We are looking for volunteers for Rijksakademie Open Studios
Once a year the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten opens its doors to the public. For this event we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with a variety of tasks, such as hosting, ticket control, catering, surveillance and more.
The event is from Friday 22 November until Sunday 24 November, but we also need volunteers for the special events (Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November).
What we expect from you:
• available between Monday 18 November and Monday 25 November
• available for at least 10 hours in total
What you get from us:
• lunch or dinner on the days you work (depending on your shift)
• access to Rijksakadamie Open Studios on days you don't have to work
• lots of art and love!!!
Would you like to be part of our amazing team and help out during this event, sign up here
Klaas Hoek (1950-2019)
We are very sad about the passing of Klaas Hoek.
Klaas was advisor and head of Graphics / New Media at the Rijksakademie from 1987 to 1997. With his independent spirit and great curiosity, he made an important contribution to the development of many artists and the Rijksakademie itself. We'll miss him.
We sympathize with his family and friends.
On behalf of (former) residents, advisors and employees
Emily Pethick, director
16th Istanbul Biennial
16e Istanbul Biennial
The Seventh Continent
14 September - 10 November
Claudia Martínez Garay
One of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet, is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called ‘The Seventh Continent’ – 3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-humans, our mass-productive systems and natural elements, drift together, reduced to particles of waste.
Today, we are acknowledging that the canonical western division between nature and culture has come to an end. The Anthropocene theory has contributed to this awareness, as the impact of human activities on nature generates an intertwined world where culture is reintegrating into nature, and vice-versa. Meanwhile, due to the increasing interconnections between cultures, as well as the development of transportation and migratory flows, the old centres are turning into megapolises sheltering a multitude of micro-cultures.
The Seventh Continent is an anthropology of an off-centred world and an archaeology of our times. It defines today’s art as an archipelago of diverse enquiries into global life, tracking the prints of human activity on the earth and our impact on its non-human inhabitants.
15th Biennale de Lyon
15th Biennale de Lyon (FR)
Where Water Comes with Other Water
18 September - 5 January 2020
Fernando Palma Rodriguez
Pierre Houcmant (1953-2019)
The Rijksakademie regrets to announce that artist/photographer Pierre Houcmant passed away on Sunday 18 August.
Pierre Houcmant, born in Pepinster (BE) in 1953, studied in the seventies at the L'école supérieure des arts Saint-Luc de Liège.
In 1987 he started his residency at the Rijksakademie.
In the early 1990s, he became interested in the image of the body, which he fragmented. At the same time, he produced a series of 50 portraits of Belgium writers, assembled under the title Faces of the Written Word. These portraits have been the subject of exhibitions and a book, published under the same title.
Shiu Jin (1975-2019)
We are saddened by the news that on Friday 16 august 2019 artist Shiu Jin and his partner Joungmin Yi have passed away.
Shiu Jin was resident at the Rijksakademie in 2011 and 2012. In addition to his practice as an individual artist, he was founding member of Okin Collective, a three-member artist collective founded in 2009. Okin Collective focused its work on social issues
associated with urban development in South Korea.
Shiu Jin’s individual work began with scattered words or sentences written in his notebook. They seemed to trace daily life, but unlike a diary the words didn’t have a distinct relation, nor do they followed linear time. When these ‘performative fragments’ were shaped into an imaginary narrative, they became an episode. In this process of conversion through experimental arrangements – creating drawings, photography, film or installations – he found a way to express the variable links between his words and his work.
Our hearts are with their families and friends.
(Former) residents, advisors and staff of the Rijksakademie.
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten announces its residents for 2020-2021
Julian Abraham Togar (ID)
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (MX)
Razia Barsatie (SR/NL)
Verena Blok (NL)
Simnikiwe Buhlungu (ZA)
Ali Eyal (IQ)
Robert Glas (NL)
Saemundur Thor Helgason (IS/NL)
Hannah Dawn Henderson (GB/NL)
Penelope Koliopoulou (GR)
Wouter van der Laan (NL)
Sungeun Lee (KR)
Tessa Mars (HT)
Polina Medvedeva (NL/RU)
Claudia Pagès Rabal (ES)
Hend Samir (EG)
Ratu Saraswati (ID)
Silke Schönfeld (DE)
Tomasz Skibicki (PL/NL)
Takanori Suzuki (JP)
Anh Tran (NZ/VN)
Werker Collective (NL/ES)
The Rijksakademie’s artist community has a unique ecology, which is highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged. Artists are supported with a studio, a stipend, by a wide range of artistic and technical advisors, including artists, curators and thinkers, and have access to well-equipped workshops, a library and discursive engagement.
Out of 2150 applicants, 23 artist residents have been selected to join the programme in 2020, for two-year residencies. Half of the residents are Dutch, or living in the Netherlands, and the other half are international. Practices range from painting, sculpture and installation to film, video, sound, digital, virtual reality, social, performance and publishing.
The jury process involved a range of Rijksakademie advisors and professionals from the contemporary art field, including Mounira Al Solh, Sepake Angiama, Rossella Biscotti, Ansuya Blom, Stéphane Calais, Xinyi Cheng, Isabelle Cornaro, Ade Darmawan, Yael Davids, Femke Herregraven, Aernout Mik, Melvin Moti, Gabi Ngcobo, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Emily Pethick, Sawang Yawnghwe and Tirdad Zolghadr.
Rijksakademie director, Emily Pethick, comments on the selection, “The Rijksakademie supports artists who want to challenge themselves and what art can be and do in the world today. After an extensive selection process, we are thrilled to be welcoming such a diverse group of new residents into our artist community. Each impressed us with vibrant and compelling practices, and their courage and commitment to take risks, experiment and sustain highly inventive independent practices. In many ways, these artists invited us to keep reimagining the transformative power of art.”
Melvin Moti, jury member and Rijksakademie advisor comments on how the jury process offers, “… an insight into what artists are thinking of and working on at the moment: what’s on their minds, what’s on their radar, what are current tendencies and topics. It gives a very clear overview of what’s in the air at this very moment, socially, politically and artistically. The enormous number of applicants enables the Rijksakademie to constantly rediscover what artists need and how the institute can best facilitate and challenge their practice. Each year, the group of residents is slightly different from the previous, and each year the Rijksakademie finds itself within a new community of artists that keeps it in constant motion.”
Funda Gül Özcan wins the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2019
On 18 April, during a broadcast of the radio programme Opium
, it was announced that the Rijksakademie alumna Funda Gül Özcan
(RA 16/17) is the winner of the 12th edition of the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs.
"Her installations can be experienced as a roller coaster in which all kinds of things happen simultaneously with the viewer. Her dioramas are rich, fascinating and both enigmatic and technically astonishing'", according to the jury that unanimously chose Funda Gül Özcan.
Her work and that of the other two nominated artists Neo Matloga and Lonneke van der Palen will be on display at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
until 16 June.
Listen to the broadcast of Opium
Shortlist Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019 announced
Rijksakademie alumni Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen
(RA 16/17) and Femke Herregraven
(RA 17/18) have been nominated for the Prix de Rome 2019, together with Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Rory Pilgrim.
Each artist will receive a working budget and will be given the opportunity to create new work during a five-month period. The work will be exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 19 October 2019.
The winning artist will receive 40,000 euros and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.
Shortlist Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019
Rijksakademie alumni Pauline Curnier Jardin
(RA 15/16) and Katja Novitskova
(RA 13/14) are among the four shortlisted artists for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019
Statements from the jury:
Pauline Carnier Jardin
convinced the jury with her transgressive artistic practice adopting visual and narrative elements as much from the theatre tradition as from narrative cinema. Her often humorous works are the outcome of an individual approach towards historical situations and the collective repertoire of stories, religious and cultural traditions, and mythologies by transposing them into a contemporary experimental language. The jury was especially drawn to her approach towards gender roles, diversity of identityand queerness*, addressed from the position of a "precarious feminism".
One of the pioneers of an artistic language that became known as 'post internet art', Katja Novitskova
convinced the jury with the virtuosity and complexity with which she brings together images of nature and technology. Her immersive sculptural environments address the transformation of organic bodies into digital data and attempt, so to speak, a re-materialization of our extensively virtual world. Capturing the process of transformation, she creates futuristic landscapes and maps of information and exemplifies the growing inadequacy of the division between the real and the virtual.
A joint exhibition of the artists’ work will be shown from August 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin. The prizewinner will be chosen on 12 September, the award consists of a solo exhibition with a catalogue at one of the institutions of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie in the fall of 2020.
Pauline Curnier Jardin, 'Grotta Profunda Approfundita', 2017, installation-film, installation view, 'Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, 57th Venice Biennale (photo Daniele Zoiko)
Katja Novitskova (photo Lutz Leitmann)
Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (eyes of the world), 2017, installation, sculpture, sound, various media. From solo exhibition for Estonian Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (photo Anu Vahtra)
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber
Sharjah Biennial 14
Leaving the Echo Chamber
7 March - 10 June
Programme Opening Week & March Meeting
The 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial (SB14), Leaving the Echo Chamber
, explores the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalised, when ideas of ‘society’ are invariably displaced, when borders and beliefs are dictated by cultural, social and political systems.
Curators Zoe Butt
, Omar Kholeif
and Claire Tancons
, who have collaboratively conceived the SB14 theme, present three distinct exhibitions bringing together a range of experiences and works to create a series of provocations about how one might re-negotiate the shape, form, and function of the "echo chamber" of contemporary life, towards a multiplying of the echoes within, such vibration representative of the vast forms of human production —its rituals, beliefs and customs.
Participating Rijksakademie alumni:
Journey Beyond the Arrow
- curated by Zoe Butt -
Making New Time
- curated by Omar Kholeif -
Kemang Wa Lehulere
Look for Me All Around You
- curated by Claire Tancons -
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 www.ficart.org)
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.”
- 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)
Henrike Grohs Award