publication date 13-10-2015

Pauline Curnier Jardin at Performa 2015

Resident Pauline Curnier Jardin's (FR, 1980) performance will be a part of Performa 2015.

On 4, 5 and 6 November Curnier Jardin will take the public on a journey through the Renaissance via The Resurrection Plot: a series of singin tableaux vivants drawn from historic and anachronistic sources. November 10 she will give an Artist Class.

During Performa 2015 there will also be work on show by alumnus Ryan Gander (RA 01/02).

Performa 2015 takes place from 1-22 November in several venues through New York. Click for more information.

publication date 12-10-2015

Jouni Toni and Joost Krijnen win Royal Award for Modern Painting 2015

Last weekend resident Jouni Toni (FI, 1984) and alumnus Joost Krijnen (RA 13/14) were awarded with the Royal Award for Modern Painting 2015.

The prestigious prize were presented by King Willem-Alexander. Besides the two Rijksakademie artists also Rabi Koria and Lennart Lahuis received the award. The four artists received each 6.500 euro and will exhibit together with other nominees at the Royal Palace Amsterdam.

More information here.

publication date 7-10-2015

Otobong Nkanga wins 2015 Yanghyun Prize

The Yanghyun Foundation awarded the 2015 Yanghyun Prize to alumna Otobong Nkanga (RA 02/03). With the prize Nkanga wins a cash prize as well as a sponsorship for an exhibition at a world renowned art museum of her own choice.

The Yanghyun Prize was established in 2008 as the first international art prize by a Korean institution. The award ceremony will take place on November 12 at The National Museum of Korea. 

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publication date 7-10-2015

Performance by Nickel van Duijvenbode in the Appel

With his reading performance, resident Nickel van Duijvenboden (NL, 1981) will be part of the public program additional to the exhibition Choses Tuées by artist duo Gerlach en Koop in the Appel arts centre.

Van Duijvenboden will compose the text, that he will recite during the readingperformance, during the last night prior to the performance. He will spend this night in the Appel exhibition space.

The readingperformance will take place on Sunday October 11 from 11:00 until 13:00. In order to attend it is requested to make a reservation via Click for more information.

publication date 7-10-2015

Adrian Melis in the Appel arts centre

Resident Adrian Melis (CU, 1985) presents his work No Admittance at the Appel arts centre.

For the presentation Melis creates a space-filling installation that exists of empty wrappings and waste products. The waste material selected by Melis for the installation comes from Israëlian products that are consumated in The Netherlands. With this, he opens the dialogue concerning the political matter.

No Admittance opens on Friday October 9 and will be on show until November 1st. Click for more information.



publication date 23-9-2015

Paulina Olowska in Tate Modern

The site-specific theater performance and installation by alumna Paulina Olowska (RA 01/02) The Mother: An Unsavoury Play in Two Acts and an Epilogue will be presented for two weeks in Tate Modern as part of BMW Tate Live.

During the day, the installation functions as part of the collection and in the evening it is the set where Olowska's performance is situated.

The performance can be attended on wednesday 23 September at 19:00 and 20:00 and on friday 25 September at 22:00. The installation is on show until sunday 27 September.

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publication date 22-9-2015

Rijksakademie is looking for volunteers

During Museumnight (7 November) and RijksakademieOPEN 2015 (28 and 29 November, and preview days on 25 – 27 November) the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten will open its doors to the public. For both events we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with a variety of tasks, such as hosting, ticket control, catering, surveillance and more.
Would you like to be a part of (one of) these events and at the same being able to see what is happening behind the gates of the Rijksakademie? Sign up as a volunteer via!

publication date 22-9-2015

Dieuwke Spaans Stadstekenaar van Amsterdam 2015/2016

During Amsterdam Drawing 2015 alumna Dieuwke Spaans (RA 01/02) was appointed to be the new Stadstekenaar van Amsterdam (Official Draftsman of the city of Amsterdam). The title was handed over by the former official Draftsman of Amsterdam: Rijksakademie alumnus Hamid El Kanbouhi (RA 10/11).

The work by Dieuwke Spaans will be exhibited in the Amsterdam City Archive in 2016 (May-September).

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publication date 17-9-2015

First Solo Exhibition Fraser Stewart | September 19 - October 16

Rijksakademie Residents

The gallery All Together Now, based in Rotterdam, will present the first solo exhibition of Fraser Stewart (GB, 1986), titled Roofless

Roofless will show an installation of Stewart's latest body of work consisting of ceramics, etchings and sculpture. Balancing between the tragic and the humoristic Stewart exposes his artistic tools, his own physicality and narratives to the laws of physics.

Roofless opens friday September 18 at 19:00 hrs and runs until October 16.

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publication date 15-9-2015

Nominated artists for the Royal prize of Autonom Painting

Residents and alumni

Amongst the 24 nominated artists for this years Royal Award for Modern Painting are 3 Rijksakademie artists:

Eva Spierenburg (NL, 1987)
Jouni Toni (FI, 1984)
Joost Krijnen (RA 13/14)

The prize will be awarded on October 9 2015 by the Dutch king in the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Four of the nominated artists will be chosen as winners. The Royal Award was initiated in 1871 by Willem III as royal fund and it is meant to stimulate the young talents in the discipline of painting.

This year the jury of the Royal Award consists of Gijs Frieling (RA 94/95), Hans den Hartg Jager, Nanda Janssen, Iris Kensmil, Jan van der Ploeg, Benno Tempel (chairman) and Esther Tielemans (RA 01/02).

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publication date 9-9-2015

Joost Krijnen wins The Scheffer Prize 2015

Vereniging Dordrechts Museum (VDM) chose Rijksadamie alumnus Joost Krijnen (RA 13/14) to be the winner of the Scheffer Prize: the ecouragement prize for young visual artists, that is awarded once every two years.

The prize contains the purchase of a work by the winner and a solo exhibition organized by the Dordrechts Museum. The work that will be bought will be included in the museum collection.

This year the jury was formed by Suzanne Swarts (conservator Caldic Collection), Gerrit Willems (conservator Dordrechts Museum), Theun Okkerse and Ada van de Vijver-Hobijn (visual artists) and Geesken Bloemendal (head of VDM)

The solo exhibition by Joost Krijnen will take place from October 18 until February 21.

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Joost Krijnen, The Workshop, 2014 (image from RijksakademieOPEN 2014) Joost Krijnen, The Workshop, 2014 (image from RijksakademieOPEN 2014)

publication date 8-9-2015

Book presentation: The Shape of Evidence

What is the role of the document, the archive and the museum in today's culture?

How do contemporary artists alter our perception of these phenomena?

These questions, at the heart of The Shape of Evidence will be addressed at the book presentation at the Rijksakademie in collaboration with publisher Valiz on 16th September.

With: Sophie Berrebi, (author of The Shape of Evidence), Wayne Modest (researcher & curator), Arnisa Zeqo (art historian & curator) Wendelien van Oldenborgh (artist)
Where: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Sarphatistraat 470, 1018 GW Amsterdam
When: 16 September 2015, 20.30 h, doors open 19.45 h
Language: English
Entrance: Free
Reservation Required: please email to

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The Shape of Evidence: Contemporary Art and the Document (2015, Amsterdam) is supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Charema, Fonds voor Kunst en Geschiedenis

publication date 9-9-2015

Turiya Magadlela wins 2015 FNB Art Prize

Alumna Turiya Magadlela (RA 04) received the FNB Art Prize during the FNB JoburgArtFair.

Each of the 25 participating galleries at the fair, presented an artist to run for the prize.

The jury consisted of Koyo Kouoh (curator from Senegal) and Bisi Silva (curator from Nigeria). Magadlela received a cash prize and she gets the opportunity to show her work, a large-scale installation, in a dedicated space at the FNB JoburgArtFair

The fair will run until September 13. Click for more information.

publication date 3-9-2015

14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 | 5 September - 1 November

14e ISTANBUL BIENNALE: TUZLU SU SALTWATER | 5 September - 1 November, 2015 | WWW.14B.IKSV.ORG

Residents and alumni *

belit sag
Emre Hüner (RA 10/11)
Cevdet Erek (RA 05/06)
Cheng Ran (RA 13/14)
Gabriel Lester (RA 99/00
Guido van der Werve (RA 06/07)

Curator of the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

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publication date 3-9-2015

Exhibition 'Collection Waskiolty-Feldman' | 5 September - 17 October


Residents and alumni*

Johann Arens (DE/NL, 1981)
Catherine Biocca (IT/DE, 1984)
Kareem Lotfy (EG, 1985)
Christine Moldrickx (DE, 1984)
Naimé Perrette (FR, 1989)
Lisa Reitmeier (DL, 1984)
Smi Vukovic (RA 13/14)

Cinnnamon Gallery was initiated by alumnus Pieter Dobbelsteen (RA 00/01)

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publication date 26-8-2015

National Heritage Day 2015

In the weekend of 12 en 13 September the Rijksakademie takes once again part in Open Monumentendag (National Heritage Day). This year's theme is Arts and Craft. Visitors get the opportunity to visit the Rijksakademie workshops. You are welcome to take a tour of the former Kavallerie-Kazerne (Cavalry Barracks) between 10:00 and 17:00 hrs.

publication date 25-8-2015

Solo exhibition Anne de Vries in Foam

Foam presents E_MERGE, the first solo exhibition of ex-resident Anne de Vries (RA 11/12). The exhibition will open on Thursday 27 August. The exhibition brings science, art and spirituality together and shows De Vries' quest on how digital technologies are rooted in human need to overcome limitations. Alex de Vries his work varies from two dimensional digital photography to three dimensional sculptures and media installations.

The exhibition will be on show from 27 August until November 1st.

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publication date 24-8-2015

Lecture: The Radicality of Love by Srecko Horvat

Philosopher Srecko Horvat has been described as "one of the most exciting voices of his generation." His latest books include What Does Europe Want? (Columbia University Press, 2014) co-authored with Slavoj Zizek and Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia (Verso, 2014). Within the framework of his new book The Radicality of Love (Polity Press, 2015) the Croatian philosopher gives a lecture on Wednesday 23th September at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

Horvat considers the 21st century as a narcissistic culture in which love is missing and sex hyper inflated, due to new technologies of the self (Grindr, Tinder, online dating, etc.). He asks himself what would happen if we could stroll through the revolutionary history of the 20th century and ask the main protagonists - from Lenin to Che Guevara, from Alexandra Kollontai to Ulrike Meinhof - seemingly naïve questions about love? A century were the most radical revolutionaries like Lenin or Che were scared of the radicality of love. What is so radical about a seemingly conservative notion of love, why is it anything but conservative and why is love so surprisingly absent in our current culture? Horvat gives a possible answer to these questions.

The Radicality of Love, Srecko Horvat
Wednesday, September 23th, 20:00 hours
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten

Mail to attend the lecture. There are a limited number of places available.

publication date 20-8-2015

Unseen Photo Fair | 18 -20 September


Alumni *

Gwenneth Boelens - GRIMM (Amsterdam, NL)
Elspeth Diederix - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam, NL)
Charlotte Dumas - Andriesse Eyck (Amsterdam, NL)
Peggy Franck - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam, NL)
Ellen Kooi - TORCH (Amsterdam, NL)
Katrin Korfmann - Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles (CA), US)
Gabriel Lester - Fons Welters (Amsterdam, NL)
Alexandra Leykauf - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam, NL)
Paulien Oltheten - Fons Welters (Amsterdam, NL)
Lisa Oppenheim - Juliëtte Jongma (Amsterdam, NL)
Anne de Vries - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam, NL)
Berend Strik - Fons Welters (Amsterdam, NL)

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publication date 19-8-2015

Amsterdam Drawing | 17 - 20 September


Residents and alumni *

Karin Arink - Witteveen Visual Art Centre (Amsterdam)
Tim Ayres - PS projectspace (Amsterdam)
Paul Beumer – Dürst Britt & Mayhew (The Hague)
Olga Chernysheva – Diehl (Berlin)
Karishma D´souza – Dapiran Art Project Space (Utrecht)
Nickel van Duijvenboden - Galerie Rianne Groen (Rotterdam)
Henri Jacobs – Galerie Bernard Jordan (Paris, Zürich, Berlin)
Hamid El Kanbouhi – Galerie Nouvelles Images (Den Haag)
Marius Lut - PS Projectspace (Amsterdam)
Joost Krijnen – Gerhard Hofland (Amsterdam)
Sandro Setola – Cityscapes Gallery (Amsterdam)
Dieuwke Spaans – tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Wouter Venema – Galerie Rianne Groen (Rotterdam)

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Karishma D'souza (RA 12/13) Karishma D'souza (RA 12/13)

publication date 30-7-2015

Guest resident: Raja’a Khalid

Artist Raja’a Khalid will work as a guest resident at the Rijksakademie for a period of three months.

Raja’a Khalid (SA/PK/AE) is interested in the transnational histories of modernity. The past years she worked on a series of investigations related to the social and cultural documents of modernity projects in geographies as Arabian Gulf, Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan. She often worked from a large archive of found images, documents, sounds and texts from which she creates photographic works, videos and installations.
Raja’a Khalid, Desert Golf, 2014 Raja’a Khalid, Desert Golf, 2014

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.

publication date 2-7-2015

Circle of Friends Summer Luncheon 2014

Today was the annual Vriendenkring Zomerlunch (Circle of Friends Summer Luncheon). Friends of the Rijksakademie is given an exclusive preview of the 25 selected artists in residency year 2016. 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.

Picture: Roy Taylor/RABK

publication date 18-6-2015

Hamza Halloubi nominated Young Belgian Art Prize 2015

Resident Hamza Halloubi is nominated for the Young Belgian Art Prize 2015. During the summer Halloubi and the other nominees exhibit recent work at the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels. The awards ceremony takes place on 10 September.

Young Belgian Art Prize 2015
24 June - 13 September
Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

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publication date 15-6-2015

Resident Catherine Biocca wins Strabag Artaward

Resident Catherine Biocca received the Strabag Artaward International 2015.

Together with the other finalists, Biocca's work is on view at Strabag Kunstforum in Vienna until 28 August.

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publication date 4-6-2015

Paulina Olowska wins Aachen Art Prize 2014

Ex resident Paulina Olowska (RA 01/02) wins Aachen Art Prize 2014. On the occasion of this award she developed a site-specific exhibition Needle at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst.
In her artistic work Olowska trawls the historical sources of Modernism, delves into art and design history, and draws on fashion and advertising.

31 May - 20 September
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen

publication date 27-5-2015

Researching the library

The library regulary examines the historical book collection by connecting it to contemporary work. Currently the library presents Clouds with Japanese patternbooks, artists' books and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Alexander Cozens.

Curated by Hetty Huisman (VOID Editions)

Library is open: Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 - 17:00 hours

publication date 4-5-2015

Rijksakademie in scaffolding

The Rijksakademie is in scaffolding. Wall Anchors are being replaced, windows and gutters restored. The restoration work on the exterior of the Kavallerie-Kazerne will be ready before the summer. Next year, the Rijksakademie starts work in the courtyard.

publication date 16-4-2015

Venice Biennale 2015

9 May — 22 November 2015

- Exhibition -

All the World’s Futures
Mounira Al Solh
Rosa Barba
Olga Chernysheva
Dora García
David Maljkovic

- National Participations -

Vita Vitale
Jacco Olivier

Personnes et les autres
James Beckett

El artista entre la individualidad y el contexto
Olga Chernysheva

Iranian Highlights

Mahmoud Bakhshi
The Great Game
Mahmoud Bakhshi

United Dead Nations
Ivan Grubanov (solo)

Our Product
Pamela Rosenkranz (solo)

Pixels of Ubuntu/Unhu — Exploring the social and cultural identities of the 21st century
Gareth Nyandoro

Tiong Ang, Janis Rafa
Pamela Rosenkranz, Feeding, Fleeing, Fighting, Reproduction. Images courtesy of  Kunsthalle Basel. Photos by Gunnar Meier Pamela Rosenkranz, Feeding, Fleeing, Fighting, Reproduction. Images courtesy of Kunsthalle Basel. Photos by Gunnar Meier

publication date 14-4-2015

New acquisitions library

The library often acquires new books to the collection on request by residents. Look here for the new acquisitions.

Library opening hours: Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 - 17:00 hours.

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 13-10-2014

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