publication date 24-4-2017

JOB OPENING technical CNC milling/laser cutter specialist

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam is an international postgraduate institute that welcomes 50 artists from around the world to work for two years on research and experimentation, production and presentation. In the technical workshops, experimentation and interdisciplinary work is stimulated and technical specialists act as sparring partners for the resident artists.

The Rijksakademie is currently looking to fill the following position immediately:
(Freelance) technical CNC milling/laser cutter specialist

for an average of 16 hours per week.
We expect:
• Extensive experience in working with, and maintenance of, the CNC milling and laser cutter
• Experience with CAD/CAM workflow and extensive knowledge of 2D vector software (e.g. Illustrator, Ink scape) and 3D drawing programs  (e. g. Rhino, Solid Works, Autodesk, CAD)
• Experience with, and finding pleasure in, advising and working with international (professional) artists
• Openness towards, and interest in, adjacent technical disciplines/interdisciplinary work
• Eager to learn and open to experimentation
• Flexible working attitude 

For more information: Stephan Kuderna, José Biscaya or Pieter Verweij, tel. 020-5270300.

Interested? E-mail your letter + resumé not later than 28 April 2017 to


publication date 21-4-2017

Art colgone 2017


Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
26 - 29 April 2017

Residents and alumni
Gwenneth Boelens - Klemm's (Berlin, DE)
Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (Akinci, Amsterdam, NL)
Thomas Demand - Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles)
Constant Dullaart - Future (Berlin, DE)
Mounir Fatmi - Conrads (Düsseldorf, DE)
Femke Herregraven- Future (Berlin, DE)
Folkert de Jong - Fons Welters (Amsterdam, NL)
Runa Islam - White cube (London, GB)
Paul Kooiker - Zink (Waldkirchen in der Oberpfalz, DE)
Germaine Kruip - COSAR HMT (Düsseldorf, DE), Sofie Van de Velde (Antwerp, BE)
Alexandra Leykauf - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam, NL)
Alexander Lieck - Joseph Tang (Parijs, FR)
Tala Madani - David Kordansky (Los Angeles, US)
David  Maljkovic - Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles)
Jurriaan Molenaar - Borzo (Amsterdam, NL)
Shahryar Nashat - David Kordansky (Los Angeles, US)
Lisa Oppenheim - Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition (Berlin, DE)
Michael Raedecker - Max Hetzler (Berlin, Paris)
De Rijke/De Rooij - Buchholz (Cologne, Berlin, New York)
Willem de Rooij - Buchholz (Cologne, Berlin, New York)
Pamela Rosenkranz - Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles)
Monika Sosnowska - Gisela Capitain (Cologne, DE), Hauser & Wirth (Zürich, London, New York, Los Angeles)
Berend Strik - Fons Welters (Amsterdam, NL)
Jennifer Tee - Markus Lüttgen (Cologne, DE)
Derk Thijs - Onrust (Amsterdam, NL)
Andy Wauman - DeWeer (Otegem, BE)


John Kørner - Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen, DK)


publication date 13-4-2017

Art Brussels 2017


Art Brussels
, Brussel, BE
21-23 april 2017

Residents and alumni
Johan Creten - Transit (Mechelen, BE), Almine Rech (Brussels, Paris, London, New York)
Thomas Demand  -
Armen Eloyan - Timothy Taylor (London, GB)
Mounir Fatmi - AND (Barcelona, ES)
Ryan Gander -
Tina Gillen - Nosbaum Reding (Luxembourg, LU)
Krištof Kintera - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam, NL)
Paul Kooiker - Zink (Waldkirchen in der Oberpfalz, DE)
Valérie Mannaerts - Bernier | Eliades (Brussels, BE), Maniera (Brussels, BE)
Adrian Melis - ADN (Barcelona, ES)
Hans Op de Beeck - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam, NL), Krinzinger (Vienna, AT), Continua (San Gimingnano, IT)
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud - Barbara Seiler  (Züruch, AT)
Sam Samiee - redgallery (Antwerp,  BE)

- Inside the Fair -
Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities
21-23 April
Folkert de Jong, Germaine Kruip, Annaïk Lou Pitteloud
- Outside the Fair -
Gallery Night
Valérie Mannaerts - Bernier | Eliades (Brussels, BE)
Bojan Šarčević - Maniera (Brussels, BE)

Notes on our Equilibrium 
CAB Contemporary Art Brussels
19 April - 24 June
Isabelle Andriessen, Carlos Irijalba
BelgianArtPrize 2017
17 March - 28 May
Otobong Nkanga

The Absent Museum 
Wiels contemporary art center
20 April - 13 August
Otobong Nkanga

1 is older than 2: logics of a futile action
Galerie Felix Frachon
20 April - 3 June
Ehsan Ul Haq (solo)
POPPOSITIONS 2017, ING Art Center, 20-23 april
Floris Schönfeld - Suns and Stars (Amsterdam, NL)
Miko Veldkamp - Rianne Groen (Rotterdam, NL)
Independent Brussels, 19-23 April *
Rossella Biscotti - Wilfried Lentz (Rotterdam, NL)
Gaëlle Choisne - untilthen (Paris, FR)
David Claerbout - untilthen (Paris, FR)
Pauline Curnier Jardin - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam, NL)
Ryan Gander - Jan Mot (Brussels, BE) in collaboration with gb agency (Paris, FR)
Klaas Kloosterboer - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam, NL)
Germaine Kruip - The Approach (London, GB)
Guillaume Leblon - carlier gebauer (Berlin, DE) in collaboration with Jocelyn Wolff (Paris, FR) and ProjecteSD (Barcelona, ES)
Jill Magid - untilthen (Paris, FR)
David Maljkovic - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam, NL)

* more information will follow


publication date 10-3-2017

Jennifer Tee in Rijksmuseum

Currently on view in the Rijksmuseum: alumna Jennifer Tee's monumental artwork Tulip Palepai, navigating the river of the world. The work - inspired by the traditional Palepai (ship cloths) of southern Sumatra – depicts two large ships with prow and mast. Tee’s 18-metre-long artwork was commissioned by Amsterdam’s City Council for the new metro entrance hall at Centraal Station. The artwork will be on view, as a photographic reproduction, from 2018.

The tapestry combines the tulip, the world-famous Dutch icon, and the distinctive Palepai motif. The ship houses symbols and elements from the (recent) history of the city: for example historical lanterns of the Damrak, Amsterdam railway clocks by Cuypers and the Amsterdam lion.

Filmmaker Lisa Boerstra followed Jennifer Tee for over a year as she worked on Tulip Palepai. The documentary Jennifer Tee - Leaving Limbo was broadcasted on Dutch Televison, and can be viewed here.
In June 2016 the press and art world were invited to attend the exclusive sneak preview of 'Tulip Palepai' in one of the project spaces at the Rijksakademie In June 2016 the press and art world were invited to attend the exclusive sneak preview of 'Tulip Palepai' in one of the project spaces at the Rijksakademie

publication date 10-3-2017

'Archive Fever' in De Nederlandsche Bank

Juliaan Andeweg, Semâ Bekirovic, Tim Breukers, Marije Gertenbach, Folkert de Jong en Aimée Zito Lema
De Nederlandsche Bank (Art Space), Amsterdam
10 maart - 20 april 2017

In 1994 French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2014) defined an archive as “a place which assures the possibility of memorisation, of repetition, of reproduction, or of reimpression”. The archive of the Rijksakademie voor de Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, which houses an historical and contemporary collection, is a striking example of Derrida's definition. This collection of books, prints, drawings, paintings, plaster, photos and digital visual material is carefully curated in a special place, and provides a comprehensive and varied overview of developments in visual arts over the past three centuries, which since its creation has served as a source of inspiration for residents.
The exhibition ARCHIVE FEVER presents work by various academy alumni which has a direct or indirect link to this collection. The different ways in which the artists have approached, used and experienced the collection is evident from this latest exhibition. Antique sculptures are felt, iconic images surpassed, classical images recast in contemporary materials and the life cycle of objects is analysed layer by layer. The reasons for reaching back into the history of art to create new works are equally varied, ranging from the need for artists to relate to a place to the urge to improve on existing work and to also ask questions about their own work.

Artworks from Rijksakademie alumni Juliaan Andeweg, Semâ Bekirovic, Tim Breukers, Marije Gertenbach, Folkert de Jong and Aimée Zito Lema expose the tensions between established images and the changing world around them.
The exhibition can be viewed by appointment only: +31(0)20-5242183.

publication date 1-3-2017

Where art meets management

Today - March 1st -  guest resident Jacco van Uden (lector Change Management) and Mercedes Azpilicueta (alumna 15/16) start a very exciting project. The coming month they will take over each other’s work and everything that comes with it. While Mercedes and Jacco have their own distinct motives for swapping jobs for a full month there is a shared, deep interest in exploring differences and similarities between artistic and management practices. Can and should these practices inform each other? And if so, how? With The take-over Mercedes and Jacco aim to contribute to the development of, and critical reflection on cross-disciplinary – and some might say – transgressive practices. During The Take-over, Mercedes assumes full responsibility over Jacco’s job as head of the Change Management research group of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). Jacco takes over Mercedes’ artistic practice and everything that comes with it. Decisions, meetings, strategies and so on will not be postponed needlessly.
Read more about The take-over on and follow their blog.

publication date 28-2-2017

Guideline for artists’ fees

On February 21st The guideline for artists’ fees is presented. This guideline was jointly developed with input from interested organisations and associations in the art world in the Netherlands whose members encounter the issue of artists’ fees on a daily basis. By producing this guideline, the field is working together to promote a more professional contract practice in non-selling exhibitions. Participants display social entrepreneurship and respond to the call of the Social Economic Council and the Council for Culture to improve the position of artists on the labour market.

On the website (in Dutch only) a checklist can be found. The calculator on the homepage gives an indication of the fee for an exhibition, based on type of work, number of participating artists and duration of the exhibition.

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publication date 20-1-2017

'Well Made. In praise of the creative process' in KAdE Amersfoort

Rijksakademie alumni Claire Harvey (RA 03/04) and Sascha Pohle (RA 06/07) are participating in the exhibition titled Well Made (Goed Gemaakt), which opens on Friday January 20 at Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort. The exhibition tributes to the making process of artworks throughout centuries.

Several pieces that are part of the exhibition, are on loan from the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten historical collections (see image below). The items are books, plasters and drawing studies from Albrecht Dürer, Jacob de Wit, Jacques Gautier d'Agoty, Bernard Picart en Gerard de Lairesse a.o. The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the art magazine Kunstschrift.

'Well Made. In praise of the creative process'
Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort
21 January - 17 April

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publication date 21-12-2016

Paulien Oltheten designs "the largest canvas in the world"

On Tuesday, December 20, it was announced that alumna Paulien Oltheten (RA 05/06) will be creating the final design for "the largest canvas in the world", a scaffold canvas of 81x21 meters, which will be presented in early 2017 in front of the former Hogeschool (College) building on Wibautstraat.
In September, upon the invitation of initiator Boelens de Gruyter, the Rijksakademie invited alumni to submit a design sketch for this assignment. In December, the jury (consisting of, among others, mayor Eberhard van der Laan, chief editor of Het Parool Ronald Ockhuysen, director of the Stedelijk Museum Beatrix Ruf and director of Amsterdam Art Adriana Gonzalez Hulshof) asked Paulien Oltheten, as well as Danielle van Ark and Andy Wauman to further elaborate their designs.
The jury's comment on the design of Paulien Oltheten: "The simplicity/intimacy of the images stands in sharp contrast to the visual chaos of the city and the bustle of the Wibautstraat, but they are far from boring."
The exterior wall painting will be on display from early February to late March 2017.

publication date 21-12-2016

Avro's Kunstuur on the Prix de Rome

Sunday, December 18, the TV program Avro's Kunstuur devoted an entire episode to the Prix de Rome.

The theme of the program was Rome - the city where the Prix de Rome winners traveled to until the eighties of the last century. In 2013, the Mondriaan Fund reintroduced the trip to Rome as an integral part of the prize.  
AVRO filmed various works from the collections of the Rijksakademie, including plaster sculptures by Prix de Rome winners in Sculpture and drawings by Jan Sluyters. Special attention was paid to the lodge door, behind which the Prix de Rome artists used to work on their submissions in isolation, and whose meals were served through a hatch in the door.
From 1870 to 2012, the Prix de Rome was organized by the Rijksakademie. As of January 1, 2013, upon the request of the then State Secretary for Culture, the organization of the Prix de Rome was transferred to the Mondriaan Fund.
Watch a replay of the broadcast here. (in Dutch)


publication date 21-10-2016

Rijksakademie receives Dutch AICA Award 2016

We are honored and grateful to have received the Dutch AICA Award 2016 from AICA Nederland today. The ceremony was followed by a festive celebration at the Rijksakademie this evening!

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 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.