publication date 5-11-2018

November Alarm

date 13 November 2018
location Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
time 16.00 - 18.30 hours


On 13 November 1918, a protest was held at the entrance of the Kavallerie Kazerne, the current location of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. This protest marked the beginning of the Red Week in the Netherlands.

Almost 3,000 men, women and children, led by Henriette Roland Holst and other leftist activists, marched down Sarphatistraat and called on the cavalry soldiers to join the march, attempting to break open the gates.

The protest was tragically suppressed by military gunfire.

Please join us on Tuesday 13 November to commemorate the centennial anniversary of these protests with an exhibition and public discussion. In addition there will be a special performance of De Internationale.

This event also celebrates the legacy of poet and activist Henriette Roland Holst and the work of artist Mieke Van de Voort (RA 04/05).

publication date 19-10-2018

Anticipation and Expectation: Books as Exhibition Space - Rijksakademie Reading Room Program on 31 October


Anticipation and Expectation: Books as Exhibition Space

Wednesday 31 October, 16:00 – 18:00
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten
On Wednesday October 31, as part of the public Rijksakademie Reading Room Program, curator Marja Bloem and artist Brenda Tempelaar will respectively address the book as exhibition space.
Most of the time, a publication is merely used as a form of documentation that looks back on an exhibition passed. Seth Siegelaub however, considered the information in the catalogue literally of primary importance: "The exhibition consists of (the ideas communicated in the) catalogue; the physical presence (or the work) is supplementary to the catalogue" he states in the press release for the January Show, 1969.
Marja Bloem will address the position of the Publication as Exhibition Space, relating the topic to Seth Siegelaub who memorably addressed many issues in the visual arts from the 1960's onwards; and searched for alternative ways of exhibiting art. One of his ideas was the pages of the catalogue as art work. The first examples of these ideas are the Douglas Huebler catalogue and the book Statements by Lawrence Weiner. The Xerox book is probably the most famous example. These books are not just artist books in the ways these are considered nowadays; they are the work itself. Still, there is a connection between the two, and one could argue that the aforementioned catalogues have influenced the artist books genre enormously. In the same line, the phenomenon of magazines providing pages to artists to autonomously present their work did not exist before Siegelaub published these catalogues.
In relation to Bloem's more historical positioning and reading of the position of the publication, Brenda Tempelaar will present her publication The Exhibition Tower. Her catalogue is not a keepsake of a bygone exhibition, but the only form in which the series of exhibitions ever existed. The Exhibition Tower is a publication that features a series of four exhibitions staged inside a scale model of a tower that Tempelaar based on the OMA designed building for Lafayette Anticipations in Paris. The exhibition catalogue focuses on the concept of an 18-metre-high void and architectural/curatorial flexibility. The central question throughout the publication is what OMA’s design offers its prospective exhibitioners. Is it just mobile, or does it actually mobilise something? The editorial essay Animating the Ghost Sonata draws a parallel between the tower’s design and a 1907 screenplay by August Strindberg that is about expectations, dreams and house rules. All exhibitions took place behind the closed door of a studio at the Van Eyck academy in Maastricht: the catalogue is the only publically accessible rendition of the series of shows. The Exhibition Tower features works by Stéphanie Lagarde, Graham Kelly, GVN908 and Golnar Abbasi.
About the Rijksakademie Reading Room Program
The Rijksakademie Theory Workshop has invited Vincent van Velsen as a guest resident to develop a public program that will bring people together in an informal setting at the Rijksakademie Library. This central space functions as the symbolic heart of the Rijksakademie, and alike the institute, fosters practices relatively outside the realm of daily business. Both institute and library are considered to be places where thoughts can be developed in relative isolation - as much individually as in collaboration with others. Similarly, the RRRProgam serves as a place for research and as safe haven. It provides the opportunity to openly be, (inter)act, speak and think (different) – in relation to historic and contemporary sources. In that line of thought, Van Velsen developed his RRRProgram that questions the structures of given frameworks: anticipation and expectation.
This event came about through generous input and support of Remco Torenbosch and Omar A. Chowdhury.

Marja J.A.L. Bloem
Marja Bloem is director of Stichting Egrees Foundation, which takes care of a collective conceptual art collection, historical textile and a library on these topics. She began her career at the Municipal Exhibition Service in 's-Hertogenbosch (1969-71) where she was involved in exhibitions on the Belgian painter Roger Raveel, and Dutch artists such as Ferdi, Boezem, Dibbets and Van Elk – amongst others. She accomplished her master's degree in art history at the University of Leiden (1972) and worked as a curator and exhibition maker at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 1971 to 2005. She specialized in art from the 1960's onwards as well as contemporary music.

She was and still is a board member of various foundations in the field of music and contemporary art. Furthermore, Marja Bloem was part of several committees at various funds and sat in many juries, including the Royal Grant for Painting (Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst). She widely gave lectures and published in various magazines, both national and international; and from 1993 to 1998 she was an editor at Kunst- en Museumjournaal. She has published texts about Agnes Martin, Kazimir Malevich, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Tuttle, Marina Abramovic, Gerhard Richter, Imi Knoebel, Georg Herold, Lucio Fontana and the important New Zealand artist Colin McCahon.
Brenda Tempelaar
Elaborating on a position in between art practice, architectural planning and criticism, Brenda Tempelaar (1990) works long-term on bodies of research that explore exhibition scenography, art historical information and non-technical ways of looking at technological innovation. Brenda Tempelaar studied Fine Arts at AKV | St. Joost Breda and Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. She was a participant of the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht and recipient of the price for young art criticism in 2016. She is an editor of Tubelight magazine, contributed to Metropolis M and ArchiNed and wrote essays for P/////akt, the Bonnefantenmuseum as well as various texts for individual artists. Occasionally, she teaches art writing at AKV | St. Joost and lectures on art and writing at various art schools. In 2017, she received an Emerging Artist’s stipend from the Mondrian Fund.
Vincent van Velsen
Vincent van Velsen is an Amsterdam based writer, critic and curator with a background in art and architectural history. He regularly writes for individual artists, institutions and magazines; amongst which Frieze, Flash Art and Metropolis M – where he holds the position of contributing editor. He curated exhibitions for Castrum Peregrini, Framer Framed, Kunsthuis SYB and Museum Flehite, amongst others. In collaboration with Alix de Massiac, he won the second edition of the curatorial prize of the Dutch Association of Corporate Collections (VBCN, 2014) and in 2015/16 he was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. Currently he is working on forthcoming exhibitions for TENT (Rotterdam) and Stroom (The Hague); and in collaboration with Dan Walwin at Nest (The Hague). Van Velsen is an advisor at the Mondriaan Fund, as well as a board member at Frontier Imaginaries and De Appel.


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 4-10-2018

ANTI - Athens Biennale 6

Athens Biennale 6
26 oktober - 9 december

The 2018 biennial "dissects the way we polarize, fight and antagonize in post-digital times: in the age of social media, of neo-reactionary movements, of post-truth nihilism and of conspiracy theories developed by the alt-right."

participating residents

Danielle Dean
Florence Jung

participating alumni

Monira Al Qadiri (RA 16/17)
Brody Condon (RA 05/06)
Raja'a Khalid (RA 17)
Agnieszka Polska (RA 14/15)


publication date 4-10-2018

Buning Brongers prizes 2018

We congratulate Rijksakademie resident Jenny Lindblom and alumnus Rutger de Vries (RA 16/17) with winning the Buning Brongers Awards 2018.

Six artists have won the Buning Brongers Prize and all receive an amount of € 4.500,-. The exhibition takes place from 30 November to 16 December in Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, and will be accompanied by a catalogue with work by the winners.

The prizes will be presented during the festive opening on Friday 30 November 2018.

publication date 20-9-2018

Guest resident Umer Butt


Umer Butt is invited as a Researcher in Residence at the Rijksakademie.

During his 3-months stay Umer Butt (PK), founder and co-director of Dubai-based gallery GREY NOISE, will research the work of Pakistani artist and activist Lala Rukh.

publication date 20-9-2018

We are looking for volunteers for RijksakademieOPEN!

Once a year the Rijksakademie 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 November 23 until Sunday November 25, but we also need volunteers for the special events (Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22).
What we expect from you:
• available between Monday November 19th and Sunday November 25th
• 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 RijksakadamieOPEN 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.


publication date 14-9-2018

Minister of Culture Van Engelshoven prizes Royal Decoration to Els van Odijk


Yesterday Els van Odijk received the Royal Decoration 'Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau' from the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven.

Van Engelshoven gave the opening speech at the event in the Amsterdam Tolhuistuin, where Els van Odijk officially stood down as general director of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

Minister Van Engelshoven paid tribute to Els van Odijk’s more than thirty year career at the Rijksakademie, an internationally renowned institution where talented artists from the Netherlands and beyond make significant developments in their work. She described her long contribution to the Dutch and international art world, and acknowledged the personal commitment that Van Odijk has made to the Rijksakademie in dedicating an important chapter of her life to it, and how that chapter forms not only part of her own biography, but also of many others. She went on to highlight an “essential ‘Els van Odijk’ character trait” being her “perseverance: the drive to push ahead regardless of the apparent obstacles and challenges.”

The Rijksakademie expressed its gratitude to Els van Odijk in a speech by Chris Buijink, Chair of the Supervisory board.

As of September 1, Emily Pethick is the new general director of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.


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.


NOTE FOR EDITORS (not for publication)
For further information, please contact: Sandra Felten (communications), via or +31 (0)20 5270341.
Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, and former general director of the Rijksakademie, Els van Odijk (photo Roy Taylor) Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, and former general director of the Rijksakademie, Els van Odijk (photo Roy Taylor)

publication date 30-8-2018

Rijksakademie alumni participate in 33rd Bienal de São Paulo


33rd Bienal de São Paulo
Sãp Paulo, BR
Affective Affinities
7 September - 9 December 2018

The 33rd Bienal de São Paulo – Affective Affinities seeks to create an alternative model to thematic exhibitions by favouring the artists’ gaze upon their own creative contexts. The event introduces twelve individual projects and seven group shows organised by artist-curators. 



The Slow Bird
Artist-curator: Claudia Fontes (RA 96/97)

For her exhibition titled O pássaro lento [The Slow Bird], Claudia Fontes draws on a metanarrative: a fictional book of the same title whose content is unknown, except for some fragments and a few material remains. Both Fontes and her invited artists present artworks that activate links between the visual arts, literature and translation, through experiences that propose an expanded temporality.

with a.o. Roderick Hietbrink (RA 11/12)


The infinite history of things or the end of the tragedy of one
Artist-curator: Sofia Borges

Sofia Borges’ curatorial project, titled A infinita história das coisas ou o fim da tragédia do um [The Infinite History of Things or the End of the Tragedy of One], explores a collage of mythological references based on philosophical interpretations of Greek tragedy. Her proposal is to investigate the limits of representation and language’s inability to mediate the real.

with a.o. Jennifer Tee (RA 00/01)


publication date 30-8-2018

opening gallery season in Amsterdam

On 8 September several Amsterdam based galleries open the new season with (solo) exhibitions by  Rijksakademie alumni:

Althuis Hofland Fine Arts
Jasper Hagenaar  – Negen vazen

Martin van Zomeren
Jean-Baptiste Maitre - Death Ship Paintings

Stigter van Doesburg
Peggy Franck - The possibility of response

Galerie van Gelder
Brud (Aditya Mandayam)Love Story

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Mauricio Limón de LeónA set of nonverbal fantasies

Ron Mandos
Hans Op de Beeck - Cabinet of Curiosities

Van Zijll Langhout Contemporary Art
Marcel van den Berg & Fraser StewartRuff Draft

Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen Parts, Bits and Pieces

Artist First
Kiki Lamers, Eva Spierenburg - ARTIST FIRST! Introduces…


Huis Marseille
Joscha SteffensTeen Spirit Island


Galerie Onrust
Derk Thijs - YM

AkzoNobel Essential Art Space
Elspeth Diederix, Gijs Frieling, Esther Jiskoot, Shibu Natesan, Otobong Nkanga, Hans Op de Beeck, Sam Samiee, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Jennifer Tee, Guido van der Werve, Sylvie Zijlmans - Common Ground

Danielle van Vree, Inge Meijer - Going Nomad 22-7/9-9

Framer Framed
Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti - Monuments to the Unsung

GET LOST – art route 2018
Monira Al Qadiri - Code of Conduct

Manifesta Office
Olga Balema, Femmy Otten, Berend Strik, Jennifer Tee - Nothing is Permanent

Oude Kerk
Giorgio Andreotta Calò - Anastasis


Stedelijk Museum
Meschac Gaba, Magali Reus, Fiona TanTrue Luxury – Art Acquisitions 2012-2018

Unseen Amsterdam
Elspeth Diederix - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Peggy Franck - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Katrin Korfmann - Kopeikin (Los Angeles, US)
Gabriel Lester - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)
Jimmy Robert - Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam)
Berend Strik - Fons Welters (Amsterdam)


publication date 4-7-2018

Rijksakademie announces artists Residency 2019

Today the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam announces which 22 artists were selected from 1,693 entries for the Rijksakademie Residency 2019.

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 joins the 25 artists who started their residency in 2018.

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 2019 residency year:

Özgür Atlagan (TR)
Salim Bayri (MA/NL)
Sara Culmann (RU)
Tanja Engelberts (NL)
Aldo Esparza Ramos (NL/MX)
Lotte van Geijn (NL)
Catalina González (CL)
Lungiswa Gqunta (ZA)
Artor Jesus Inkerö (FI)
Donghwan Kam (KR/NL)
Arturo Kameya (PE/NL)
Özgür Kar (TR/NL)
Yazan Khalili (JO/PS)
Sheng-Wen Lo (TW/NL)
Georgia Lucas-Going (UK/NG)
Silvia Martes (NL)
Ima-Abasi Okon (UK)
Ian Page (US)
Molly Palmer (UK)
Eoghan Ryan (IE)
Mette Sterre (NL)
Kanitha Tith (KH)

The artists of 2019 were announced during the annual Friends Summer Lunch. The Rijksakademie 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 City of Amsterdam and through the Trust Fund Rijksakademie.
Photo Tomek Dersu Aaron Photo Tomek Dersu Aaron

publication date 11-6-2018

Manifesta 12

Palermo (IT)
16 June - 4 November

- The Planetary Garden -

John Gerrard (RA 09)

- 5x5x5 -

'If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change'

Cristina Lucas (RA 06/07)
Janis Rafa (RA 13/14)
Fernando Sánchez Castillo (RA 05/06)
Sarah van Sonsbeeck (RA 08/09)

- opening days program -

Nora Turato (RA 17-18)
performance in Oratorio S. Lorenzo
15-16-17 June


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.


NOTES FOR EDITORS (not for publication)

For further information, please contact: Danielle Kars (secretarial office), via or +31 (0)20 527 0341.

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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)

More information

Em'kal Eyongakpa
Henrike Grohs Award