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 16-9-2014

Unseen Photo Fair

On the 18th of September Unseen Photo Fair opens to the public at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Works by several alumni will be shown and a number of them are part of this year’s ‘Unseen Premieres’; showing work that hasn’t been shown previously in a  gallery, institution, or online.

The Rijksakademie alumni exhibiting are:
Danielle van Ark (RA 12/13) – Seelevel Gallery
Charlotte Dumas (RA 01) – Galerie Paul Andriesse
Miklos Gaál (RA 08) – Wagner + Partner
Lucia Nimcova (RA 07/08)– Krokus Galeria
Paulien Oltheten (RA 05/06) – Galerie Fons Welters
Berend Strik – Galerie Fons Welters
Lisa Oppenheim (RA 04/05) – Juliètte Jongma
From 18-21 September
For more information, visit the Unseen Photo Fair website.
Photograph:  Berend Strik, 'Decipher The Artist’s Mind, Open End (Studio Desiree Dolron)', 2014 Photograph: Berend Strik, 'Decipher The Artist’s Mind, Open End (Studio Desiree Dolron)', 2014

publication date 16-9-2014

National Heritage Weekend 2014 success

Last weekend the Rijksakademie took part in the National Heritage Days 2014. The weekend was a success with 925 visitors.

Apart from the building, which had the central role during the guided tours, there was also an exhibition with works by Prix de Rome winners and Rijksakademie alumni.
Photograph: Sandra Felten Photograph: Sandra Felten Photograph: Amelie de Haan Photograph: Amelie de Haan

publication date 8-9-2014

Nominees Royal Award for Modern Painting 2014

One alumni and two 2015 residents have been nominated for the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2014 (Royal Award for Modern Painting). Jeffrey Dunsbergen (Rijksakademie 11/12), Koen Doodeman and Eva Spierenburg each stand a chance of winning one of the four awards. The award, which was instituted in 1871, is meant to stimulate encourage young painters in the Netherlands. The award ceremony takes place October 10 2014 in Amsterdam; the exhibition with works by the winners opens 11 October.

Jeffrey Dunsbergen,  '16mm # 3', 60 x 80 cm., acrylic on canvas, 2012 Jeffrey Dunsbergen, '16mm # 3', 60 x 80 cm., acrylic on canvas, 2012

publication date 25-8-2014

Overview exhibitions in Amsterdam in September

Eight Amsterdam based galeries will start the new season on September 6th with (solo) exhibitions by Rijksakademie artists: *

Jeanine Hofland contemporary art
Maarten Overdijk (solo) - Trial blank, printer’s proof, canceled plate

Annet Gelink
Yael Bartana (solo) - True Finn
Meiro Koizumi, David Maljkovic - Amsterdam Drawiong Extended (in The Bakery)

Martin van Zomeren
Anne de Vries (solo) - The Oil We Eat

Galerie Fons Welters
Olga Balema, Folkert de Jong - Affinities #1

Stigter van Doesburg
Elspeth Diederix (solo)

Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Pim Blokker, Kianoosh Motallebi, Gino Saccone, Steve Van den Bosch - Event Horizon

Galerie van Gelder
Aditya Mandayam (solo) - Sukuranburu Kosaten by Indigenous Genitalman

Torch Gallery
Ellen Kooi - Various artists - 30 years of Torch

In the same weekend the art fair We Like Art will take place in the Westergasfabriek, with work by amongst others Tim Ayres, Elspeth Diederix, Charlotte Dumas, Paul Kooiker, Katrin Korfmann, Germaine Kruip, Jurriaan Molenaar, Malin Persson, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Dieuwke Spaans, Chantal Spit, Fiona Tan, Nicoline Timmer, Roy Villevoye and Marjolijn de Wit.

See pdf for a complete overview of exhbitions and art fairs in September with work by Rijksakademie artists.
* latest update 03-09-2014 / subject to change


publication date 21-8-2014

Alumni nominated for Wolvecampprijs 2014

We would like to congratulate all three nominees for the Wolvecampprijs 2014. All three are alumni of the Rijksakademie: Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti (RA 06/07), Esther Tielemans (RA 01/02) and Marijn van Kreij (RA 05/06). The Wolvecampprijs, organized by HeArtpool, is a biannual prize for artists under 40 based in the Netherlands. The award ceremony will be held 25 September in Hengelo.

publication date 24-7-2014

New Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board Rijksakademie

Chris Buijink and Defne Ayas join the Supervisory Board on the Rijksakademie. Chris Buijink, Chairman of the Dutch Banking Association, will be the new President and replaces Louise Gunning-Schepers who dedicated herself to the Rijksakademie since 2008. Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam joins as a member and takes the place of Karel Schampers, whose term expired.

Louise Gunning-Schepers steps back because she wants to focus her full attention on the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
"With great pleasure I’ve been Chairman of the Supervisory Board for 6 years. Now the building, Kavallerie-barracks, is owned and after the hefty reorganization there is a wonderful organization. In full confidence I carry the baton over to Chris Buijink. And of course I continue to closely follow the Rijksakademie." – Louise Gunning-Schepers

Chris Buijink: "My curiosity for thinking ' out of the box', innovation and renewal is why an Institute like the Rijksakademie interests me. I find it an honor to take over the Presidency of Louise and will like to commit myself to an institution with such a great history and strong international reputation and at the same time, such a focus on continuous renewal and talent development of ever new generations of artists."

Chris Buijink is Chairman of the Dutch Banking Association (as of 1 June 2013). Earlier, he worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He was Director-general of Enterprise and Innovation. In 2007, he was appointed Secretary-general.

The background and experience of Mr Buijink in the public sector is a good addition to the areas of expertise/portfolios of the members of the Supervisory Board. His interest and direct involvement in innovation and creativity are in line on one of the spearheads of the Rijksakademie.

Defne Ayas is since 2012 Director of Witte de With in Rotterdam. She is also co-director and co-founder of Arthub Asia, curator Performa, New York, United States (2005 – present) and formerly lecturer art history New York University in Shanghai, China (2006-2011) and new media and public program coordinator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, United States. With her international network, knowledge and experience, anchored in the (Visual) Arts, Ayas connects well with the international functioning of the Rijksakademie.

publication date 28-6-2014

New in the Rijksakademie library

Daphne Pappers, Myriam Mihindou, and Liesbeth Levy, Common Skin, Amsterdam 2014.

In Common Skin, the first volume in the series Context Without Walls, philosopher Liesbeth Levy and Daphne Pappers disclose the work of the artist Myriam Mihindou and the power of dialogue. Levy bases her essay on the work of the 20th century philosopher Emmanuel Levinas concerning the confrontation with the other. Daphne Pappers analyses Mihindou’s artistic practice: the objects, photo series and films show a coming to terms with collective pasts, imagined in ritual. The heart of the publication comprises an artists' part in which Myriam Mihindou for the first time reveals the relationship between sketches, notes and key works.

publication date 3-7-2014

Circle of Friends Summer Luncheon 2014

Today was the annual Vriendenkring Zomerlunch (Circle of Friends Summer Luncheon). After the presentation of the new selection of 21 artists for Rijksakademie Residency 2015 alumnus Tjebbe Beekman (RA 03/04) looked back on his Residency period, and Birgit Donker, director of the Mondriaan Fund, spoke about the importance of talent development. Directly after the Friends went to table with the residents.
The Circle of Friends of the Rijksakademie consists of companies, foundations and private donors that contribute substantially to the Rijksakademie, including through Fellowship donations and sponsored workshops. They are actively involved in the institute and the artists who work here.

Pictures Roy Taylor/Rijksakademie.
Director Mondriaan Fund Birgit Donker Director Mondriaan Fund Birgit Donker Alumnus Tjebbe Beekman Alumnus Tjebbe Beekman

publication date 2-7-2014

Selection artists Rijksakademie Residency 2015 announced

The following artists will be invited to the Rijksakademie Residency 2015:

Juliaan Andeweg (1986, NL)
Josefin Arnell (1984, SE/NL)
Mercedes Azpilicueta (1981, IT/AR/NL)
Pauline Curnier Jardin (1980, FR)
Koen Doodeman (1987, NL)
Alex Farrar (1986, GB/NL)
Marije Gertenbach (1990, NL)
Margaret Haines (1984, CA/US)
Hamza Halloubi (1982, MA)
Tamar Harpaz (1979, IL/US)
Chia Wei Hsu (1983, TW)
Kareem Lotfy (1985, EG/NL)
Christine Moldrickx (1984, DE)
Matthijs Munnik (1989, NL)
Thierry Oussou (1988, BJ)
Noah Ryu (1984, KR)
Eva Spierenburg (1987, NL)
Dit-Cilinn Sundqvist (1983, SE/TH/DE)
Robbert Weide (1975, NL)
Geo Wyeth (1984, US)
Aimée Zito Lema (1982, NL/AR

Last 3 July the selection was announced to friends and partners of the Rijksakademie during the annual Circle of Friends’ Summer Luncheon. The artists were selected from over 1,300 applicants by an independent jury of international experts. From the selected artists, 11 come from the Netherlands and 10 from abroad. The judging of applicants from the Netherlands was in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund, who will provide practice based research grants for Dutch resident artists.

publication date 2-7-2014

Winners Buning Brongers Prijzen 2014

We would like to congratulate Rijksakademie residents Jisahn Ahn, Sam Samiee and alumna Jeannoux van Deijck for being awarded with the Buning Brongers Prijzen 2014.
Seven artists won the Buning Brongers Prijs and all receive a price of €4500,-. The exhibition will take place from 10 to 25 October at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. In addition to the exhibition a catalogue with work by the winners will be published.
The awards will be presented during the grand opening on Friday 10 October 2014 at 5pm.

publication date 23-6-2014

New in the Rijksakademie library

Nickel van Duijvenboden (ed.), Gwenneth Boelens: In Two Minds, Amsterdam 2014.
Design Roger Willems; afterword Lorenzo Benedetti.
In Two Minds documents Rijksakademie alumna Gwenneth Boelens (RA 06/07) practice of the past ten years, comprising photography and sculpture, as well as performative and filmic works.

An extensive chapter of notes, written by her partner and editor, and Rijksakademie resident Nickel van Duijvenboden, illuminates Boelens' work and evolving attitudes from an intimate and studious perspective. Conversations and reflections are punctuated by illustrations and process images, as well as citations from twentieth-century literature and philosophy, such as by Bergson, Valéry, Merleau-Ponty and Woolf.

A sense of searching pervades the publication, visually as well as intellectually, resulting in a meditation on experience, thought, memory and process.

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.  

publication date 6-5-2014

Kemang Wa Lehulere receives International Tiberius Art Award Dresden

We would like to congratulate resident Kemang Wa Lehulere for winning the first International Tiberius Art Award Dresden.
Worth 20,000 euros, the award was launched in 2013 as a tribute to outstanding contemporary artists from outside Europe. The award consists of the purchase of one work and funding. Kemang Wa Lehulere is invited to create a work of art for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Image: Kemang Wa Lehulere, ‘Untitled Thirteen’, 2012, © Copyright 2012, STEVENSON. All rights reserved. Image: Kemang Wa Lehulere, ‘Untitled Thirteen’, 2012, © Copyright 2012, STEVENSON. All rights reserved.