Founded by King William III in 1870, the Rijksakademie was intended to be ‘a haven of international standing’. Today, the Rijksakademie serves as a laboratory for developing talent on an international level. It focuses on facilitating research and production for talented, emerging professional artists from all over the world. There are approximately fifty studios where resident artists work for a period of two years on research, experiment, projects and production. Large project spaces are available for try-outs, collaborations and presentations.
Residents get support at an artistic, technical and theoretical level. Artists, theoreticians and other advisors meet with residents in individual studio visits. The advisors come from different continents, cultures and generations, offering a diversity of views. This results in a dynamic abundance of links between art practice and society, reflecting the diversity of contemporary art practice.
In addition to artistic and theoretical advice, facilities include extensive technical workshops, a library, artists' documentation and art collections (Expertise Center).
Resident artists pursue all major contemporary visual art disciplines: painting, drawing, photography, print-making, sculpture, video, film, sound and new media. Links with other disciplines such as architecture, music, dance, literature and cinematography are possible.
Each year, out of almost 2000 applicants, around twenty-five artists are invited for a residency period. Primary selection criteria are excellence and possibilities for further development. After finishing their art education, resident artists generally work for three to five years as professional artists. It is a proven fact that at this stage of an artist’s career a residency has the most impact.
Applications for a residency can be sent in every year until February the 1st of the year preceding the residency period.
read » 2012 el Despacho weblaunch 'The ABC of Cinema'during RijksakademieOPEN 2012
Sunday 2/12, el despacho weblaunch and discussion in Rijksakademie Talks during RijksakademieOPEN 2012.
Discussion with advisor and film maker, Kees Hin and former resident/founder el Despacho, Diego Gutierrez and former resident Gal Kinan.
3 pm - 4 pm - Rabo Room, ground floor
read » 2010 Visit Marco Paulo Rolla & Marcos Hill, CEIA, Brazil (12/8/10)
read » 2010 Visit Goddy Leye, ArtBakery, Cameroon
read » 2009 Visit Hama Goro, Centre Soleil d'Afrique
read » 2009 Visit Diego Gutièrrez, el despacho, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Visit Diego Gutièrrez, el Despacho, visits the Rijksakademie. Presentation of his upcoming project 'Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner' and studio visits.
read » 2009 Talking About. six artists and cultural producers from Cameroon
Presentation and discussion with 6 artists and cultural producers from Cameroon
read » 2009 Visit Ade Darmawan and Reza Afesina, ruangrupa
read » 2009 RijksakademieOPEN 2009, 28 and 29 November, 11 AM - 7 PM
read » 2008 Visit Hama Goro, Centre Soleil d’Afrique
Centre Soleil d’Afrique
read » 2008 Visit Diego Gutièrrez, el Despacho
read » 2008 Visit Greg Streak, PULSE
read » 2008 workshop ‘The RAIN-network and beyond’ in RES Artis Meeting ‘Artists in Dialogue’, Amsterdam
The Workshop 'The RAIN-network and beyond' was designed for those interested in starting up or expanding artists residencies and/or artists' platforms.
After an introduction by Janwillem Schrofer, President of the Rijksakademie, Greg Streak from Durban talked about his experiences, pitfalls and plans for his artists' platform 'PULSE'.
Marcel Pinas (resident in 2007 and 2008) talked about backgrounds, ideals and plans for a centre in Moengo, Marowijne, Suriname. After some general and specific criteria for setting up those residencies/centres, the workshop was concluded with a 'playful' interactive Questions and Answers with the audience.
read » 2007 Flashbacks on Painting Beyond Painting
read » 2007 'Indonesian Contemporary Art after 1998' lectur by Agung Hujatnikajennong
Agung Hujatnikajennong wrote an essay for the book 'Jakarta Megalopolis'. He was invited by the publisher Valiz,to give a talk in the NAi, Rotterdam and a discussion in De Balie, Amsterdam on behalf of the lauch of this book. The publication was a result of a participation in ruangrupa's video festival of Stani Michiels and the ruangrupa 'Apartment Project' workshop in which Arjan van Helmond participated.
Jakarta Megalopolis. Horizontal and Vertical Observations.
Authors/artists Arjan van Helmond, Stani Michiels.
Essays: Charles Esche, Agung Hujatnikajennong, Abidin Kusno, Gerardo Mosquera
ISBN 90-78088-01-x (title
read » 2006 Visit Greg Streak, PULSE
read » 2005 Visit Diego Gutièrrez, el Despacho
read » 2005 Visit Hama Goro, Centre Soleil d’Afrique
read » 2005 Chines Whispers by Claudia Fontes
read » 2004 Book presentation Shifting Map and exhibition in Rijksakademie
read » 2004 Visit Marco Rolla, Marcos Hill, CEIA
read » 2003 Visit Ade Darmawan and Indra Ameng, ruangrupa
read » 2002 visit Claudia Fontes, Marina de Caro, TRAMA
read » 2002 Soiree Africaine
read » 2001 Debate RAIN publication Silent Zones
read » 2000 Presentation RAIN partners at Rijksakademie