Art Rotterdam 2019

Art Rotterdam
7 - 10 februari 2019


Tyna Adebowale - LangArt (Amsterdam)
Juliaan Andeweg - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Daniëlle van Ark - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Salim Bayri - Galerie van Gelder (Amsterdam)
Otto Berchem – Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Catherine Biocca - (BE), PSM (Berlin, DE)
Pim Blokker - PLUS-ONE (Anwterpen, BE)
Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács – Akinci (Amsterdam)
Pauline Curnier Jardin – Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Dina Danish - Barbara Seiler (Zürich, CH)
Ade Darmawan - Lumen Travo (Amsterdam)
Koen Doodeman - dudokdegroot (Amsterdam)
Constant Dullaart - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Willehad Eilers - HE.RO (Amsterdam)
Alex Farrar - Dürst Britt & Mayhew (Den Haag)
Jasper Hagenaar - Althuis Hofland (Amsterdam)
Folkert de Jong - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)
Klaas Kloosterboer – Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam), Kristof de Clerq (Gent, BE)
Marijn van Kreij - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam), Barbara Seiler (Zürich)
Adam Leech - PLUS-ONE (Antwerpen, BE)
Cristina Lucas - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Inge Meijer - Akinci (Amsterdam)
Christine Moldrickx - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Antoinette Nausikaä - Caroline O'Breen (Amsterdam)
Otobong Nkanga - Lumen Travo (Amsterdam)
Femmy Otten - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)
Thierry Oussou - Lumen Travo (Amsterdam)
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud - Barbara Seiler (Zürich, CH)
Thomas Raat - VIVID (Rotterdam)
Janis Rafa - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Gino Saccone - Mieke van Schaijk (Den Bosch)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Sarah van Sonsbeeck - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam)
Dieuwke Spaans - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Berend Strik - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)
Esther Tielemans - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam)
Wouter Venema - Rianne Groen (Rotterdam)
Helen Verhoeven - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Guido van der Werve - GRIMM (Amsterdam)
Sylvia Zijlmans en Hewald Jongenelis - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam)


Klaas Kloosterboer - Ellen de Bruije (Amsterdam)
Paul Kooiker - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Esther Tielemans - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam)


Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács - Akinci (Amsterdam
Driessens & Verstappen - Dam (Berlijn, DE)
Antoinette Nausikaä - Caroline O'Breen (Amsterdam)

Prospects & Concepts

Josefin Arnell

NN Group Art Award

Femmy Otten - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)

We Like Art

Gijs Assmann, Maura Biava, Hans Broek, Jasper Hagenaar, Arjan van Helmond, Katrin Korfmann, Antoinette Nausikaä, Jan van der Ploeg, Marjolein Rothman, Koen Vermeule

Nest op Art Rotterdam

Semâ Bekirovic

Video CS

Sebastián Diaz Morales - 'Insight'


Elsewhere in Rotterdam

Rein Jelle Terpstra, 'Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People's View', Nederlands Fotomuseum, 26 januari - 12 mei

Inez de Brauw, Gaëlle Choisne, Kirsten Geisler, David Haines, Folkert de Jong, Funda Gül Özcan, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, 'Trouble in Paradise', Kunsthal, 7 februari - 26 mei

Kate Cooper, 'C.o.C.A. Commission 2018: Kate Cooper', A Tale of a Tub, 7 februari – 7 april  

Guillaume Leblon, 'The house where you live forever', Garage, 1 februari - 14 april

Rijksakademie Public Programme #1 - Kodwo Eshun

We regret to inform you that the lecture with Kodwo Eshun is now fully booked. We will however make the video documentation of the lecture available after the event.


The Rijksakademie is pleased to welcome Kodwo Eshun to give the inaugural lecture of our 2019 residency on Thursday 31 January.

Lecture starts at 19:00, doors open at 18:45. Please note: door closes at 19:00. After 19:00 it will not be possible to access the lecture room.

Tickets are available here.

Kodwo Eshun is a filmmaker, theorist and artist, based in London. In 2002, he founded The Otolith Group together with Anjalika Sagar. The Otolith Group’s work emerges from traditions of the essay film and militant filmmaking. Encompassing moving image work and extending to writing, curatorial and educational projects, and installations of archival material, their practice bridges an expansive interest in science fiction and futurology with unresolved histories, particularly related to the Global South. This lecture will depart from these practices and long term interests.

In May 2019, the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) will present the first large scale solo exhibition of The Otolith Group that will explore key film and sonic installation works as well as other facets of their expansive research based practice of the past ten years.

This is the first open lecture in the Rijksakademie’s 2019 Public Programme. It will be followed by a lecture by Gabi Ngcobo on Wednesday 6 February (organized in collaboration with de Appel and Casco Art Institute), and a library programme curated by Vincent van Velsen, which will unfold over the coming months, the details of which will be announced soon.

The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists. The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists. The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists. The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists. The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists. The Otolith Group. Still from Third Part of the Third Measure, 2017. Copyright and courtesy the artists.

Rijksakademie Public Programme #2 - Gabi Ngcobo


We regret to inform you that both lecture and seminar with Gabi Ngcobo on Wednesday 6 February, and Thursday 7 February are now fully booked. We will however make the video documentation of the lecture available after the event. 

Curating Strategies of Productive Refusal - Gabi Ngcobo

Please join on us on Wednesday, 6 February, from 19:00 – 20:30 for a lecture with curator, educator, and artist Gabi Ngcobo. Doors open at 18:45.

Tickets are available here.

During a two-day event Gabi Ngcobo will discuss refusal as a curatorial strategy as employed in her collaborative projects. These include Nothing Gets Organised - NGO, Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14) and the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don’t Need Another Hero, which resisted the desire for a single heroic conclusion in favor of embracing complexity. Herein, refusal is applied as a strategy to challenge the uptake of assigned or inherited responsibilities that keep certain people in roles whereby they are expected to explain to those who have the privilege not to know.

The first session on Wednesday 6 February will take shape in the form of an evening lecture at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, where Ngcobo is also advisor.

The second day at The Black Archives, Amsterdam, will go deeper into the topic in a closed seminar, where some preparatory readings will be provided after registration. To attend this seminar, please RSVP to Yolande van der Heide at with a brief letter of motivation.

This event is co-organized with De Appel, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten with The Black Archives.

Initiated by Casco Art Institute, Curating Strategies of Productive Refusal is organized in line with one of Casco’s study lines on the commons, Angry Letters. Angry Letters works with the magazine as a repository medium for collating tools that de-center the oppressor/s in conversations on freedom and liberation. The inaugural 'issue' is developed with Open - Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain and takes a text-to-workshop form for opening up and applying discussions in real time. The outcome will thus comprise of online and print components to be published in the fall of 2019.

Read more about the study line and project here
We are absolutely ending this, 2012. Courtesy of CHR We are absolutely ending this, 2012. Courtesy of CHR

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019

International Film Festival Rotterdam
23 January - 3 February 2019

Op 23 januari opent het International Film Festival Rotterdam. Het filmprogramma toont werk van verschillende residents en alumni:

Bright Future Competition

Yashaswini Raghunandan, That Cloud Never Left

Bright Future

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Forest on Location
Omar A. Chowdhury, Augustijn
Mounir Fatmi, À travers la lune
Arthur Kleinjan, Above Us Only  Sky
Jill Magid, The Proposal
belit sağ, what remains
Pilvi Takala, The Stroker
Rein Jelle Terpstra, Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People's View

Deep Focus

Praneet Soi, Srinagar


Bea de Visser, The animal that therefore I am

Rotterdam Centraal Station

Sebastián Diaz Morales, Insight

Yashaswini Raghunandan, 'That Cloud Never Left' Yashaswini Raghunandan, 'That Cloud Never Left' Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, 'Forest on Location' Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, 'Forest on Location' Omar A. Chowdhury, 'Augustijn' Omar A. Chowdhury, 'Augustijn' Mounir Fatmi, 'À travers la lune' Mounir Fatmi, 'À travers la lune' Arthur Kleinjan, 'Above Us Only Sky' Arthur Kleinjan, 'Above Us Only Sky' belit sağ, 'what remains' belit sağ, 'what remains'  Jill Magid, 'The Proposal' Jill Magid, 'The Proposal' Pilvi Takala, 'The Stroker' Pilvi Takala, 'The Stroker' Rein Jelle Terpstra, 'Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People's View' Rein Jelle Terpstra, 'Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People's View' Praneet Soi, 'Srinagar' Praneet Soi, 'Srinagar' Bea de Visser, 'The animal that therefore I am' Bea de Visser, 'The animal that therefore I am'

Out of Office - Art in business

Out of Office - art in business
Singer Museum, Laren (NH)
11 december 2018 - 7 april 2019

Under the title Out of Office - art in business, Singer Laren, in collaboration with the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN), offers an art-historical overview of 75 years of Dutch art from corporate collections.

Participating alumni:

Tjebbe Beekman
Melanie Bonajo
Elspeth Diederix
Gijs Frieling
Folkert de Jong
Gert Jan Kocken
Michael Raedecker
Marie-José Robben
Sarah van Sonsbeeck
Berend Strik
Fiona Tan
Esther Tielemans
Helen Verhoeven
Koen Vermeule
Roy Villevoye
Evi Vingerling

Parallel to Out of Office - art in business, the museum is showing the exhibition RE:Collecting, which includes works by alumni Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács and Ryan Gander.

publication date 20-12-2018

Tushar Joag (1966-2018)

We are saddened by the news that on Tuesday 18 December 2018 artist-activist and Rijksakademie alumnus Tushar Joag passed away unexpectedly.

Tushar and his wife Sharmila Samant were both residents at the Rijksakademie in 1998 and 1999. After returning to Mumbai, they founded the artist-led initiative 'Open Circle', one of the first platforms of the Rijksakademie Artists Initiatives Network (RAIN). Open Circle (1999-2008) was an artist collective that sought to engage with contemporary socio-political issues via an integration of theory and practice.

Tushar described himself as a public intervention artist. He founded the Public Work Cells, an organisation that worked “to create works of art that seek to make interventions in the urban space, by designing and producing objects that while being functional and aesthetic bring into focus the various concerns of the immediate situation”.

In recent years he taught at Shiv Nadar University of Arts in Greater Noida, where he and Sharmila set up the Masters of Arts programme.

Over the past few weeks, Tushar had been helping to assemble a forum called Artists Unite, which recently issued a statement signed by 450 painters, writers and filmmakers warning that “democracy is not a majoritarian project to identify enemies and enforce uniformity of language, behaviour and culture”. It added, “Democracy is the celebration of a collective will for peace, of living together with dignity and equality.”

Our hearts are with Sharmila, his children Kattyayani & Kashyap, and his family and friends.
Tushar Joag in 2016 (photo Tushar Joag in 2016 (photo

publication date 4-10-2018

Shortlist Future Generation Art Prize 2019

Rijksakademie alumni Monira Al Qadiri (RA 16/17) and Yu Araki (guestresident in 2018) are shortlisted for the fith edition of the Future Generation Art Prize.

The Future Generation Art Prize is a biannual global contemporary art prize open to all artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world, working in any medium. Shortlisted artists will be commissioned to create new works on view in exhibitions at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv (1 February - 14 April) and the Venice Biennale (9 May - September 2019).

The Future Generation Art Prize 2019 Award Ceremony will take place in March 2019.

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)

More information

Em'kal Eyongakpa
Henrike Grohs Award