publication date 27-8-2014

stedelijk|forum at Rijksakademie September 5

Interview Rayyane Tabet by Beirut

September 5, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Public interview with Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet, conducted by the curators of independent art space Beirut (Cairo).
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Trouw Invites… Beirut, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, the Stedelijk Museum and TrouwAmsterdam are proud to present a public interview with artist Rayyane Tabet (1983, Ashqout). The interview will be conducted by curators Antonia Alampi, Jens Maier-Rothe and Sarah Rifky. Together they form the curatorial team of Beirut, an independent art space based in Cairo that has gained international recognition for its engaging and cutting-edge programs and exhibitions.
As an homage to the history and building of club Trouw – January 3, 2015, was recently announced as the club’s closing date – the Stedelijk Museum and TrouwAmsterdam organize the exhibition series Trouw Invites… Three international art institutions are invited to curate the basement space of TrouwAmsterdam: Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Beirut (Cairo) and the New Museum (New York).
For this second installment of the series, which opens on September 4 at TrouwAmsterdam, Beirut has invited Tabet to create a new installation. Beirut’s curators, Antonia Alampi, Jens Maier-Rothe, and Sarah Rifky, are working with the artist to develop the new installation Here Today Gone Tomorrow (2014), which explores the various layers of history that are associated with the Trouw building and name. During the interview, Tabet will elaborate on the new installation piece he has produced, and relate it to the questions and themes that play a role in his artistic practice and thinking.
For more information about the exhibition and the work of artist Rayyane Tabet, please click here.

Location: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Sarphatistraat 470
Language: English
Entrance: Free entrance
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend.

publication date 28-8-2014

Alumnus Meiro Koizumi visits Rijksakademie

This week alumnus Meiro Koizumi (RA 05/06) visited the Rijksakademie to talk about his films and see some of the resident artists’ work. Koizumi showed several performances made in Japan after his residency. His work focuses on the interactions between private and public domains. His performances focus and enlarge the moment when a situation gets out of control, becomes embarrassing or breaks social rules.

For more information about the work of Meiro Koizumi, please click here.
Meiro Koizumi, ‘Portrait of a Young Samurai’, 2008, film still. Meiro Koizumi, ‘Portrait of a Young Samurai’, 2008, film still.

publication date 21-8-2014

National Heritage Days 2014

This year the Rijksakademie opens its doors on 13 and 14 September during the National Heritage Days. Learn more about the old cavalry barracks and view the exhibition around the National Heritage Days theme ‘Travel’ showing works by Prix de Rome winners and Rijksakademie alumni. There will be guided tours throughout the day.
13 and 14 September, 10am until 5pm
Free entrance
Photo: Roy Taylor Photo: Roy Taylor

publication date 25-8-2014

Overview exhibitions in Amsterdam in September

Six 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

Martin van Zomeren
Anne de Vries (solo)

Galerie Fons Welters
Olga Balema, Folkert de Jong

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 25-08-2014 / subject to change


publication date 25-8-2014

Rijksakademie takes advisory role for 3Package Deal artist

As part of a yearlong program called 3Package Deal, the Rijksakademie, in conjunction with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstverein, will be providing advisors and guidance to artist Taocheng Wang. The program was created in 2013 by Amsterdam Fund for  Art (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen (BBp) in collaboration with WOW Amsterdam to stimulate artistic talent and connect it to Amsterdam.
Wang (CH, 1981) is fascinated by daily images and objects that she relates to (historical) themes, working in diverse disciplines—from video art and installations to traditional Chinese painting.
Taocheng Wang, 'A Romantic Person', scroll painting on xuan paper, 750 x 33 cm, 2010 Taocheng Wang, 'A Romantic Person', scroll painting on xuan paper, 750 x 33 cm, 2010

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 19-8-2014

Ger van Elk (1941-2014)

On August 17 artist Ger van Elk passed away at the age of 73. At the end of the 1980s van Elk was connected to the Rijksakademie as head of the drawing department. We extend our deepest sympathy to van Elk’s family and friends.
Van Elk was internationally known as a proponent of conceptual art, using different materials for sculptures, installations and painted photographs. His works have been shown in museums in the Netherlands and the United States.
At this moment his work, Birds Flying the Drawing from 2004 is being exhibited in the show ‘Bad Thoughts’ at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Ger van Elk, ‘Birds Flying the Drawing' (2004). Dr. M. Sanders Collection - © ADAGP, Paris, 2013. Ger van Elk, ‘Birds Flying the Drawing' (2004). Dr. M. Sanders Collection - © ADAGP, Paris, 2013.

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.