publication date 22-1-2015

Stedelijk Museum acquired work by alumni

Stedelijk Museum acquired two works by Rijksakademie alumni Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (RA 07/08) and Elspeth Diederix (RA 98/99) to the collection.

The works are part of the current exhibition On The Move. Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design. The show examines how photographers are increasingly exploring new ways of storytelling made possible by technological advances.

Check the site for more information.

The show runs until: Sunday February 22th.
Location: Museumplein 10, Amsterdam.
Persijn Broersen en Margit Lukacs, The Past Future. Persijn Broersen en Margit Lukacs, The Past Future.

publication date 22-1-2015

Several alumni acquired by collection De Nederlandsche Bank

De Nederlandsche Bank acquired in the year 2014 several work by Rijksakademie alumni. The work is currently on view in the exhibition space of De Nederlandsche Bank in Amsterdam. Work by both emerging and established artists has been added to the collection.

Rijksakademie alumni:
Danielle van Ark (RA 12/13)
Marijn van Kreij (RA 05/06)
Jean-Baptiste Maître (RA 09/10)
Florian Quistrebert (RA 12/13)
Berend Strik (RA 85/88)
Jennifer Tee (RA 00/01)
Derk Thijs (RA 09/10)
Roy Villevoye (RA 79/84)

The exhibition runs until: Friday February 13th.
Location: Westeinde 1, Amsterdam. On weekdays by appointment.
Daniëlle van Ark, Untitled, 2014. Daniëlle van Ark, Untitled, 2014.

publication date 20-1-2015

International Film Festival Rotterdam presents films Rijksakademie alumni

International Film Festival Rotterdam screens work by many former residents on several locations in Rotterdam.

Jakrawal Nilthamrong (RA 07/08) is nominated for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. The three winners in this competition receive a prize of 15,000 euro.
Melanie Bonajo (RA 09/10), Roy Villevoye (RA 79/84), Nina Yuen (RA 08/09) are nominated in the category Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.

The full list of ex-residents presented during the film fesitval:

Mounira Al Solh (RA 07/08), Now Eat My Script, 2014.
Manon de Boer (RA 90/92) met George van Dam, sequenza, 2014.
Melanie Bonajo (RA 09/10), Night Soil — Fake Paradise, 2014.
Jakrawal Nilthamrong (RA 07/08), Vanishing Point, 2015.
Pablo Pijnappel (RA 06/07), Lucas, 2013.
Janis Rafa (RA 13/14), Requiem to a Shipwreck, 2014.
Roy Villevoye (RA 79/84), Voice-Over, 2015.
Nina Yuen (RA 08/09), Raymond, 2014.

The festival runs from January 21 - February 1 in Rotterdam

For more information:
Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil – Fake Paradise, 2014. Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil – Fake Paradise, 2014.

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

Call for applications Rijksakademie Residency 2016 from 1 January - 1 February

The Rijksakademie offers residencies to emerging professional artists from both the Netherlands and abroad to develop their work and ideas at the highest level.

Resident artists work in an individual studio in the former Cavalry Barracks surrounded by approximately 50 peers from all over the world.

Ongoing dialogues take place with a group of prominent artists, theoreticians and professionals from other disciplines, who are connected to the Rijksakademie as advisors. Ideas can be developed in co-operation with a team of interdisciplinary technical specialists in well-equipped technical workshops.

Furthermore there is a theory workshop offering a specialized art library, (historical) collections as well as a program with seminars and discussions related to topics arising from the artist community.

Presentation of the work and connections to an international network form a part of the two-year residency program.

Every year, about 25 studios become available. The residency lasts one year and can be extended to two. Application for Residency 2016 is open from January 1st until February 1st by completing the online form.

More information on the application procedure.

image: Experimental Jetset

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 28-11-2014

Rijksakademie Radio

For the first time, there was live radio broadcasted from the Rijksakademie during RijksakademieOPEN. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there was a varied program with readings by artists, music, interviews and reports.

The broadcasts could be listened to live, and were also broadcasted on Red Light Radio and This is Tomorrow.

The recorded broadcasts of Rijksakademie Radio can be listened to here.
Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron

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

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

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Sarphatistraat 470
1018 GW Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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.