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School of Fine Art

School of Fine Art

Please feel free to visit Willem de Kooning Academy's Graduation Festival in the Fenixloodsen in Katendrecht, Rotterdam.

From June 23 until July 3, you can enjoy work by our 325 bachelor graduates in media, art, design and education. Visit our graduation shows, festive diploma and award ceremony, fashion show and film festival.

For the complete programme, go to our special WdKA Graduation Festival page and keep an eye on the website for updates.

Please feel free to visit Willem de Kooning Academy's Graduation Festival in the Fenixloodsen in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. From June 23 until... Lees verder

In her work, Paulina Olowska explores forgotten aesthetics of modern movements in the twentieth century. Through repetition and the use of references, she redefines their narrations and romantic utopias. Employing a wide range of media, including painting, collage, installation, performance, video, fashion and music, she combines stories of women with social problems and functional art, often engaging with the public space and its sculptures, neon lights and wall paintings.

Paulina Olowska was born in Gdansk and currently lives in Raba Nizna, Poland. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Fine Arts Academy in Gdansk, before being invited to the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2001/2002. Her work has been shown in numerous international art venues, including KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (during the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej in Warsaw, Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA) in Barcelona and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. She is represented by Gallery Daniel Buchholz in Cologne/Berlin and Metro Pictures in New York.

A public lecture within the framework of the thematic project ‘Who if not She! – Gender Performance, the Feminist Concern: Towards a Different Artistic Repertoire' curated by Jan Verwoert.

We have seen enough of the same old patriachal patterns repeat themselves in society and the arts. But even though the protest against them by now has its own history, it doesn't mean that things have changed that drastically. Especially not in the art world where, despite the fact that there are so many incredible female artists, writers and curators around, certain prevalent role and career models – modes of presenting your persona and work, modes of claiming territory, modes of gaining, wielding and sustaining power – still give particular types of men access to privileged positions and make life considerably more difficult for women.

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. Next to being a contributing editor to Frieze magazine he also writes for contemporary art journals and magazines including Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006 by Afterall Books/MIT Press.

Piet Zwart Institute, part of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam UniversityPostgraduate studies and research'Is It About Man and Woman?'a performance by Paulina Olowska and Jan Verwoertdate: 08.03.2011time: 19.30h location: Piet Zwart Institute, Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam

In her work, Paulina Olowska explores forgotten aesthetics of modern movements in the twentieth century. Through repetition and the use of... Lees verder

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wanta book presentation by Jan VerwoertFebruary 17, 19.30hrsLocation: Piet Zwart InstituteMauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam

The presentation will focus on central themes that Verwoert has been developing in pursuit of a language to describe art's transformative potential in conceptual, performative and emotional terms.

Edited by Vanessa Ohlraun from Piet Zwart Institute, many of the selected essays published in 'Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want' explore the emotional power games that shape social relations. In his writings, Verwoert looks for an alternative ethos of action and feeling, asking: “How can a modernist approach to artistic form as a means of social critique be expanded to fully avow its subliminal affective undercurrents, and produce a pleasurably crooked form of criticality in art and writing?”

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. Next to being a contributing editor to Frieze magazine he also writes for contemporary art journals and magazines including Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006.

Interesting? Get yourself a copy of Verwoert's book:

Jan VerwoertTell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wantedited by Vanessa Ohlraunco-published by Piet Zwart Institute (part of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University) and Sternberg Press: Berlin/New Yorkdesign by Nienke TerpsmaJuly 2010, English12 x 18 cm, 312 pp., 20 b/w ill., hardcoverISBN 978-1-934105-14-6€18 /$22.95

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wanta book presentation by Jan VerwoertFebruary 17, 19.30hrsLocation: Piet Zwart... Lees verder

Exhibition 'If you say something, see something'

July 10 – August 22 2010Opening: July 9, 20hrsLocation: TENT.Rotterdam, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Ghislain Amar (FR), Derek Brunen (CA), Diana Duta (RO), Priscila Fernandes (PT), Bitsy Knox (CA), Tom Kok (NL), Sjoerd van Leeuwen (NL), Bat Sheva Ross (IL), Marnie Slater (NZ), Jay Tan (UK), Selina Taylor (UK), and Annie Wu (AU).

Curated by Mai Abu ElDahab

From 9 July to 22 August, TENT. presents 'If you say something, see something', the graduation show of the PZI Master Fine Art. Twelve artists from various countries present new installations, photographs, videos and performances. The exhibition is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab in collaboration with artist Guy Ben-Ner. The title of the exhibition, 'If you say something, see something', is taken from the title of a poem by Charles Bernstein. Like this word play, it skews the habitual hierarchy of form and content.

Mai Abu ElDahab is director of the art space Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp, BE) and was invited as guest curator for the final presentation. For the past six months, she has been working together with the twelve participating artists on the basis of a brief informed by the students' interests and written by artist Ben-Ner on her request.

Presentation of Promotieprijs 2010

Before the opening, the Promotieprijs 2010 will be awarded to one of the graduates. The Promotieprijs is an initiative by Stichting Promotieprijs. The jury for the Promotieprijs 2010 consists of: chairman Hugo Bongers (secretary Rotterdamse Raad voor Kunst en Cultuur), David Baars (architect), Elizabeth Kleinveld (artist, director Artstart). Last year's Promotieprijs was awarded to Rachel Carey (US).

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication edited by Mai Abu ElDahab and the artists. Design: Kaisa Lassinaro. The publication is available from the reception desk at TENT. for € 4.

Exhibition 'If you say something, see something' July 10 – August 22 2010Opening: July 9, 20hrsLocation: TENT.Rotterdam, Witte de... Lees verder

Piet Zwart Institute alumnus Navid Nuur (Fine Art, 2004) is is nominated for the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010.

Last year, Eylem Aladogan (Fine Art, 1999) won this prestigious award and took away € 7,500. The jury, led by former minister of Culture Hedy d'Ancona, praised Aladogan (1975) for her 'extraordinary professionalism' and 'passion and perfectionism'.

The nominees for the fifth edition are: Sharon Houkema (Drachten, 1975), Navid Nuur (Teheran, 1976), Paulien Oltheten (Nijmegen, 1982) and Mounira Al Solh (Beiroet, 1978).

The winner receives €10,000. This prize is made available by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (in Dutch: Fonds BKVB). The jury consists of: Ronald Plasterk (former minister of Education, Culture and Science), Wilma Sütö (curator modern art Stedelijk Museum Schiedam), Joep van Lieshout (fine artist) and Sacha Bronwasser (art critic).

The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will hold a group exhibition with work by the five nominees. During a live television broadcast of the NPS programme Kunststof TV in Amsterdam's Studio Plantage on May 30, the winner of the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010 will be announced.

source: de Volkskrant March 1 2010

Piet Zwart Institute alumnus Navid Nuur (Fine Art, 2004) is is nominated for the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010. Last year, Eylem Aladogan (Fine... Lees verder

In his lecture at Piet Zwart Institute, Michael Stevenson will present his new project 'A Question of How Things Behave' currently on show at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp. 'A Question of How Things Behave' pivots around the equally elusive and mythical story of Manfred Gnädinger aka Man (1940-2002).

Alongside the apparently objective display of a selection of Gnädinger's ruinous archive, the project looks concurrently at the theme of uncertainty through the presentation of a new video work produced by Stevenson. In discussing this recent project and his research processes, Stevenson will elaborate on how his work brings together a disparate range of media-often by way of a documentary source-to take an anthropological look at historical events and their possible contemporary relevance.

Michael Stevenson is a New Zealand artist who has been living in Berlin since 2000. In the last five years, Stevenson has realizsed a number of solo projects including: 'Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad', Panama Art Biennial 8, Panama City, 'Lender of Last Resort', Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, 'Persepolis 2530', Arnolfini, Bristol, 'Art of the Eighties and Seventies', Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, 'c/o The Central Bank of Guatemala', CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 'The Smiles are not Smiles', Vilma Gold, London. He has also recently been included in group exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, Tate Modern, London, Athens Biennial, and MACBA, Barcelona.This lecture is presented in collaboration with Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, and Établissement d'en face, Brussels, on the occasion of Michael Stevenson's new solo project 'A Question of How Things Behave' on view in Antwerp from January 30 to March 20, 2010.

For more information please visit the PZI website. See you on the 17th!

In his lecture at Piet Zwart Institute, Michael Stevenson will present his new project 'A Question of How Things Behave' currently on... Lees verder

In 2008 and 2009 respectively, artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art. During a residency at Kunsthuis SYB on the Friesian countryside they will dissect traditional sing along songs (Dutch: ‘smartlab'): what is the relationship between image, sound and content?

The ‘smartlap' (sing along song) is a message of hope, desire, unrequited love and loss, packaged in a universal language that everyone understands. The meaningless emptiness, as a result of this universal language, is often accompanied by beautiful landscapes, folklore, flapping flags, a person in front of a backdrop facing the camera, a theatrical performance and cheap production.

Artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz will spend their residency at Kunsthuis SYB in pursuit of the answers to their questions: What happens when sound is separated from image? In how far does music play a role in generating meaning? What does it mean to perform in front of the camera? And how do backgrounds influence performance? Lyrics, video clips, photo shoots and the image of the ‘'smartlap', will be unraveled. The separated characteristics will make way for new productions. Kunsthuis SYB will play the temporary role of music and film studio alongside the idyllic countryside backdrop of the village of Beetsterzwaag.  In the last weeks of December, the results of their research will be presented in a window presentation at Kunsthuis SYB.

Video artist, performer and sculptor Gerwin Luijendijk  (Zaandam, 1980) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2008. In his installation the spectator and the video monitor become objects in one installation or his body becomes a thing in between things in a sculptural composition. In the installation Rai Uno '83, presented during It Hits My Hair in Wolfsart Project space in Rotterdam, he reconstructed, although with a twist, the background of the 80's video clip of the Italian disco king, Grand Miller. In another work he reenacted Grand Millers performance, but, reduced in this case, the background details to a minimum.   Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz (Berlijn, 1981) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2009. Wolkowicz usually works with film and text in installations and books. In her books and installations she investigates how man reads and spends time with text. She is particularly interested in how the physical relationship between the spectator and the art work contributes to the interpretation of the work.

VOORBIJ DIE WARME ZOMER – Gerwin Luijendijk & Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz'. Working period: November 11 through December 13,  2009; presentation period: December 14, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Kunsthuis SYB, Hoofdstraat 70, 9244 CP Beetsterzwaag/NL. Open: Sat-Sun, 13-17 hrs, and by appointment. Festive presentation: Sunday December 13 2009, starting at 16 hrs.

In 2008 and 2009 respectively, artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art. During a... Lees verder

In the summer of 2006, Katarina Zdjelar finished the master Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute; she was the winner of the first ‘Promotieprijs'. In TENT., she now presents a review of her video works of the last four years. In them, she formulates acid yet catching comments on contemporary social and political issues.

Parapoetics is the first comprehensive presentation of the emerging Rotterdam-based artist Katarina Zdjelar. The exhibition concentrates on recent work, presenting a group of her videofilms of the last four years, alongside with a series of live events. Katarina Zdjelar invites guests such as the performer/ writer Caroline Bergvall (London), sociologist Willem Schinkel (Rotterdam) and philosopher Mladen Dolar (Ljubljana), who has written extensively on the essence of the voice. A Parapoetics reader will be released at the end of the exhibition.

In Zdjelar's video works, the mispronunciation, reformulation or forgetting of language, challenges fixed opinions on the relationship between language and culture. And thus simultaneously opens a new perspective on representation, creativity and mediation.

Katarina Zdjelar (Belgrade, 1979) is a Rotterdam-based artist whose work is rapidly gaining international acclaim. Zdjelar has participated in many group exhibitions (incl. If I Can't Dance in MuhKa Antwerp, Soft Manipulation in Casino Luxembourg Luxemburg, Morality in Witte de With Rotterdam). In 2009 she represented Serbia in the Venice Biennale. Zdjelar attended Piet Zwart Institute (2004-2006) and will be in residence at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam from 2010.

Katarina Zdjelar – Parapoetics'. December 3 2009 – February 7 2010. TENT., Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam/NL. Open: Tue-Sun, 11-18 hrs. Opening: Thursday December 3 2009, starting at 20 hrs.

Source: press release TENT.

In the summer of 2006, Katarina Zdjelar finished the master Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute; she was the winner of the first... Lees verder

This lecture, scheduled to take place on the 24th, is cancelled because of illness of our speaker. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Economy and production have often been dressed up in gothic cliché, such as 'the dark satanic mills' of industrialisation or the equally uncanny 'free hand of the marketplace': a dead limb full of independent activity.



The sociology of the modern monster still applies. Also the zombi – with its highly ambiguous relationship to individuality, consciousness and life itself – begs a contemporary materialist analysis. In this way we may consider the zombi a model for immaterial labour and the way it is underpinned by a celebration of logistics and a colonisation of the brain and the nervous system. Deleuze and Guattari put it radically: “The only modern myth is the myth of zombis – mortified schizos, good for work, brought back to reason.”



With examples from horror literature, visual art and Hollywood zombi cinema, such an analysis – braindead or ridiculous as it may be – can help us dramatise the vegetal innocence and insatiable greed of today's immaterial worker and cultural consumer. An abject masquerade for the experience economy.



A public lecture in the framework of the thematic project “Masquerade” curated for the Piet Zwart Institute by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part of Your Revolution.

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This lecture, scheduled to take place on the 24th, is cancelled because of illness of our speaker. Sorry for any inconvenience. Economy and... Lees verder

Art critic Jan Verwoert will give a series of lectures on secrets and how to handle them. 'Keeping and Sharing Secrets – How to Formulate an Ethics of Attitude' is organised by the master of Fine Art of the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI). The lectures will take place at the Mauritsstraat 36 in Rotterdam on October 14, November 4 and December 2 2009.

Verwoert, who lives in Berlin, writes for contemporary art journals and magazines such as Frieze magazine, Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006.

If you wish to learn more about these and other lectures, please visit PZI's website.

Art critic Jan Verwoert will give a series of lectures on secrets and how to handle them. 'Keeping and Sharing Secrets – How to... Lees verder