Katharina Alsen studied art history at the University of Oxford as well as German and Scandinavian literature, theology, and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Studies abroad led her to Copenhagen, Reykjavík, and Tórshavn on the Faroes. Alsen was a scholar at the international research training group “InterArt” at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Copenhagen with a PhD project on staged intimacy. In addition to modernist painting of the Nordic countries, her research interests include contemporary performance art and curatorial theory. She is a regular speaker on art history and theatre studies.