publication date 15-3-2018

Emily Pethick new director Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten


The Supervisory Board announces the appointment of Emily Pethick as the new general director of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam as of September 1, 2018. Pethick has been director of The Showroom in London since 2008. From 2005-2008 she worked in the Netherlands as director of Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht. She has also been active as a freelance curator, writer, and served on numerous boards and juries. In addition to collaborations with many Dutch artists and cultural institutions, her professional experience shows an extensive international scope.

'With Emily Pethick, we bring one of the most interesting curator-directors back to the Netherlands', says Chris Buijink, chairman of the Supervisory Board. 'She has demonstrated in a variety of ways that she is committed both to contemporary art and the global developments in this field. She has led various organizations and has the necessary experience to successfully manage the Rijksakademie and broaden its public function'.

Pethick comments: ‘The prospect of working in an international artistic community situated in the heart of Amsterdam is truly exciting for me. I'm looking forward to leading the Rijksakademie as a vital site for artistic practice, critical thinking and exchange, and to connecting this with the wider public sphere in ways that are locally rooted and globally connected.’

Emily Pethick succeeds Els van Odijk, director since 2010. Van Odijk leaves the Rijksakademie after having successfully led the institute through a turbulent period. The Rijksakademie is very grateful to her.

The appointment of Pethick follows a selection procedure led by a committee consisting of members of the Supervisory Board of the Rijksakademie, as well as artists associated with the Rijksakademie. The selection process was supervised by Vanderkruijs Partners in Executive Search.



Emily Pethick (born in London) has been the director of The Showroom, London, since 2008. Previously, she was director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands (2005-2008) and the curator at Cubitt, London (2003-2004). In 2016 she contributed to the research for a new institution in Amsterdam, commissioned by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Ammodo. She currently co-leads the programme Curating Positions at the Dutch Art Institute. She has contributed to catalogues and magazines, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, and The Exhibitionist, and edited numerous books, including Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s monograph Amateur (Sternberg Press, 2016); Circular Facts (2011, with Mai Abu EIDahab and Binna Choi) and Cluster: Dialectionary (2014, with Binna Choi, Maria Lind and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, pub. Sternberg Press). She was a member of the jury of the 2017 Turner Prize.

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten is an international residency program in Amsterdam aiming at developing talent in the visual arts. Emerging professional artists from the Netherlands and the rest of the world are offered a platform for further development and deepening of their work and practice. Presentation of the work and connections to an international network forms part of the two-year residency program. For many Dutch and international alumni the residency has led to their international breakthrough.


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Emily Pethick (photo: Christa Holka) Emily Pethick (photo: Christa Holka)

publication date 6-3-2018

Em’kal Eyongakpa receives Henrike Grohs Art Award

Rijksakademie alumnus Em’kal Eyongakpa (born 1981 in Mamfe, Cameroon) is the first recipient of the Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. He will be awarded with a € 20.000 cash prize on 13 March 2018 in Abidjan.

The jury states: “The jury unanimously awards the inaugural Henrike Grohs Art Award to Em’kal Eyongakpa for his poetic, subtle and subjective approach. His work expresses universal concerns of humanity. The multidisciplinary stance of his practice that includes knowledge derived from science, ethnobotany, magical realism, experimentation and utopia, aptly responds to the core values of the Henrike Grohs Art Award.”

The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a biennial prize dedicated to artists who are living and working in Africa and practicing in the field of visual arts. It recognises the lifetime achievements of the former Head of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs, who was killed on 13 March 2016 in a terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire.

Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut: “We have not only lost a highly esteemed and beloved colleague in Henrike Grohs but also a person who carried hope into the world with her beliefs and actions. Therefore, it is of particular importance to link the memory of Henrike Grohs to a viewpoint that reflects her work and desires. This has come to fruition in the prize, as it promotes the cause of Henrike Grohs: To support African creative artists and make a contribution towards international dialogue. I would like to congratulate the first prize winner Em’kal Eyongakpa with whom, after an intensive selection process, the judges have made an excellent choice.”

Jury members

- Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar)
- Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin)
- Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare)
- Simon Njami (Curator, Paris)

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publication date 21-2-2018

Artist(ic) Life Phases, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prize introduces....

Parallel to the exhibition Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2018, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam organises a series of conversations under the title de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prize introduces..... These series - intended for artists and art professionals at the beginning of their careers - takes place or five Fridays between February 16th and April 13th.

Artist(ic) Life Phases: Artist talks on life beyond the breakthrough

As the second event of the series “de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs Introduces…”, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam presents - in collaboration with the Rijksakademie - an event with artist talks by different generations of Rijksakademie alumni.
Together with artists Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Dina Danish, Berend Strik, and moderated by former Rijksakademie director Janwillem Schrofer, artistic and professional development after first successes will be explored and discussed.
For younger artists there are many options for education and development: from master courses to post-academic institutions such as the Rijksacademie, and other possibilities like global residency programs - the last for all ages but perhaps best suited for the flexible life of the younger artist. But what comes after? What possibilities and pitfalls to expect? And how to prepare yourself to keep on making, working, and learning, a lifelong?
Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen (RA 16/17) recently finished their residency at the Rijksakademie. They will reflect on their current momentum as they found through the convent-like characteristics of the residency, a phase defined for them by finding your own drives and developing your own artistic criteria for your work. Dina Danish (RA 09/10), will talk about slowing down, after the rush of requests following the years of the Rijksakademie, and on restructuring her practice after becoming a parent. Berend Strik (RA 85/88) will reflect on experiences from 3 decades of successful artistic practice, following the words he heard as a young artist: "it’s easier to become an artist then to stay one" — although he never fully agreed.

Friday 2 March 2018
15:00 to 17:00 h. (doors open from 14:30 hours)

Tickets €7.50 | € 5 for students, including free entrance before the event
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Language: English
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publication date 20-2-2018

Sonic Acts 2018

Unpacking the Processes of Artistic Knowledge

The second edition of Sonic Acts Academy takes place from 23 to 25 February 2018 at various venues in Amsterdam, including several pre-festival events at the EYE Filmmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Rijksakademie. Over the course of three days, Sonic Acts Academy will invite artists and thinkers to expand on their artistic research through lectures, artist presentations, films, performances and workshops. The complete programme and timetable are now online. Tickets are on sale at

Speculation as Interface

Location - Rijksakademie Amsterdam
Dates - 21-23 February
Time - 10:00 – 17:30 hours

This hands-on workshop explores disruptive technologies and instigates an ongoing discussion about alternative ways of creating communities. Artists Mario de Vega and Victor Mazón Gardoqui, who run the research platform, lead the workshop. Their practice investigates speculative processes and strategies of pedagogy. Through building custom logarithmic detectors and site-specific actions, participants will learn methods of translating wireless architecture into material sound and use media intervention as a means to explore, control, and interrupt local signals and radio transmissions. The workshop is a co-production of Sonic Acts & Paradiso and part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

publication date 13-2-2018

New acquisitions in the library

The Rijksakademie library is open to the public. The collection follows national and international developments in art; the resident artists make suggestions for the acquisition of new books and journals.

The acquisition lists with new books, DVDs and magazines are published periodically and can be found here.

Opening hours
Wednesday till Friday / 11.00 - 17.00 hours

The latest acquisitions, February 2018 The latest acquisitions, February 2018

publication date 13-2-2018

ARCOmadrid 2018

21 - 25 februari 2018

Residents and alumni

Carlos Amorales - Pelaires (Palma de Mallorca, ES)
Rosa Barba - Parra & Romero (Madrid, ES)
Otto Berchem - Instituto de Visión (Bogotá, CO)
Jeremiah Day - Arcade (London, GB)
Charlotte Dumas - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam, NL)
Armen Eloyan - Tim Van Laere (Antwerp, BE)
Mounir Fatmi - Adn Galería (Barcelona, ES)
Alex Farrar - Dürst Britt & Mayhew (The Hague, NL)
Jakup Ferri - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam, NL)
Alicia Framis - Horrach Moyà (Palma de Mallorca, ES); Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Dora García - Michel Rein (Paris, FR), ProjecteSD (Barcelona, ES); Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Carlos Irijalba - (Moisés Pérez de Albéniz (Madrid, ES)
Folkert de Jong - Luis Adelantado (Valencia, ES)
Raja'a Khalid - Grey Noise (Dubai, AE)
Guillaume Leblon - Jocelyn Wolff (Paris, FR)
Pere Llobera - F2 Galería (Madrid, ES)
Dora Longo Bahia - Pedro Cera (Lisbon, PT), Vermelho (São Paolo, BR)
David Maljkovic - Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv, IL)
Andrian Melis - Adn Galería (Barcelona, ES)
Hans Op de Beeck - Krinzinger (Vienna, AT)
Amalia Pica - Instituto de Visión (Bogotá, CO), König Galerie (Berlin, DE) - special project
Pablo Pijnappel - Cavalo (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo - Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid, ES)
Dierk Schmidt - Kow (Berlin, DE)
Pep Vidal - Adn Galería (Barcelona, ES), Lmno (Brussels, BE)
Marijke van Warmerdam - Estrany-de la Mota (Barcelona, ES)
Aimée Zito Lema - Zmud (Buenos Aires, AR)


publication date 8-2-2018

Pauline Curnier Jardin wins NN Group Art Award 2018

Rijksakademie alumna Pauline Curnier Jardin (RA 15/16) wins the 2nd NN Group Art Award, presented during the opening night of Art Rotterdam.

The jury is of the opinion that Pauline Curnier Jardin’s (Marseille, 1980) work rewrites the conventional creation of the world and offers feminist alternatives that are often intractable and rebellious. Curnier Jardin’s films, performances and installations are critical, but at the same time full of humorous and philosophical elements and surprising twists, says the jury. The jury values that Curnier Jardin represents the hard contrasts that are central to her themes in a poetic way. In 2017, Curnier Jardin gained international visibility at the 57th Venice Biennale, where she participated with a film installation.


A total of 41 Art Rotterdam gallery holders nominated artists and provided documentary material. The jury picked four nominees for the NN Group Art Award:

Salim Bayri – SIGN
Pauline Curnier Jardin – Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rafaël Rozendaal – Upstream Gallery
Sam Samiee (RA 14/15) – (re)D., Antwerp


In 2017 alumnus Florian Quistrebert (RA 12/13) and his brother Michael won the first edition of the NN Group Art Award.
gallery owner Ellen de Bruijne, Pauline Curnier Jardin and CEO NN Group Lard Friese. Photo Joost de Leij gallery owner Ellen de Bruijne, Pauline Curnier Jardin and CEO NN Group Lard Friese. Photo Joost de Leij Pauline Curnier Jardin's work. Photo Joost de Leij Pauline Curnier Jardin's work. Photo Joost de Leij

publication date 17-1-2018

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

International Film Festival Rotterdam
24 January - 4 February 2018

On January 24th the International Film Festival Rotterdam opens. Many alumni show their (latest) work:

Ammodo Tiger Short Competition

Monira Al Qadiri, 'The Craft', 2017

Bright Future 2018

Rosa Barba, 'Enigmatic Whisper', 2017

Martha Colburn, 'Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand', 2018

Agnieszka Polska, 'What the Sun Has Seen', 2017

Sara Rajaei, 'A Composition in Blue, Red & Other Colours', 2018

Curtain Call

Yin-ju Chen, 'Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800', 2018

Valérie Mannaerts, 'Private Human', 2017

Sarah van Sonsbeeck, 'Shelter #6', 2017

Voices Short

Anna Franceschini, 'What Time Is Love?', 2017

Events tijdens IFFR

Yael Bartana
30 January, 14:30-16:00 hours
'big talk'

Martha Colburn
28 January, start 21:30 hours
WORM (Boomgaardstraat 71)
'The Wanderlust West' (sound//vision)
Monira Al Qadiri, 'The Craft', 2017 Monira Al Qadiri, 'The Craft', 2017 Rosa Barba, 'Enigmatic Whisper', 2017 Rosa Barba, 'Enigmatic Whisper', 2017 Martha Colburn, 'Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand', 2018 Martha Colburn, 'Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand', 2018 Agnieszka Polska, 'What the Sun Has Seen', 2017 Agnieszka Polska, 'What the Sun Has Seen', 2017 Sara Rajaei, 'A Composition in Blue, Red & Other Colours', 2018 Sara Rajaei, 'A Composition in Blue, Red & Other Colours', 2018 Yin-ju Chen, 'Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800', 2018 Yin-ju Chen, 'Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800', 2018 Valérie Mannaerts, 'Private Human', 2017 Valérie Mannaerts, 'Private Human', 2017 Sarah van Sonsbeeck, 'Shelter #6', 2017 Sarah van Sonsbeeck, 'Shelter #6', 2017 Anna Franceschini, 'What Time Is Love?', 2017 Anna Franceschini, 'What Time Is Love?', 2017

publication date 24-1-2018

The Gallerists: radical mediators in contemporary art from the sixties onwards

On four Tuesdays in January and February, Rijksakademie hosts 'The Gallerists', a series of intimate conversations with renowned (former) gallery owners from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, discussing their motivation, vision and experiences in running a gallery for contemporary art.

With Galerie René Block, Wide White Space, Konrad Fischer Galerie, The Living Room, Galerie van Gelder, Art & Project en Lumen Travo.

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten

Dinsdag 30 januari, dinsdag 6 februari, dinsdag 20 februari, dinsdag 27 februari

17:00 - 19:00 hours
Doors open at 16:30 hours

8 euros (students 5 euros)
Tickets will be sold at the door.
Reservations via


Daniela Apice, Noor Mertens, Dorothé Orczyk


Established and former gallery owners from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are invited to share their visions, motivations and practical experiences through a series of public conversations. The discussions will focus on galleries that have played an important role in positioning contemporary art and artists in the recent past, such as Wide White Space, Konrad Fischer Galerie,
Galerie René Block and Art & Project, as well as galleries that now stand in the footsteps of these ‘pioneers’ of the post-war period. For the latter, the focus is on the Dutch gallery landscape with contributions from Peer Veneman and Bart van de Ven (The Living Room), Kees van Gelder
(Galerie van Gelder) and Marianne van Tilborg (Lumen Travo).

This series of conversations aims to provide insight into the functioning of galleries for contemporary art by drawing on the experience of an older generation of renowned gallery owners.

30 January 2018

Galerie René Block (Berlin, 1964-1979)

René Block opened his gallery in 1964 in former West Berlin with the exhibition ‘Neodada, Pop, Décollage, Kapitalistischer Realismus’, presenting at the time unknown artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell. Two years later he launched Edition Block. Block’s continuous work with artists resulted in the publication of portfolios with prints and multiples, the organization of concerts and performances and subsequently the opening of a branch in New York in 1974 with the happening ‘I like America and America likes me’ by Beuys. 

Lumen Travo (Amsterdam, 1985-present)

Marianne van Tilborg opened a gallery in her apartment on Amsterdam’s Spui square in 1985. From the outset she presented artists from abroad and, with equally strong ties within the local arts scene, she was the first to put on a solo exhibition of the work of the legendary Peter Giele. Since 1993 the gallery has been situated on the Lijnbaansgracht. With its continuous broad focus, the program consists out of exhibitions with artists such as Shirin Neshat, Meschac Gaba, Monali Meher, Otobong Nkanga and Ni Haifeng.

6 February 2018

Galerie Van Gelder (Amsterdam, 1985-present)

In 1985, Kees van Gelder started a gallery on the second floor of a industrial building in the Planciusstraat in Amsterdam. His aim was to create an open-minded space where artists, particularly those from abroad, could express themselves. His programme is often of a contemplative nature. For several years Van Gelder has been running an online platform dedicated to multiples ( and is also the publisher of the bilingual art magazine CUT.

Wide White Space (Antwerp, 1966-1976)

Wide White Space was founded by Anny De Decker and artist Bernd Lohaus in Antwerp in 1966 and was managed by them both until it closed in 1976. De Decker and Lohaus were instrumental in making collectors, critics, institutions and the public appreciative of new ways in which artists were attempting to come to terms with reality. They also contributed actively to a change in mentality towards contemporary art by giving ‘avant-garde’ artists a platform and working in close collaboration with them.

20 February 2018

Konrad Fischer Galerie (Düsseldorf, 1967-present)

Konrad Fischer Galerie was inaugurated in October 1967 in an archway that served as a tiny exhibition space in the centre of Düsseldorf. The gallery opened with an exhibition of works by Carl Andre, when minimal and conceptual art were virtually unknown in Europe. Together with his partner Dorothee Fischer, Konrad promoted new tendencies and forms in contemporary art, without focusing on a specific medium or stopping at a certain artistic trend, thereby engaging their widespread network consisting of artists, collectors and institutions.
The Living Room (Amsterdam, 1981-1993)

The Living Room was launched in a small third-floor apartment in East Amsterdam in 1982 by art history student Bart van de Ven and artist Peer Veneman. The gallery’s focus was on painting and sculpture, most often from a select group of Dutch artists working in the typically anti-academic, ‘wild’ style of the early 1980s. After moving to Amsterdam’s city centre in 1983, and up until its closure in 1993, the activity of the gallery became increasingly formalised. The gallery’s production of catalogues and its participation in several international art fairs, underlined The Living Room’s professional acclaim and secured their influence well beyond the borders of the Netherlands.
27 February 2018
Art & Project (Amsterdam, 1968-2001)

The Amsterdam-based Art & Project gallery was founded in 1968 by Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn. In its 20 year existence, the gallery supported an international group of artists associated with different movements, a.o. minimal and conceptual art, by both organizing exhibitions and distributing an information bulletin. The gallery worked with artists like Robert Barry, Alighiero e Boetti, Daniel Buren, William Leavitt, Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner.