publication date 21-7-2016

Rijksakademie nominated for AICA Award 2016

On Thursday July 21 the AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art) presented the organizations nominated for the AICA Award 2016:

"What we thought important in our choice of the three nominees was, aside from their active contribution to the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, a unique and constant position, both nationally and internationally, in addition to a recognizable and strong own signature", said the jury. 
The press release of AICA Netherlands (International Association of Art Critics) says about the Rijksakademie: "Not only time and intellectual expertise, but also space, money and well-equipped work places with highly qualified technicians are at the disposal of participants. That the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam is often of decisive importance to the development of artistic talent and substantially contributes to an international breakthrough, is certain. The jury particularly appreciates the fact that this institution, despite the ongoing turmoil because of cutbacks, has maintained a constant, high quality for so many years."

publication date 7-7-2016

Rijksakademie announces artists Residency 2017

Today the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam announces which 20 artists were selected from the more than 1,400 entries for the coveted residencies in 2017.
The Rijksakademie contributes to the development and renewal of the artistic practice by carefully selecting talented and ambitious artists for a work period. This two-year program offers artists theoretical, technical and artistic facilities. Research into, experimentation with, and development of the work are central aspects in the programme. The new group, consisting of 10 Dutch and 10 foreign artists, joins the 25 artists who started their residency in 2016.

The selection committee consists of internationally renowned artists and professionals who are attached to the Rijksakademie and act as advisors. The advisors guide and coach the artists during their residency through studio visits and theoretical guidance.

The artists of the 2017 residency year:

Tyna Adebowale (NG)
Isabelle Andriessen (NL)
Esteban Cabeza de Baca (US)
CHE Onejoon (KR)
Gaëlle Choisne (FR)
Anna Dasovic (NL)
Danielle Dean (GB/US)
Maurice van Es (NL)
Ana Maria Gómez López (CO/US/DE)
Ceel Mogami de Haas (NL/CH)
Femke Herregraven (NL)
Polina Kanis (RU)
Arvo Leo (CA)
Jenny Lindblom (SE/NL)
Laura O’Neill (GB)
Josse Pyl (BE/NL)
Nora Turato (HR/NL)
Kubilay Mert Ural (TR)
Riet Wijnen (NL)
Marieke Zwart (NL)

The artists of 2017 were announced during the annual Vriendenkring Summer Lunch. The Rijksakademie Vriendenkring (Circle of Friends) is composed of individuals, funds and companies who make substantial contributions to the Rijksakademie. They are actively involved in the institute and the artists who work there.

The Rijksakademie is funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Mondriaan Fund, the City of Amsterdam and through the Trust Fund Rijksakademie.

publication date 31-5-2016

Raad voor Cultuur (Culture Council)

The Raad voor Cultuur (Culture Council), in its advice for the upcoming arts plan period, has again brought the government subsidy for the Rijksakademie entirely within the framework of the basic infrastructure. The policy has been positively received and the Council recognizes the significance and quality of the Rijksakademie both nationally and internationally, as well as its great value for the development of artistic talent.

There are, however, two areas of focus. The Council feels that the Rijksakademie relies heavily on its tradition and reputation. In this context, the Council has expressed its fear that innovation and profiling might receive insufficient attention. The Rijksakademie, however, holds the view that it is precisely "the rich history and great reputation, proven quality and impact on artists and artistry" that provide the opportunity to work on both innovation and our position as an institution. This is partly reflected in the developments and innovations in the technical infrastructure as well as the new cooperation projects with (inter) national partners. Because of our focus on the individual guidance of the artist, the objective and operation of the institute might not always be clear. All the more reason to communicate better about it.

The second issue concerns the call for further cooperation with De Ateliers. After having worked on this initiative in the last cultural plan period in a constructive and committed manner, the Rijksakademie will re-assess what the possibilities are with De Ateliers.
We are in contact with both the Council and the Ministry on both issues, in part because the Council might see these as reasons to grant the Rijksakademie less subsidy than in the past four years.

publication date 9-6-2016

Art Basel 2016

Art Basel, Basel (CH)
16-19 June, 2016

Residents and alumni         
Mounira Al Solh - Sfeir-Semler (Hamburg, DE)
Yael Bartana - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam, NL), Petzel (New York, US)
Manon de Boer - Jan Mot (Brussel, BE)
Leidy Churchman - Murray Guy (New York, US)
Johan Creten - Perrotin (Paris, FR)
Thomas Demand - Esther Schipper (Berlin, DE), PKM (Seoul, KR), Sprüth Magers (Berlin, DE)
Mounir Fatmi - Goodman (Johannesburg, ZA)
Alicia Framis - Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Meschac Gaba - Tanya Bonakdar (New York, US)
Dora García - ProjecteSD (Barcelona, ES)
Meiro Koizumi - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam, NL)
Moshekwa Langa - Stevenson (Cape Town, ZA)
David Maljkovic - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam, NL),  Blondeau & Cie (Genève, CH), Georg Kargl (Wien, AT), Massimo Minini (Brescia, IT), Metro Pictures (New York, US)
Bjarne Melgaard - Guido W. Baudach (Berlin, DE)
Shahryar Nashat - RODEO (London, GB)
Katja Novitskova - Green Naftali (New York, US)  Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin, DE)
Paulina Olowska - Metro Pictures (New York, US), Simon Lee (London, GB), Foksal (Warsaw, PL)
Hans Op de Beeck - Continua (San Gimignano, IT), Krinzinger (Vienna, AT)
Lisa Oppenheim - Tanya Bonakdar (New York, US), The Approach (London, GB)
Amalia Pica - Herald St (London, GB), König (Berlin, DE)
Cheng Ran - Urs Meile (Luzern, CH)
Jimmy Robert - Tanya Leighton (Berlin, DE)
Pamela Rosenkranz - Miguel Abreu (New York, US), Sprüth Magers (Berlin, DE), Karma International (Zürich, CH)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo - Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Monika Sosnowska - Gisela Capitain (Cologne, DE), Foksal (Warsaw, PL)
(Visiting) advisors      

Mike Nelson - Franco Noero (Turin, IT) 
Paul Sietsema - Matthew Marks (New York, US)
Leidy Churchman - Murray Guy (New York, US)
Hans Op de Beeck - Marianne Boesky (New York, US), Continua (San Gimignano, IT), Krinzinger (Vienna, AT)
Cheng Ran - Urs Meile (Luzern, CH)
Pamela Rosenkranz - Miguel Abreu (New York, US), Karma International (Zürich, CH), Sprüth Magers (Berlin, DE)
Manon de Boer - Jan Mot (Brussel, BE)
Fiona Tan - Frith Street (London, GB)
Live performances around Münsterplatz
Mathilde Rosier - Abstracting Attraction


Liste 20, Basel (CH)
14-19 June, 2016

Residents and alumni   
Olga Balema - Croy Nielsen (Berlin, DE)
Catherine Biocca - Jeanine Hofland (Amsterdam, NL)
Dina Danish - Stigter Van Doesburg (Amsterdam, NL)
Peggy Franck - Stigter Van Doesburg (Amsterdam, NL)
Ruben Grilo - NoguerasBlanchard (Barcelona/Madrid, ES)
Jasper Hagenaar - Jeanine Hofland (Amsterdam, NL)
Turiya Magadlela - Blank (Cape Town, ZA)
Jill Magid - Labor (Mexico city, MX)
Erkka Nissinen - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam, NL)
Amalia Pica - Stigter Van Doesburg (Amsterdam, NL)
Jean-Charles Quillacq - Marcelle Alix (Paris, FR)
Florian et Michael Quistrebert - Crèvecoeur (Paris, FR)
Volta 12, Basel (CH)
13-18  June, 2016

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács - Akinci (Amsterdam, NL)
Kristof Kintera - Jiri Svestka (Praha, CZ)
Jan van der Ploeg - Taubert Contemporary (Berlin, DE)

Mathilde Rosier
In Revolution: Resolution of Some Hierarchic Orders Der TANK
24/5 – 24/6
Jan van der Ploeg
Kunsthaus Baselland
27/5 – 17/7
Monika Sosnowska
Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016
Kunstmuseum Basel
19/4 – 18/9


Olga Chernysheva, Thomas Demand, Jill Magid, Ahmet Ögut, Paulina Olowska, Amalia Pica, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Pilvi Takala, Jennifer Tee
What People Do for Money
Manifesta 11
This list is based on the available information on June 9, 2016 and subject to change.


publication date 9-6-2016

Manifesta 11 - What People Do for Money

Manifesta 11
What People Do for Money. Some joint ventures
Zürich, CH
11 June - 18 September

This year, Zürich (Switzerland) is the host city of the eleventh edition of the nomadic biennial Manifesta, entitled What People Do For Money: Some joint ventures. The first part of the biennial is New Productions: Artists and their hosts, in which 30 selected artists from 17 countries are connected to a host from another discipline. Alumna Jennifer Tee
(RA 00/01) collaborated with the Head of the Funeral and Cemeteries of Zürich and is developing an installation at a funeral home.

The second part of Manifesta, The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction, brings together artistic positions from the past and the present to examine how work can be subject of artistic reflection. At the same time, the selected works illuminate the concrete working conditions under which art is produced. Works of the following Rijksakademie alumni are displayed in this exhibition:

Olga Chernysheva (RA 94/95)
Thomas Demand (RA 95)
Jill Magid (RA 01/02)
Ahmet Ögüt (RA 07/08)
Paulina Olowska (RA 01/02)
Amalia Pica (RA 04/05)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo (RA 05/06)
Pilvi Takala (RA 09/10)

publication date 31-5-2016

Sonsbeek '16: transACTION

On saturday June 4 SONSBEEK '16 will open its doors. The 11th edition is, entitled transACTION, is curated by ruangrupa. This collective from Jakarta is founded in 2000 by alumnus Ade Darmawan (RA 98/99), as part of RAIN a global platform that connects artists’ initiatives that have been founded by Rijksakademie alumni.

ruangrupa is strongly connected to the Indonesian culture, in which community, collectivism and friendship are key. For ruangrupa, contemporary art is necessarily about working together and connecting between individuals and groups. In SONSBEEK ’16, ruangrupa explores the connection between park and city, residents and urban developments and public spaces. New forms of exchange and interaction can shed a different light on societal matters that are important to all of us.

SONSBEEK ’16 presents works of Rijksakademie alumni on different locations:

- park -

Maze de Boer (RA 07/08)
Rossella Biscotti (RA 10/11)
Folkert de Jong (RA 98/99)

- museum - 

Otobong Nkanga (RA 02/03)
Marco Paulo Rolla (RA 98/99)
Roy Villevoye (RA 79/84)

- city -

Michael Blum (RA 00/01)
Sebastian Diaz Morales (RA 00/01).

Furthermore, the ruru huis plays an important role. Reinaert Vanhoe (RA 99/00) is programmer of this place to work and to meet, much like ruangrupa’s house in Jakarta.

SONSBEEK '16 opens on the 4th of June and ends the 18th of September.

publication date 31-5-2016

Artist books Antoinette Nausikaä

On Thursday the 16th of June at 16:00 hours  the Reading Room of our library opens a small presentation of the artist books of Antoinette Nausikaä (RA 09/10).

Apart from installations, publications are an important part of her artistic practice. The autonomous books function as a medium, in which she creates a platform for her work as she would do in an exhibition space.

Antoinette Nausikaä works on site specific projects, mostly on sites where nature and urbanism collide. These sites temporarily become her work- and living space. By observing, she researches how perception and behaviour is related to time, space and identity. The personal connection with her direct surroundings are central within this interaction.
Since 2002, she created twelve self-published artist books from specific locations or periods of time. The structures that combine photography, drawings, documentations of thoughts and observations, result into a poetical, journal-like and personal character. They become an increasingly important part of her oeuvre. In 2016 all publications will be included in the library collection of the Rijksakademie.
The presentation is on display till the 26th of august.

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publication date 31-3-2016

10 years cooperation between Rijksakademie and Korea: exhibition

Tomorrow, the exhibition Emerging Other opens at the Arko Art Center in Seoul on the occasion of 10 years of cooperation between the Rijksakademie and the Arts Council Korea (Arko). Arko supports the residency of Korean artists with a Fellowship. Since 2015, thirteen residents have received an Arko Fellowship.
Aside from new work by Arko Fellows, the exhibition also presents works that were realised during their residency in Amsterdam and that were never before on view in Korea. The presentation focuses on the impact of a stay at the Rijksakademie and the personal experiences of the artists. Part of the exhibition is set up as an archive with interviews and reports on the Korean residents. It provides tools to follow and share the artists’ experiences and the development of their work.
Emerging Other can be visited from April 1 – June 19, 2016 in the Arko Art Center of the Arts Council Korea, Seoul, South Korea.
The following alumni of Rijksakademie present works in the exhibition and/or are presented in the accompanying publication: Sung Hwan Kim, Kwang-Ju Son, Go Eun Im, Min Oh, Shiu Jin, Goeun Bae, Jisan Ahn and Sanghee Song.
Other alumni have also been supported by the Arts Council Korea, namely Jewyo Rhii, Yang Ah Ham, Jisun Kim and Young Eun Kim. Noah Ryu is the 2016 artist-in-residence with an Arko Fellowship.

publication date 16-3-2016

Launch Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship for African artist at the Rijksakademie

Yesterday Han Nefkens, writer, collector and patron, launched the Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship Fund. The Fellowship supports the residency of an African artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The fund is a tribute to Jacqueline van Tongeren who, along with her life partner Joep Lange, lost her life in the MH17 disaster. The Joep Lange Institute has been established in memory of his extraordinary work in the field of HIV and AIDS; its opening coincides with the launch of the fund.

The first Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship is awarded to the Benin artist Thierry Oussou (1988). Oussou was selected for a residency at the Rijksakademie out of over 1,300 entries. Oussou uses his artistry to express the rich history of his country Benin, and zooms in on the complexity of social structures that exist between the community and the individual. His work tells stories that refer to the local history of Benin, but also touch upon international and universal trends. An artist that connects with the life and passion of Jacqueline van Tongeren.

Jacqueline van Tongeren was the Director of Communications and Liaison Officer of Professor Joep Lange at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). Last year, she was particularly involved in the annual INTEREST Workshop, an African scientific conference for the most talented researchers. Her passion lay in connecting people and sharing knowledge in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Jacqueline had a great passion for art; she collected art and dreamed of opening a gallery, just as she had done earlier in the 70s and 80s in Amsterdam. With the Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship Fund, her passion continues and promising African artists are given welcome support in their professional development.

Han Nefkens:
'In the avalanche of deserved accolades for Joep Lange in the media, Jacqueline remains underexposed. And that is a shame, because she was a very special person as well. Jacqueline was a beautiful, sensitive woman whose life consisted of giving. She could also truly enjoy beautiful moments. Great food, ballet, art or a beautiful presentation. The Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship for artists from Africa brings together her passion for the continent and for culture and keeps the memory alive of a very warm and generous human being.’

Els van Odijk, director of the Rijksakademie:
‘The Rijksakademie is pleased and honoured with the establishment of the Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship Fund. This Fellowship contributes to the professional career of an African artist. The development of work, the strengthening of position, respect and recognition within an international community of professionals are elements that give the artist tools to develop their own position and play a role in the local field. It is very special to give meaning to the memory of Jacqueline van Tongeren in this way.’

publication date 18-11-2015

Aqui Africa: Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists

Resident Thierry Oussou (BJ, 1988) will show the video Unite (2015) during Aqui Africa: Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists. The video resulted out of a collaborative project that also included residents Mercedes Azpilicueta (AR, 1988) and Koen Doodeman (NL, 1987).

The exhibition, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, is concerned with concepts inherent to African history and culture and brings together contemporary artists from the international artistic scene.

Aqui Africa will open on November 19 and runs until March 20 at SESC Belezhino in São Paulo.
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19 November - 28 February

publication date 2-7-2015

Selection artists Rijksakademie Residency 2016 announced

The following artists are invited to the Rijksakademie Residency 2016:

Monira Al Qadiri (KW)
Leonardiansyah Allenda (ID)
Inez de Brauw (NL)
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen (NL)
Xinyi Cheng (CN/US)
Kate Cooper (GB)
Jonathan van Doornum (NL)
Deniz Eroglu (DK/TR)
Becket Flannery (US)
Takeshi Ikeda (JP)
Frederique Jonker (NL)
Sam Keogh (IE/GB)
Mauricio Limón de León (MX/ES)
Basir Mahmood (PK)
Claudia Martínez (PE)
Inge Meijer (NL)
Funda Gül Özcan (DE)
Evelina Rajca (DE/NL)
Floris Schönfeld (NL/US)
Joscha Steffens (DE)
Iqra Tanveer (PK/NL)
Adam Ulbert (HU/NL)
Rutger de Vries (NL)
Tchelet Weisstub (IL/NL)

The artists were selected from over 1,300 applicants by an independent jury of international experts. From the selected artists, 12 come from the Netherlands and 13 from abroad. 2 July the selection was announced to friends and partners of the Rijksakademie during the annual Circle of Friends’ Summer Luncheon.
De Rijksakademie is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam City Council and by the Trust Fund Rijksakademie.