricardo Brey, Daniel Pflumm, Gavin Turk and Yoshitomo Nara, to mention a few.
Other recent shows include Respect! Forms of community in Marrakech (2005) and Drawing Typologies at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2007).