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Open 2014

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

Rijksakademie. Open is the only moment of the year that all 49 resident artists of the Rijksakademie (the renowned residency program) in Amsterdam will open the doors of their studios and welcome the public.

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New director of the Stedelijk Museum emphasises the important role of the Rijksakademie for artist development

Beatrix Ruf has just officially opened RijksakademieOPEN 2014. In her opening speech the new director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam emphasised how important - and how special - it is that the Rijksakademie gives time and space to artists to experiment and develop their work.

Beatrix Ruf: “I was impressed last time to see the workshops. [..]They’re almost like scientific labs where people are able to experiment and test things out. In a world where everything is directed to an immediate product, there is no time or funds to experiment. No time to say, ‘yes, maybe there is failure’. I think failure in the development of an artist is a very crucial thing.

Places like this that give space and time to young thinkers and artists to develop and question their ideas are very important. They’re getting more rare so they’re becoming more of an endangered species. And have to be treasured and saved all over the world.”

Alphons Kurstjens, director Rabobank Amsterdam, emphasised in his speech the important role of the Rijksakademie for the city: “Institutions like this make the city a lively place with room for imagination, creativity and connection.“

The results of the Rijksakademie residency can be seen this weekend during RijksakademieOPEN.

Participating artists 2014
Jisan Ahn (South Korea/Netherlands), Johann Arens (Germany/Netherlands), Shigeo Arikawa (Japan), Mehraneh Atashi (Iran), Nathan Azhderian (United States), Mahmoud Bakhshi (Iran), Paulien Barbas (Netherlands), Marcel van den Berg (Netherlands), Paul Beumer (Netherlands), Catherine Biocca (Italy/Germany), Tim Breukers (Netherlands), Felix Burger (Germany), Ruta Butkute (Lithuania/Netherlands), Quynh Dong (Switzerland), Nickel van Duijvenboden (Netherlands), Olivia Dunbar (Canada/Netherlands), Em'kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon), Feng Chen (China), Jason Gomez (United States), Justin Gosker (Canada/Netherlands), Riley Harmon (United States), Young Eun Keem (South Korea/Netherlands), Carlos Irijalba (Spain), Jisun Kim (South Korea), Joost Krijnen (Netherlands), Adrian Melis (Cuba/Spain), Katja Novitskova (Estonia/Netherlands), Gareth Nyandoro (Zimbabwe), Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela), Naïmé Perrette (France), Agnieszka Polska (Poland), Janis Rafa (Greece), Cheng Ran (China), Lisa Reitmeier (Germany), Magali Reus (Netherlands), Masha Ru (Russia/Netherlands), belit sağ (Turkey/Netherlands), Aykan Safoğlu (Turkey/Germany), Sam Samiee (Iran/Netherlands), Caterina Silva (Italy), Fraser Stewart (Great Britain/Netherlands), Jay Tan (Great Britain/Netherlands), Jouni Toni (Finland), Ehsan Ul Haq (Pakistan), Wouter Venema (Netherlands), Smi Vuković (Canada/Russia), Kemang Wa Lehulere (South Africa), Wu Chi-Yu (Taiwan), Müge Yılmaz (Turkey)

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Saturday 29, Sunday 30
the doors of the studios are open from 11.00 - 19.00 hours.

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Sarphatistraat 470
NL-1018 GW Amsterdam

RijksakademieOPEN 2015
dal 27/11/2015 al 28/11/2015

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