Peter Holst Henckel graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. He lives and works in Copenhagen.
With Peter Rössel in 1987, he opened the gallery Baghuset [the Rear Building] which became the stamping ground for young, conceptually minded artists in Denmark, including Jes Brinch, Lars Bent Petersen and Peter Neuchs. Baghuset's breakthrough came with the exhibition "Luxury Culture" at Sophienholm in 1990, followed two years later by the exhibition Baghuset at Aarhus Kunstmuseum.
Holst Henckel is the cofounder and editor of the journal Åndsindustri [industry of spirit] (1988-92), and cofounder of the artist association Globe (1992- ). In 1998 he received the Danish Arts Foundation's three years working scholarship. Furthermore, he teaches at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus and is a board member of Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art.
Over the course of the 1990s Holst Henckel has contributed to national and international exhibitions, including "Luxury Culture" at Sophienholm in Lyngby (1990), "Germinations 7" at Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble and other venues (1992), "Henckel – Neuchs – Røssell" at Galleri Specta in Copenhagen (1994), "Welfare" at Galerie du Temple in Paris (1995), "Dansk skulptur i 125 år" at Horsens Kunstmuseum, "Interzones" at Kunstforening Gl. Strand in Copenhagen (1996), "Visions du Nord" på Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), "Science + Fiction" at Sprengel Museum in Hannover (2002) and "The (Greenhouse Effect)4" at Horsens Kunstmuseum (2003).
Furthermore Holst Henckel is represented at Statens Museum for Kunst (the Department of Prints and Drawings), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Kastrupgaardsamlingen and The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen.