Covid-19 Update

Following the latest governmental measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Rijksakademie will be closed to public until further notice, and many of our staff members will be working from home. If you need to make contact with us about anything please do so over e-mail. We will however continue to post on social media, including our 150 anniversary alumni take overs on Instagram, which we hope can offer positive inspiration and sharing in precarious times.

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Education from Below. Art as a site for learning

Education from Below is a two-year collaborative programme organised between the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, MACBA, Barcelona and WHW, Zagreb.

Education from Below (EfB) explores art is a place for dialogue, collective learning and imagination. Education doesn't belong only in institutions, but it can be horizontal and come from below, from communities. The project recognises that art practices can dislocate the usual hierarchies of what should or should not be learned and traditional divisions between theory and practice, and that knowledge does not have to be based on accumulation, but rather on sharing and mutual learning. The partners will explore new models of art practice based on collective learning and will generate a network of institutions and professionals for sharing methodologies. Threads of investigation through the project include:

Institutional imagination and experimental mediation:
Activating collective thinking about possible new models for artistic institutions; ones that are more socially engaged, more aware of the ecological collapse, more flexible and porous. Slow institutions, feminist and queer assemblies, spaces for the common are examples of what we can imagine for the future from institutions of the past.

Art as social practice:
Art that is centred on and through human interaction, engagement and social discourse. The creation of social change through collaboration between individuals, communities, and institutions in creative processes. EfB will test and share ways of embedding social interaction more centrally in the work of the partners.

Collective learning:
Exploring collectivity as a crucial element in learning processes, looking at historical and innovative forms of radical education, and shared utilizations of public resources, action and experiments. The spaces of academia and the gallery can be used as pedagogical sites devoted to the analysis of artistic forms interconnected with actual or desired social relations.

Non-hierarchical education:
Informed by informal pedagogical traditions that have roots in a critique of enlightenment as practices of liberation, EfB questions fixed categories in education, as well as the idea of learning as an accumulation of knowledge or for the preparation of professionals, challenging the hierarchies of what can or cannot be learned and where. Learning from popular education and epistemologies of the South are crucial to these practices.

EfB links three independent programmes for artists, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, PEI at MACBA, and WHW Academija that each provide important opportunities for artistic development outside of formal education systems. The project will be realized over the course of autumn 2019 – autumn 2021 through seminars, study groups, artist residencies, exhibitions, series of lectures, an international conference, a collective reader and a common web platform, involving many artists, thinkers and educators.

Art Rotterdam 2020

Art Rotterdam
6 - 9 februari 2020


Juliaan Andeweg - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Isabelle Andriessen -
Daniëlle van Ark - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Gijs Assmann - We Like Art (Amsterdam)
Tim Ayres - Roger Katwijk (Amsterdam)
Sema Bekirovic - We Like Art (Amsterdam)
Paul Beumer - Dürst Britt & Mayhew (Den Haag)
Melanie Bonajo - Akinci (Amsterdam)
Kévin Bray - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Sander Breure en Witte van Hulzen - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Felix Burger - Koenig2 (Wenen)
Ruta Butkute - Bradwolff & Partners (Amsterdam)
Kate Cooper -
Pauline Curnier Jardin - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Koen Doodeman - Gerhard Hofland (Amsterdam)
Constant Dullaart - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Charlotte Dumas - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam)
Armen Eloyan -
Alicia Framis - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Dimitar Genchev - Rutger Brandt (Amsterdam)
Jasper Hagenaar - Althuis Hofland (Amsterdam)
David Haines - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Arturo Kameya - GRIMM (Amsterdam/New York)
Klaas Kloosterboer - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam), van Gelder (Amsterdam), Kristof de Clercq (Gent)
WJM Kok - Van Gelder (Amsterdam)
Paul Kooiker -
Katrin Korfmann - Bradwolff & Partners (Amsterdam), We Like Art (Amsterdam)
André Kruysen - NL=US Art (Rotterdam)
Kiki Lamers - Francis Boeske (Amsterdam)
Mauricio Limón de Léon - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Cristina Lucas - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Claudia Martínez Garay - GRIMM (Amsterdam/New York)
Wolfgang Messing - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Lin de Mol - LangArt (Amsterdam)
Christine Moldrickx - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Jurriaan Molenaar - Borzo (Amsterdam)
Noor Nuyten - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Thierry Oussou - Lumen Travo (Amsterdam)
Hans Op de Beeck - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam)
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud - Barbara Seiler (Zürich, CH)
Jan van der Ploeg - We Like Art (Amsterdam)
Josse Pyl - Annet Gelink (Amsterdam)
Florian & Michael Quistrebert - Upstream (Amsterdam)
Thomas Raat - HERO (Amsterdam)
Michael Raedecker - GRIMM (Amsterdam/New York)
Jehoshua Rozenman - Fontana (Amsterdam)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Dieuwke Spaans - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Berend Strik - Livingstone (Den Haag)
Jennifer Tee - We Like Art (Amsterdam)
Edward Clydesdale Thomson - Division of Labour (Manchester, GB)
Nicoline Timmer - andriesse eyck (Amsterdam)
Nora Turato -
Kubilay Mert Ural - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Koen Vermeule - We Like Art (amsterdam)
Evi Vingerling - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam), Kristof de Clercq (Gent)
Anne de Vries - Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam)
Guido van der Werve - GRIMM (Amsterdam/New York)
Marjolijn de Wit - Gerhard Hofland (Amsterdam)


Melanie Bonajo - Akinci  (Amsterdam)
Pauline Curnier Jardin - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Hamza Halloubi - tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Hans Op de Beeck - Ron Mandos (Amsterdam)
Nora Turato - LambdaLambdaLambda (Prishtina)

The performance Show

Feiko Beckers - Stigter Van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Ruta Butkute - Bradwolff & Partners (Amsterdam)
Mauricio Limón de Léon - Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam)
Bert Scholten - Vleeshal (Middelburg)


Deniz Eroglu - Mondriaan Fonds

Prospects & Concepts - Mondriaan Fonds toont talent

Inez de Brauw
Deniz Eroglu
Frederique Jonker
Wouter van der Laan
Sheng-Wen Lo


International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020


International Film Festival Rotterdam
22 January - 2 February 2020

The International Film Festival Rotterdam opens on 22 January. The film program shows work of several alumni:

Tiger Competition

Janis Rafa, Kala azar

Ammodo Tiger short Competition

Rosa Barba, Aggregate States of Matters

Bright Future

Pauline Curnier Jardin, Bled Out - Ausgeblutet
Matthijs Munniek, Hyperplanar


Adrian Melis, Engagement Rate Formula


Manon de Boer, Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca
Yu Araki, Fuel
Bo Wang, Murmuring Debris and Leaves Silently Fall

Manon de Boer, 'Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca' Manon de Boer, 'Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca'

Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2020

Resident Özgür Kar and alumna Isabelle Andriessen have been nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2020. The accompanying exhibition with the work of all fijve nominated artists will be on view at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam from 1 February until 22 March 2020.


Aditya Mandayam (1983-2019)

We are sad to hear that artist Aditya Mandayam has passed away on December 31. Aditya was resident at the Rijksakademie in 2012 and 2013.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends in these difficult times.

(Former) residents, advisors and staff of the Rijksakademie

Aditya Mandayam in his installation at RijksakademieOPEN 2013 (photo by Gert Jan van Rooij) Aditya Mandayam in his installation at RijksakademieOPEN 2013 (photo by Gert Jan van Rooij)

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.”

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