publication date 16-2-2015

Researching the library

In the magazine lounge, the Theory Workshop regularly presents a selection taken from the special collections of the Rijksakademie under the header Researching the Library.

The current presentation presents Japanese pattern books with woodcuts. The centuries-old wave pattern is the underlying theme that brings old and new works together. The presentation was created in cooperation with Hetty Huisman of VOID editions.

Opening hours of the library and the magazine lounge: Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 to 17:00 hours.

publication date 12-2-2015

ARCO Madrid 25 Februari - 1 March


Residents and alumni

Rosa Barba — Parra & Romero (Madrid, ES)
Erick Beltrán — Joan Prats (Barcelona, ES)
Otto Berchem — Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam, NL)
Gwenneth Boelens - KLEMM’s (Berlin, DE)
Michiel Ceulers — NoguerasBlanchard (Barcelona, ES)
Sebastián Diaz Morales — Galería Pepe Cobo (Lima, PE)
Constant Dullaart — Future Gallery (Berlin, DE)
Armen Eloyan — Tim van Laere (Antwerp, BE)
Cevdet Erek — Akinci (Amsterdam, NL)
Mounir Fatmi — ADN Galería (Barcelona, ES)
Alicia Framis — Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES),
Ryan Gander — gb agency (Paris, FR)
Dora García — Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Rubén Grilo — Future Gallery (Berlin, DE)
Carlos Irijalba — Juan Silió (Santander, ES), Moisés Pérez de Albéniz (Madrid, ES)
Folkert de Jong - Luis Adelantado (Valencia, ES/ Mexico, MX)
Germaine Kruip — Parra & Romero (Madrid, ES)
Guillaume Leblon - carlier|gebauer (Berlijn, DE)
Pere Llobera - F2 Galería (Madrid, ES)
Adrian Melis — ADN Galería (Barcelona, ES)
Otobong Nkanga - In situ / Fabienne Leclerc (Paris, FR)
Hans Op de Beeck — Krinzinger (Vienna, AT)
Ola Vasiljeva — Antoine Levi (Paris, FR)
Richard Venlet — Estrany de la Mota (Barcelona, ES)
Edwin Zwakman— Akinci (Amsterdam, NL)


publication date 30-1-2015

Kajsa Ollengren opens residency year 2015

Kajsa Ollongren, deputy mayor and councillor Culture Amsterdam, welcomes the artists of the Rijksakademie at the Rijksakademie residency 2015. In her opening speech she labeled the artists as cultural ambassadors of Amsterdam.

A quote from her speech:

It is clear to me how important it is to have a world class academy here in Amsterdam that hosts talents from all over the world, that can experience and learn here in Amsterdam. With its two year residency the Rijksakademie continues to create new generations of future top artists.

Many former residents of the Rijksakademie are known worldwide now and luckily a lot of them stay connected to Amsterdam. Sometimes they stay here, sometimes they leave. But they never leave their experience. They always take it with them and it is reflected in their work.

Gaston Meskens, philosopher, nuclear physicist and artist, emphasized in his keynote speech reflexivity as art activism that art is more relevant than ever.

Rijksakademie Residency
The Rijksakademie offers residencies to around fifty artists (for one year, with year extension). Every year the Rijksakademie selects from circa 1500 applications around 25 artists who are invited to focus on research, experimentation and development of new work.

All resident artists have their own page on the Rijksakademie website.
Kajsa Ollongren deputy mayor and councillor Culture Amsterdam and director Rijksakademie Els van Odijk. (Photo Roy Taylor/RABK) Kajsa Ollongren deputy mayor and councillor Culture Amsterdam and director Rijksakademie Els van Odijk. (Photo Roy Taylor/RABK)

publication date 12-1-2015

Arrival new resident artists

We kick-off the new year with welcoming 20 new resident artists at the Rijksakademie:

Juliaan Andeweg (NL), Josefin Arnell (SE/NL), Mercedes Azpilicueta (IT/AR/NL), Pauline Curnier Jardin (FR), Koen Doodeman (NL), Alex Farrar (GB/NL), Marije Gertenbach (NL), Margaret Haines (CA/US), Hamza Halloubi (MA), Tamar Harpaz (IL/US), Kareem Lotfy (EG/NL), Christine Moldrickx (DE), Matthijs Munnik (NL), Thierry Oussou (BJ), Noah Ryu (KR), Eva Spierenburg (NL), Dit-Cilinn Sundqvist (SE/TH), Robbert Weide (NL), Geo Wyeth (US) and Aimée Zito Lema (NL/AR).

They will join the artists who start their second residency year.

publication date 12-1-2015

New advisors

Three new advisors will join the Rijksakademie.
Advisors are artists, curators, theorists and scientists who visit the Rijksakademie on a regular basis and visit the resident artists in their studios. 

We will introduce the advisors below:

The work of Isabelle Cornaro (1974, FR) evinces an interest in the way our perspectives are historically and culturally determined. Due to her training as an art historian specialised in 16th- and 17th-century Western art, her visual language is strongly associated with the forms and compositions of the past, ranging from Baroque and Classicism to Modernist abstraction.

In her installations, casts and films, Cornaro plays with the possible meanings of everyday implements and artistic objects by placing them in a new context. Just like in the composition of a classical painting, she groups the objects around a specific theme or arranges them according to size, lines of perspective, light and shadow effects, etc. This profoundly questions our perception of the objects and of her work.

Sohrab Mohebbi (1981, IR) is a curator and writer living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York, and is a co-founder of Bureau des Services sans Spécificité, Geneva. He was the 2010 curatorial fellow at the Queens Museum of Art, NY and curatorial assistant at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Currently, he is assistant curator at REDCAT, Los Angeles. He is the founder of the blog Presence Documents, and he is a founding member of 127 band, Tehran.

Paul Sietsema (1968, US) uses photographs and other objects that reference specific bodies of knowledge as starting points for his carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which he then films. His films arrange and compare the original images and objects–and the ideas, information and knowledge associated with them–in ways that combine with the artist's practice of working in different media at each stage of his projects to explore how imagery and material affect our understanding of culture and history.

Please find an overview of all advisors related to the Rijksakademie residency here.

publication date 23-12-2014

Order publication RijksakademieOPEN 2014

Would you like to have all the artists of 2014 bundled together on your bookshelf? The publication with images and texts by every artist is on sale for € 5,- in the Rijksakademie library and online through the book shop.

The publication is designed by Experimental Jetset.

publication date 1-12-2014

Marvelous RijksakademieOPEN 2014

RijksakademieOPEN 2014 is a wrap! A weekend with 63 artists presentations, 9 scheduled film screenings, 8 performances, 28 guided tours, 7.5 hours of live radio, 55 volunteers and 7,000 visitors.

On Facebook and Instagram you can find many photos. The broadcasts of the Rijksakademie Radio are available here.

Rijksakademie thanks
Thanks to all volunteers for their time and energy during the weekend, without them we would not have been able to receive the visitors this well.

The Rijksakademie is proud and pleased to receive the support for RijksakademieOPEN of main sponsor Rabobank, Fonds 21, VSBfonds, K.F. Hein Fonds, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Stichting Amsterdamsche Fonds and Stichting ‘De Gijselaar-Hintzenfonds' for the publication. Many thanks as well to the Friends and benefactors who support the Rijksakademie Residency during the year.
photo: Roy Taylor photo: Roy Taylor photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron Studio of Mehraneh Atashi. Photo: Roy Taylor Studio of Mehraneh Atashi. Photo: Roy Taylor

publication date 27-11-2014

Dina Danish nominated for Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2015

Alumna Dina Danish (Rijksakademie 09/10) has been nominated for the oeuvreprize organised by the Volkskrant, AvroTros and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

Her work, and that of the other nominees, is on show from February 8 in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The winner is chosen by the visitors, who can vote in the museum. On April 12 the winner will be announced.
Dina Danish, 'Brass Replica of Stone Age Chewing Gum', 2013 Dina Danish, 'Brass Replica of Stone Age Chewing Gum', 2013

publication date 17-11-2014

Maria Barnas' The Reader

The Reader is a Rijksakademie theory workshop project initiated by artist and advisor Maria Barnas. During the last year, Maria Barnas interviewed residents and alumni about reading and the way this relates to their artists’s practice. The artists are asked which specific book they would like to re-read.

A transcript of the interview will be included in the chosen books and will have a specific label. You can find the first inserts in The third policeman by Flann O’Brien (choice of Jason Gomez), The chairs by Eugene Ionesco (choice of Bert Jacobs) and The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (choice of Crystal Z. Campbell). The books will be available at the library for all visitors today. Wednesday until Friday from 11h00 to 17h00.
Graphic design Felix Salut Graphic design Felix Salut

publication date 12-11-2014

Museum Beelden aan Zee presents Prix de Rome plasters in new Gipsoteca

On November 14th, the Museum Beelden aan Zee opened its new Gipsoteca by the Sea. Part of the presentation includes plasters from the collection of the Rijksakademie. These are sculptures from the first half of the 20th century created by winners of the Prix de Rome.

More about the history of the Prix de Rome can be found in the publication Prix de Rome 200 years, available from our online book shop. Up until 2013, the Prix de Rome was organized by the Rijksakademie.
l-r: Johan G. Wertheim, De verloren zoon, 1926; Daniël Cornelis Steenbergen, Franciscus van Assisi, 1938; Johan Limpers, Koré, 1940 l-r: Johan G. Wertheim, De verloren zoon, 1926; Daniël Cornelis Steenbergen, Franciscus van Assisi, 1938; Johan Limpers, Koré, 1940

publication date 13-10-2014

Contemporary Art Collection

Every year, new works are added to the Art Collection. Resident artists donate a work or a study for a work at the end of their work period. Some of these works are featured on the website.

The historical and contemporary art collections provide a look on three centuries of art education and artistic practice. The collections are diverse in nature and reflect in this way the diversity of the artists’ interests: there are prints, record sleeves, books, drawings, paintings, plasters, pictures, posters, medals, slides and digital material. Yearly, the Art Collection is being enriched with works by resident artists.

The collections can be visited by appointment.
Karishma d’Souza (IN, 1983), RA 12/13 Drawn Curtain, 2013, oil on canvas, 56 x 51 cm Karishma d’Souza (IN, 1983), RA 12/13 Drawn Curtain, 2013, oil on canvas, 56 x 51 cm