Yvette Deseyve initially trained as a sculptor and then studied art history, medieval history and English language and literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. In 2008 she received her doctorate with a dissertation on a 19th century sculptor. This was followed by her Volontariat, the official two-year curatorial internship, at the Bavarian National Museum and the Neue Sammlung, both in Munich. From 2010 to 2017 she was curator at the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen and lecturer at the University of Bremen in the Faculty of Art and Cultural Education.
She has curated special exhibitions on themes in modern art and contemporary sculpture, for example: ‘George Minne: At the Dawn of Modernism’, ‘Paths Leading from the Bauhaus’, ‘After Nature: Nature’s Strategies in Sculpture’ and ‘Vincent Barré: Géométrie bâ(s)tarde’.