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 12-11-2014

Getting ready for RijksakademieOPEN

The Rijksakademie is getting ready for RijksakademieOPEN, which will be held on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of November. All 49 artists of the Rijksakademie welcome the public into their studio and present their works. In addition to the studio presentations, there is a film and performance program, there are guided tours and this year also a radio show broadcasted live from the Rijksakademie. Check the website for updates about the program:

We are very grateful for the support of the benefactors of RijksakademieOPEN - main sponsor Rabobank, Fonds 21, VSBfonds, K.F. Hein Fonds, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Stichting Het Amsterdamsche Fonds and Stichting 'De Gijselaar-Hintzenfonds' for the publication.
Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan

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 opens 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 bookstore. 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 6-11-2014

Museum Night Success

Over one thousand people visited the studios, film program, took the crash course looking at art or one of our tours during Museum Night at the Rijksakademie. They got a glimpse of what is in store for them during RijksakademieOPEN 2014. The Museum Night wristband gives free entrance to this event.
We’d like to thank all volunteers for helping out. For RijksakademieOPEN we are still looking for extra volunteers. Email for more information.
Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan

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 15-10-2014

Guest resident Cristiana De Marchi

Cristiana De Marchi is a guest resident at the Rijksakademie until October 24. In her work writer and artist De Marchi explores issues related to verbalization and translation, to the correspondence between physical and nominal dimensions. She works in different media such as performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries.

By using a monochrome palette, De Marchi is able to draw attention to the issues of conflict regions with a subtlety  that forces the viewer to look closer and for a longer amount of time. During her time at the Rijksakademie she has been working with Braille as a vehicle to translate constitutional texts into a different code. Thinking through the creation of this illegibility about the actual negligence and violations of those same fundamental rights. One of the projects she has been working on during her guest residency is using the same technique working on the statutes and activity of the International Criminal Court and Special Tribunal for Lebanon, both set in the Netherlands, under international premises.
Cristiana De Marchi, 2014 Cristiana De Marchi, 2014 Cristiana De Marchi, 2014 Cristiana De Marchi, 2014 Photo: Amelie de Haan Photo: Amelie de Haan

publication date 23-9-2014

Museum Night 2014 at the Rijksakademie

This year the Rijksakademie is once again participating in Amsterdam Museum Night with an evening filled with events on November 1. The Rijksakademie is open from 19:00 until 2:00.

Crash course looking at art
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Learn in a master class how you can view an artwork and form your own opinion.

Hard hat tours
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The whole night tours are given that allow you to go to parts of the building where other visitors can’t. You’ll discover what makes up this artist space.

Studio tours
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Artists of the Rijksakademie will take you to their own studios.
21.15 Marcel van den Berg
22.15 Ehsan Ul Haq
23.15 Masha Ru

Open studios
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Get the unique opportunity to enter the domain of the artist and see how he or she works.
Presentation Janis Rafa
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In the project space, Janis Rafa presents a videowork.       
Artist films
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15 artists of the Rijksakademie show their video work. Relax, drink a beer and let yourself be surprised.

Drinks, food, music
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Spicy cocktails, tantalizing dishes and rugged beats.

Buy your tickets here and make sure to have a look at the Facebook event.
Photo: Ernst van Deursen Photo: Ernst van Deursen

publication date 23-9-2014

Assist us at RijksakademieOPEN

The Rijksakademie is looking for volunteers to help during RijksakademieOPEN (29 and 30 November with preview days from 26 to 28 November). During this event we can use help with welcoming the public.
Duties will include the following: welcoming the public, checking tickets, studio attending, cloakroom, bar, flyers and much more.
Are you interested in making a valuable contribution to this dynamic event? Then sign up for the volunteer group of the Rijksakademie via

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 17-9-2014

Researching the library

With small presentations in the vitrines of the reading room the Rijksakademie library will highlight some parts or titles from its diverse book collection. This can take any form—cooperation with other institutions, artist talks, small discussions—and will have a variety of themes.

In the coming period we will take the collection of Japanese woodblock pattern books printed around 1900 as a starting point. Taking different angles into account we hope to generate more in-depth knowledge, but, above all, want to take this opportunity to show the prints.

From today, September 17th, the presentation focuses on the relation between text and image. The woodblock prints are accompanied by works by Takeo Hanazawa, lent to us by Junko Shimada, Tokyo, and the collection Huisman-Jurriëns.

You are most welcome to visit during the opening times of the library and share your thoughts and knowledge with us.

Opening times: Wed-Fri, 11.00-17.00
Takeo Hanazawa, 'Revolution will not be televised', 2011. Takeo Hanazawa, 'Revolution will not be televised', 2011. Japanese Woodblock print book. Japanese Woodblock print book.

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.