publication date 1-12-2014

It's a wrap! RijksakademieOPEN

RijksakademieOPEN 2014 is over! We want to thank all visitors who viewed the artist presentations, took part in tours, attended performances, listened to the Rijksakademie Radio and overall created a great atmosphere.

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.

Want to take a look back at what you saw? On Facebook and Instagram you can find many photos. The broadcasts of the Rijksakademie Radio are available here.
Studio of Mehraneh Atashi. Photo: Roy Taylor Studio of Mehraneh Atashi. Photo: Roy Taylor Photo: Roy Taylor Photo: Roy Taylor Performance by Young Eun Keem. Photo: Roy Taylor Performance by Young Eun Keem. Photo: Roy Taylor

publication date 28-11-2014

Live Rijksakademie Radio

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a live radio show at the Rijksakademie from 15.00 until 17.00.

It will be a varied program with artist performances, interviews and reporting from various locations in the building. The program and the live and recorded broadcast will be available on this page.

The radio shows will also be aired at Red Light Radio and This is Tomorrow.

On Sunday you can join us for the live broadcast in the Rabo Room at RijksakademieOPEN.
 
Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron

publication date 27-11-2014

Official opening RijksakademieOPEN 2014

New director of the Stedelijk Museum emphasized the important role of the Rijksakademie for artist development

Beatrix Ruf officially opened RijksakademieOPEN 2014. In her opening speech the new director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam emphasized how important - and how special - it is that the Rijksakademie gives time and space to artists to experiment and develop their work.

Beatrix Ruf: “I was impressed last time to see the workshops. [..]They’re almost like scientific labs where people are able to experiment and test things out. In a world where everything is directed to an immediate product, there is no time or funds to experiment. No time to say, ‘yes, maybe there is failure’. I think failure in the development of an artist is a very crucial thing.

Places like this that give space and time to young thinkers and artists to develop and question their ideas are very important. They’re getting more rare so they’re becoming more of an endangered species. And have to be treasured and saved all over the world.”


Alphons Kurstjens, chairman of
the executive board Rabobank Amsterdam, emphasized in his speech the important role of the Rijksakademie for the city: “Institutions like this make the city a lively place with room for imagination, creativity and connection.“

The results of the Rijksakademie residency can be seen this weekend during RijksakademieOPEN. Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November the doors of the studios are open from 11.00 - 19.00 hours.
Director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Beatrix Ruf and director Rijksakademie Els van Odijk. (Photo Roy Taylor/RABK) Director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Beatrix Ruf and director Rijksakademie Els van Odijk. (Photo Roy Taylor/RABK)

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. A special episode of Avro's Kunstuur will be broadcast about the artists.
Dina Danish, 'Brass Replica of Stone Age Chewing Gum', 2013 Dina Danish, 'Brass Replica of Stone Age Chewing Gum', 2013

publication date 27-11-2014

Nathaniel Mellors wins 'Contemporary Art Society's annual award'

The Contemporary Art Society's annual prize of 40,000 pounds has been given for Nathaniel Mellors' (Rijksakademie 07/08) idea for a video work set in Preston's bus station. The work will be realised in collaboration with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and made within the next year.
 
Nathaniel Mellors, Hippy Dialectics (Ourhouse), 2010. Photograph: ICA Nathaniel Mellors, Hippy Dialectics (Ourhouse), 2010. Photograph: ICA

publication date 25-11-2014

Final Preparations for RijksakademieOPEN 2014

Final preparations are being made for RijksakademieOPEN this weekend, 29 and 30 November.

For updates on the performance and film schedule, please check the website or RijksakademieOPEN Facebook event.

For more photographs of the preparations inside the studios, click here.
Ruta Butkute, photo by Roy Taylor Ruta Butkute, photo by Roy Taylor Shigeo Arikawa, photo by Roy Taylor Shigeo Arikawa, photo by Roy Taylor Gareth Nyandoro, photo by Roy Taylor Gareth Nyandoro, photo by Roy Taylor

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 13-11-2014

Gabriel Lester new Artist in Residence at Academy of Architecture

Gabriel Lester (Rijksakademie 99/00) has been named as the new Artist in Resident at the Academie of Architecture. The AIR program is a collaboration between several faculties of the Amsterdam School of the Arts. As resident, Lester will realise several unique educational projects.

The results of the program are published in the periodically released magazine ON AIR.

publication date 13-11-2014

Maria Barnas wins Anna Bijns Prize 2014

‎Rijksakademie‬ alumna Maria Barnas (Rijksakademie 99/00) has won the Anna Bijns Prize 2014. The prize is awarded for the best Dutch book written by a woman (and published within the past four years) and is awarded every two years.

Barnas's collection of poems, 'Jaja de oerknal' was published in 2013 and is available in the Rijksakademie library. Click here to see the opening times of the library.
 
Arbeiderspers 2013 Arbeiderspers 2013

publication date 12-11-2014

Design RijksakademieOPEN by Experimental Jetset

Experimental Jetset is responsible for the design of this year’s RijksakademieOPEN. The names of all 49 resident artists were distributed over posters, flyers and advertisement in such a way that each name occupies its own space. By stating that the artwork cannot be seen, it also explores matters such as representation and reproduction.
Image: Experimental Jetset Image: Experimental Jetset

publication date 23-10-2014

The Rijksakademie on Instagram

The Rijksakademie now has an Instagram account. Follow us to get a sneak peek at what is happening in the preparations for Museum Night and RijksakademieOPEN.

Additionally, we're posting photographs of work by residents currently in exhibitions in galleries and museums.

We can't be everywhere at one. Seen and posted photographs of work by residents? Tag us by using the hashtag #Rijksakademie!
Resident Paulien Barbas at work in the ceramics workshop. Resident Paulien Barbas at work in the ceramics workshop.

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 5-11-2014

Kemang Wa Lehulere winner Young Artist Prize 2015

Rijksakademie‬ resident Kemang Wa Lehulere has been named the winner in the visual arts category of the 2015 Young Artist Awards. The prize, organized by Standard Bank - South Africa, aims to promote young talent in South Africa in six different categories (dance, jazz, visual art, music, performance art, theatre).

As part of the award, Wa Lehulere’s work will make up part of the 2015 National Arts Festival main program in Grahamstown (South Africa) in July 2015.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, 'A Homeless Song', 2013. Kemang Wa Lehulere, 'A Homeless Song', 2013.

publication date 28-10-2014

Lisa Oppenheim winner Shpilman Photography Prize

Congratulations are in order to alumna Lisa Oppenheim (Rijksakademie 04/05), winner of the Shpilman Photography Prize 2014.

The prize is awarded every two years by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The ceremony takes place place December 16.
Lisa Oppenheim, New Photography, Installation View at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013 Lisa Oppenheim, New Photography, Installation View at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013

publication date 28-10-2014

Ade Darmawan Freedom lecture online

On 23 October alumnus Ade Darmawan (Rijksakademie 98/99) gave the 7th Freedom Lecture at De Balie, Amsterdam. If you were unable to make it to the event, the entire lecture is now available online.

Darmawan’s lecture will focus on his work, ideals and vision of freedom. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion with Jacqueline Hicks which will deal with how artists and communities can claim their space in the political, corporate and religious arena.

Ade Darmawan is the founder of artist's platform ruangrupa. The work of ruangrupa is closely connected to human rights issues in contemporary Indonesia. The organization focuses on involving young generation by using street and pop art within the urban and virtual space.
 
For each Freedom lecture, organized together with Amnesty International, a critical thinker gives a speech on the cause he or she is committed to. The line-up of speakers include human rights activists, defenders, writers, philosophers and artists.




 
photo by: Jan Boeve, De Balie, 2014. photo by: Jan Boeve, De Balie, 2014. photo by Jan Boeve, De Balie, 2014. photo by Jan Boeve, De Balie, 2014.

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

publication date 2-6-2014

Save the date RijksakademieOPEN: 29 and 30 November 30 2014 Artists of the Rijksakademie open their studios

The 50 resident artists of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (the renowned residency program) in Amsterdam will open the doors to their studios in the last weekend of November. During RijksakademieOPEN 2014, new developments in art are being presented.
 
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
A carefully selected group of artists from all continents come together in Amsterdam for a two year residency. The Rijksakademie offers them a professional working environment in which they can perform research and further develop their work. Artists are encouraged to take a critical look at their work and experiment. Cross-connections between different cultures are created, new techniques are explored and artistic disciplines mingle.

Unique possibilities
At the Rijksakademie, artists have the opportunity to develop complex and interdisciplinary projects that are otherwise difficult to realise. Technical specialists manage professionally equipped workshops in which artists can work and experiment with materials and techniques. An artist’s idea can become the starting point for new combinations and applications of materials or techniques. Collaborations with scientists and innovators from the business world are set up on a regular basis.

Art in society
But artists do not operate in isolation. Being an artist also involves confrontation, sharing, participating and showing. With RijksakademieOPEN, the Rijksakademie aims to contribute to the promotion of the artist’s role in society. 

In addition to the presentations during RijksakademieOPEN there will be among other things performances and tours and artist talks in RijksakademieTALKS.

RijksakademieOPEN 2014
Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November 2014
11:00-19:00 hrs

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Amsterdam Art Weekend during RijksakademieOPEN
Amsterdam Art Weekend (27-30 November) gives national and international art professionals and collectors the opportunity to spot the future high potentials early in their development. Galleries host exclusive exhibitions as part of diverse programs of film, performance and debate. A Rijksakademie route guides you along presentations by Rijksakademie alumni. It is a unique and extraordinary weekend, set against the fabulous backdrop of historic Amsterdam. www.amsterdamartweekend.nl