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.


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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

Almende, the second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag


Almende, the second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag
6 -9 September 2018

The Beetsterzwaag Triennial is a festival for visual art that revolves every three years and is organized by Kunsthuis SYB.

In Almende, the second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag, guest curators Julia Geerlings and Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk connect the theme “iepen mienskip” (open community) with the ancient concept of “almende”. The term “almende” dates back to the dark ages and refers to a jointly owned share held by a community in undeveloped, undivided commons of pastures, forestry and fisheries. The curators want to reintroduce the notion of almende and use it to reconsider the notions of shared responsibilities and interests that coincide the shared use of land, landscapes and public space.

29 Artists realised 26 projects at various historical locations in the Opsterland area. All of the selected artists work from an understanding and an awareness of the entanglement of nature and culture, and they all concentrate on developing alternative forms of community and society.

The participating Rijksakademie resident and alumni are:

Isabelle Andriessen (RA 17/18)
Feiko Beckers (RA 10/11)
Helen Dowling (RA 10/11)
Eric Giraudet de Boudemange (RA 12/13)
Müge Yilmaz (RA 13/14)


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 1-5-2018

Guest resident Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

As of today, guest resident Sawangwongse Yawnghwe will work at the Rijksakademie during the month May.

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe is born in Shan State, Burma. His works critique dominant Burma-centric artistic and historical narratives by presenting a personal, fictive counter-historiography, through a fictional museum, and the feature of suppression—what remains under the surface or hidden. Yawnghwe’s grandfather, belonging to the Shan ethnic minority was the first president of Burma. He spoke out for the place of all minorities within the Burmese constitution. In the military coup in 1962, he was killed in custody. The forest camp in which the artist was born in exile, was controlled by the Shan State Army, that had been established with his grandmother’s help, after his grandfather, and his uncle were assassinated. ‘Yawnghwe Office in Exile’ is a large installative work, of a missing archive of suppressed histories and unrecorded moments, made in painting. Should politics one day turn around, his works could very well occupy a real museum located at his family’s palatial home in Yawnghwe, which he never saw. ‘If this were to be shown in a village somewhere in Shan State, it would not be the same as it is here. We might risk getting shot at. Recently there had been attacks by the Myanmar Military in the Northern Shan State. There, in Shan State, art is magic, art is somehow this special power. It would be only translatable in this sense.’ (SY in an interview with Joram Kraaijeveld for the exhibition 'Kamarados' at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, 2015.) 
Fiction and reality meet within Yawnghwe’s thoroughly researched works. They represent an indictment, from an artist engaged with academics, human rights activists, journalists and writers working in Myanmar, and the writings of his father, who left diaries which the artist inherited after his death. Yawnghwe’s acute use of investigative methodology, is tempered by the way in which he uses it to approach philosophical problems about what history means when the narratives of minorities have been dismantled and erased. It is also a sharp critique of capital, while an attempt to describe its contradictions, political flows and fallouts.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

publication date 1-5-2018

10th Berlin Biennale

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
We don’t need another hero
9 June – 9 September
We don’t need another hero is curated by Rijksakademie advisor Gabi Ngcobo with a curatorial team composed of Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba.

Participating Rijksakademie alumni are:

Moshekwa Langa (ZA, RA 97/98)
Basir Mahmood (PK, RA 16/17)
Thierry Oussou (BJ, RA 15/16)
Sam Samiee (IR, RA 14/15)

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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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)

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Em'kal Eyongakpa
Henrike Grohs Award

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 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.