Category Archives: exhibitions

Open Studio 2015: introduction of participants

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-29 om 17.20.20

The 1st years made a small booklet for the upcoming open studio’s to introduce their practice.

You can view the whole booklet here:


Please be welcome for the opening this week, july 2nd 16.00 h, Onderwijsboulevard 256, Den Bosch

Politics of Installation II, P/////AKT Amsterdam – opening sat june 13, 20.00 h

MFA tutor Bas van den Hurk exhibits at P/////AKT, Amsterdam with Hans Demeulenaere (B) and guest artists Koenraad Dedobbeleer (B) and Lorelinde Verhees.


“By taking aesthetic responsibility in a very explicit way for the design of the installation space, the artist reveals the hidden sovereign dimension of the contemporary democratic order that politics, for the most part, tries to conceal.” – Boris Groys

Politics of Installation is a two-part dialogue between Bas van den Hurk and Hans Demeulenaere, in which they examine their own and each other’s practice, in order to form a new series of works and presentation models together. After the first part in Loods 12 in Wetteren (B), the final part is now presented in P/////AKT. A combination of new works and parts of the previous show, will be displayed in a new arrangement.

Bas van den Hurk’s work is on the verge between painting, fashion, sculpture, installation, architecture and performance, by which he addresses the process of making in its various forms. Hans Demeulenaere plays with the perception of space. His work consists of objects, constructions and frames which integrate both sculptural and daily elements. In Politics of Installation, a title that is derived from a text by Boris Groys in 2009, the artists ask themselves to what extent the making of an installation can attach certain (political) meanings to a space. How do we relate to a shared space? How do we negotiate its use and meaning?

The binding factor in the work of Van den Hurk and Demeulenaere is the changing relation between autonomy and heteronomy. For this reason, they offer multiple points of view in this exhibition. They invited guest artists Koenraad Dedobbeleer and Lorelinde Verhees to make a contribution, as well as several text writers and especially the audience. In this way, the physical space of P/////AKT becomes a ‘place for negotiation’, where the artists engage in a dialogue on the work and the arrangement of the space. Art work and exhibition element will merge somewhere between showing and looking.

Also, an art historical line will be drawn by means of architectural interventions. Bas van den Hurk (re-)constructs a concrete circular element, based on the work of Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens, who introduced the ‘open plan living’ in the 1960’s. He will also present clothing works in collaboration with Sanne Jansen, paintings and bottles with remains from the painting process. Hans Demeulenaere shows a combination of existing and new work, amongst which a reconstruction of a part of the Sonsbeek-pavilion from 1965-’66, built by Aldo van Eyck. Recently, this pavilion was rebuilt in the sculpture garden of Kröller-Müller Museum.

Politics of Installation, part 2 is the third exhibition in the series Not Making Sense As Something Else, which is reflected upon by Freek Lomme (moderator) and Marnie Slater (writer).

Janneke Kornet participates in Preparture, Kunstencluster Wll Fabriek Den Bosch

Janneke Kornet, Aït Benhaddou Morocco 2011

Janneke Kornet, Aït Benhaddou Morocco 2011

Graduate Janneke Kornet (2010) takes part in Preparture, a happening and exhibition for artists that evolves around young art workers with an exhibition and conversations around questions of makership, inspirations and needs for today’s young artists.

The opening is on friday oct. 3, 21.30 h

more info: preparture

Mari Stoel – Here Is Nothing Missing, Scheltema A’dam opening 03.10.14

Mari Stoel

Graduate Mari Stoel (2012) presents “Here is nothing missing – Er ontbreekt heir niets, opening friday oct. 3 17.00 – 18.00 h at bookstore Scheltema, Koningsplein 20 Amsterdam.  The exhibition is on view until sunday 02.11.

(NL) Met ‘Here is nothing missing’ – Er ontbreekt hier niets – laat Mari Stoel (1978) een werk zien waarin hij een alledaags voorwerp, het meest direct voor de hand liggende materiaal om mee te bouwen (een houten plank) verheft tot een decoratief symbool.

Het werk bestaat uit diverse beschilderde houten planken en een foto, waarop hij zichzelf als trotse verzamelaar etaleert. Met het geschilderde gedeelte verwijst Stoel niet alleen naar de schilderkundige truc, de Trompe-l’oeil die kunstschilders o.a. in de 17e eeuw hanteerden om zichzelf rijker te doen voorkomen dan ze waren (goud geverfde knopen en versiersels op mouwen en jacquetten), maar legt de nadruk vooral op het camoufleren van het al bestaande, door het op een supernatuurlijke manier te benadrukken, als een (schijnbaar overbodig ) streven naar perfectie, een licht ironische oefening voor maakbaar geluk.

‘Here is nothing missing’ staat symbool voor het eigen maken van je omgeving, zonder de ware betekenis ervan te ontkennen, of anders gezegd: je moet er altijd wat van maken.

Mari Stoel is alumnus van MFA St. Joost in Den Bosch en academie Minerva in Groningen. Eerder dit jaar gaf hij een solo bij Ten Haaf Projects, in de Laurierstraat. In 2010 won hij de Buning Brongers prijs en werd genomineerd voor de Koninklijke prijs voor schilderkunst in 2014. Meer info kunt u vinden op zijn website:

George Korsmit – Informal artist talk at at Ellen de Bruijne Projects

George Korsmit 

Sending Out The Gods

Informal artist talk with slides and video: 3 July 2014 at 8pm

Please join us and George Korsmit next Thursday at Ellen de Bruijne Projects! Due to limited seating, get there on time to guarantee your seat.

 Exhibition: 28 June – 02 August 2014


Open Studio – Online Catalog

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Functions of Myth – Graduation Show at Club Solo, Breda

with work by Laleh Firoozi, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Yukari Matsumoto, Paulina Mellado and Dimitris Rentoumis. Curated by Thomas I’Anson

The final exhibition of graduating artists from the MFA AKV/St.Joost represents two years of research and development by the participants culminating in this common point of departure. It includes performances, readings, discussions and screenings that take place across the duration of the exhibition (19-29 June). Please refer to  ClubSolo’s website for more information regarding these activities


Laleh Firoozi

Laleh Firoozi (IR) utilizes  many traditional skills, as well as writing and performance, has created her own mythology in the project There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyes. Through her characters, she boldly explores her sexuality with pornographic detail provoking questions not only for the audience but also herself.

2. There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyesperformance : There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyes

1. (left) Bloody ocean_ (middle) Land of devil-angels _(right) Land of dream and sex(left) Bloody ocean (middle) Land of devil-angels  (right) Land of dream and sex


Alexandros Kaklamanos

Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR) presents three video works, two of which are formed from personal narratives, mythological symbols and current socio-political issues. Alex uses his body, immediate surroundings and found footage to create these works. They are both hauntingly familiar in their scenery yet dream like in their execution

4. full circle  (video installation)video installation of the short film full circle

1. MiCROCOSM (video still 1)video still of the short film MiCROCOSM


Yukari Matsumoto

Part of Yukari Matsumoto’s (JP) work encapsulates an extensive body of research surrounding the history, hearsay and folklore of one of the largest and oldest trees in the Netherlands. Exploring this subject she has created a new frame of reference for the tree as a cultural marker and elucidated and expanded upon a field of research of social, cultural and artistic significance which transcends its own site-specificity.

1. De Linde van Sambeek #2, Inner Garden (Collective) De Linde van Sambeek #2, Inner Garden (Collective)

3. WereldboomInterview / Stichting Wereldboom


Paulina Mellado

Paulina Mellado (CL) presents works from an ongoing investigation that creates a convergence between natural and artificial forms. Using painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, forms emerge that approach a proximity to nature that entwine these realities into a quintessential view that is both surreal and enchanting.

2.(right) groningenv-(left) stationsweg(left) Groningen     (right) Stationsweg

1. Blind faithBlind faith


Dimitris Rentoumis

Described by Dimitris Rentoumis (GR) as ‘hybridic projections with a provisional effect’, his installations, such as what is shown in the exhibition, engender a feeling of familiarity through pattern and repetition that combine the use of drawing and computer software to arrive at something ambiguous in both form and concept.

1. DripDrip

2. Appearances Appearances


In September to celebrate this exhibition, a publication by designer Stefano Faoro(IT) and external advisor Thomas I’Anson (GB) will be presented in relation to the exhibition and the show’s prevalent themes


texts by Thomas I’Anson

Alexandros Kaklamanos at the Festival Miden – Total Zero

Full circle, a short film by graduating master student Alexandros Kaklamanos will be screened on Friday 04/07/2014  at  Festival Miden * Total Zero in Greece.
Festival Miden 2014 —- Total zero! (10 years Festival Miden!)
 3-5 of July 2014
Othonos square, Historic Center of Kalamata, GR (21.15h)
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Press Release:
Festival Miden is once more ready to fill Kalamata’s Historic Center with moving images and colorful ideas, presenting once again a powerful program of contemporary videoart from all over the world, from 3 to 5 of July. Celebrating its 10 years anniversary, the festival completes a cycle and sets new goals for the future. In this celebrating event, the festival’s audience will have the chance to meet about 250 videoart creations from all around the globe.

 This year the festival will take place for the first time in Othonos square, making a new start from zero in a new place! Various parallel events, special screenings and tributes will also take place at other locations of the Historic Center of Kalamata (Kallitechniko Steki, dk design studio, Barfly), while REX Hotel’s amphitheatre will host a special retrospective presentation of Festival Miden and a lecture entitled “Unce upon a time there was a festival or Big organizations in the era of crisis” by pioneer Greek media-artist and Professor of Athens School of Fine Arts Manthos Santorineos (3/7).  The entrance is free for the public at all events, as always.

  Invited festivals and curators from abroad this year: Oslo Screen Festival/Norway, Cologne OFF X/Germany, CYLAND platform/Russia and curators  Raffaella Barbato/Italy & Kika Nicolela/Brazil.

Curatorial team: Gioula Papadopoulou, Margarita Stavraki, Martha Zoupa, Maria Bourika, Vassilis Papaefstathiou, Ioanna Dimitrakopoulou-Koutava & Terpsi Kontargyri

for more details:

Bas van den Hurk – residency in New York

Bas van den Hurk , one of the Tutors of the MFA, will live and work in New York from June 16 till August 26 2014 to do a residency for RH Contemporary. During this period he will be producing new works for a solo show opening on September 19th

cropped-header2In a daily base, Images will be uploaded @ 53pearlstreet to give impressions of NYC, visits and happenings that will influence the production of the new works




George Korsmit – Sending Out The Gods

George Korsmit, Tutor at the MFA AKV/St.Joost is presenting his work at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam.

Exhibition: 28 June – 02 August 2014
Opening : 28 June 2014, 3-5 pm
Informal artist talk with slides & video: 3 July 2014 at 8pm

sending-out-the-gods_image_pressreleasepress release:

Ellen de Bruijne Projects is proud to present Sending Out The Gods, an exhibition of new work by George Korsmit.

In the autumn of 2013 George Korsmit left for Seoul to work with several female South Korean shamans (mudang) and in large part hand his artistic decision-making over to them.
In his work Korsmit usually reduces his role of author to that of intermediary. His part in the creation of the work is limited to establishing a set of rules to follow, using dice to determine the dimensions of the colour fields and a blindfold to select the colours. The outcome is unknown and unpredictable.

10489873_903543809672182_8736601095425954793_n For this exhibition George Korsmit has relinquished his authorship to the shamans who conduct their rituals and ceremonies on Mount In Wang in Seoul. The shamans use attributes such as coloured flags, costumes and knives to make contact with spirits of ancestors and gods. Colour plays an important part in these shamanistic rituals, signifying messages from the spirits. The shamans themselves are merely intermediaries in the process. Korsmit asked the South Korean shamans for advice and invited them to choose colours for him, instead of making his usual blind selection.10502500_903543936338836_605022617844510913_nFor two weeks Korsmit worked on Mount In Wang. He felt a kinship with the shamans in his own ritualistic experience as an intermediary between the uncertain and the concrete physical work. As with the Korean shamanistic ceremonies, the procedure of executing his rules involves endurance and accuracy, requiring a dedication and concentration that is at least as important as the final result.
The role of the artist here is not as the prosecutor of meaning but as the witness of phenomena – waiting, listening and accepting the uncertain outcome. Meaning emerges as he follows the plan. 10509560_903543876338842_8068037626741065976_n

The works in the exhibition breathe this concentration on process. On viewing the work you become mesmerized. Whether you look at the round drawings, the video, or sculptures based on previous paintings, the image is elusive, disorienting and impossible to remember. The work involves the viewer, who is caught up in an experience that is difficult to pinpoint. It generates a sense of irrationality, irreducibility and inscrutability. No formal or meaningful analysis makes sense; the colours and shapes captivate the viewer, constantly revealing new relationships. There is no rationale for their configuration. Any contest between form and process, form and anti-form or reason and madness seems ultimately irrelevant. Korsmit’s work allows us the pleasure of participating in a delirium, a deadening of the reasoning faculties, a loss of ‘self’ in the Western sense of the term.


for more details:


Open Studio – 1st Year Master students


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First year master students of the MFA AKV/St. Joost in Den Bosch are going to open their studios on June 286h at 5pm.

duration: June 28th -July 2  , 11am -5pm

Presenting: Danni van Amstel (NL) ,Katrein Breukers (NL), Katherina Heil (DE), Maarten Spons (NL), Giulia Cenci (IT) , Mohadesheh Rahimitabar (IR) , Tyas Leeuwerink (NL), Maud Oonk (NL)



Functions of Myth


illustration: Laleh Firoozi

Press release:

5 graduating artists from the MFA program of AKV St. Joost present their work at Club Solo, Breda in the final exhibition, Functions of Myth.

The diverse practices of, Laleh Firoozi (IR), Yukari Matsumoto (JP), Paulina Mellado (CL), Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR) and Dimitirios Rentoumis (GR), come together in this exhibition that captures their journeys over the past 2 years and reflects their work in the context of myth making and it’s role in art today.

The exhibition includes performances, readings, discussions and screenings that will take place across the duration of the show.

To celebrate this exhibition, a publication in collaboration with the 5 artists and external advisor, Thomas I’Anson (UK) and designer Stefano Faoro (IT) will be presented at Club Solo in September. For more information about this and the other events in the program please go to ClubSolo.NL

Giorgos Kontis’ Solo Show ”Winter kept us warm” Brussels

Giorgos Kontis, graduate of the MFA AKV/St.Joost is having a solo show at EUROCONTROL in Brussels

EUROCONTROL Headquarters
Opening June 18th, 2014
Eurocontrol premises, Brussels

Visiting this exhibition requires a registration until the 13th of June

Press Release:



The Wavering Stage – Lorelinde Verhees & Alwin Lay

Untitled-2Lorelinde Verhees  , former master student of AKV/St.Joost is presenting her work in the duo show ‘The Wavering Stage’ with Alwin Lay at Quartier am Hafen in Cologne.

Opening June 13, 19.00 h

Run for the Shadows – Solo Show

Ton de Boer Gallery presents the Solo Show of the ex-participant Rozemarijn Westerink

31 May – 22 June

Rozemarijn Westerink
Run for the Shadows

Press Release:
We would like to invite you to our Final Exhibition at Conradstraat 70A.
Rozemarijn Westerink has made an effort to excessively abuse the gallery.
Drawings, paintings and murals fuse into a raving teen room.

Opening: Saturday 31 May, 20h00.
t1yr_rozemarijndubbelwebTon de Boer Gallery
Conradstraat 70A
1018 NK Amsterdam
opening hours: 13h00 – 18h00
thursday, friday, saturday and by appointment
Marjoca de Greef
+31 6 166 101 95



(In) None, Each and Every

Second year master student Paulina Mellado is presenting her work in the solo show : (In) None, Each and Every .

Opening 23 of May, 4PM.


Wellington Underground Film Festival (WUFF) 2014

The short film ‘two little weeks’ of the second year master student Alexandros Kaklamanos will be screened on Friday 16th of May in the Wellington Underground Film Festival in New Zealand.

two little weeks - mnmnt

Press Release

From over 1000 worldwide application there will be shown a fantastic selection of short experimental films in a three day festival, the 15th, 16th and 17th of May at the Wellington film Archive, please see the program here for more details:


Zonder Dubbele Bodem – Rijksakademie

Katrein Breukers, a first year master student was working for two weeks with her brother Tim Breukers. On the 9th of May they will present this collaborative work, while offering home made french fries to the visitors. ZonderDubbeleBodem

THERE & THERE – no(w)here


Screen Play – IAFT Antwerp

Alexandros Kaklamanos , one of the second year master students, is featured in the exhibition ‘Screen Play’ which is presented through the vitrines of the International Academy of Film and Television of Antwerp.

Opening : Friday the 4th of April at 18.00

screen play - IAFT

In the dead of night – Solo show / Tamara Dees

//In the dead of night

13 april-17 may 2014
In the dead of night (solo) Galerie van den Berge, Westwal 45, Goes

On Sunday the 13th of April the solo exhibition of Tamara Dees opens at Galerie van den Berge in Goes (NL). It will show recent works and some older works. One of the works is The Disappearance, based on a book about the history of sailing from the seventies. In the book, on every page she colored the ship black with a permanent marker.
You are cordially invited to join the opening of the show at 14 pm, Westwal 45, Goes.

The Disappearance (page 94)

The Disappearance, page 94 (2014)
permanent marker on a page from the book ‘The Joy of Sailing’

 Tamara Dees graduated in 2001 from the Post St. Joost Breda, Visual Arts (MA)

‘One for sorrow, two for joy’

OPENING: expo Masters of Fine Arts /// Thursday 3 april ///16.00
‘One for sorrow, two for joy’
2Period : 17 March – 6 April

Artists: Danni van Amstel (NL), Katrein Breukers (NL), Tyas Leeuwerink (NL)

3 April: Feedback session (closed) OPENING 16.00

4, 5 & 6 April: open  12.00 – 16.00

VORT: Stationsweg 29

5211 TV ‘s-Hertogenbosch



DAAN GIELIS / Interpunction #7

Daan Gielis , former participant, presents his work in the exhibition Interpunction #7 at the Tatjana Pieters Gallery.

Opening : Sunday 30. March 3-6 pm On view until 04.05.2014





Wed – Thu – Fri – Sat – Sun
from 2 till 6 pm
or by appointment outside of regular opening hours


Nieuwevaart 124/001
9000 Gent
T +32 9 324 45 29

Tanya Long – Photography As: Seven Years Without a Camera

Photography As: Seven Years Without a Camera is a retrospective exhibition of analogue camera-less photography by the American artist Tanya Long , an ex participant of the MFA AKV/St.Joost. Long’s practice researches the possibilities of photography beyond a mechanically rendered representation. Photography is reduced to its essence: light and time.

The official opening is Saturday 29 march from 17:00 to 21:00 

On view until 14 April 2014
Friday & Saturday: 13:00 – 21:00 Sunday: 13:00 – 17:00
Or by appointment:

Temporary Art Centre, Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven
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Let Gooooo – Middelburg NL

Giorgos Kontis, graduate of our master program, has a solo show at ruimte CAESUUR in Middelburg.

Opening : Saturday March 22nd at 16.00.                                                                         The exhibition will run until May 3rd, and it is curated by Just Quist.

teamCaesuur invites you at the opening of the exhibition of the painter Giorgos Kontis on Saturday March 22nd at 16.00. ”It is the first of a new series, in which we take an exhibition as a work in progress: we not only will show you the work of an artist in ruimteCaesuur, we also will let you witness the set-up of an exhibition, the way the artist is playing along with this space, the way the space itself has been established, and especially the way the work may take meaning in the artist’s hands in this space in front of the public, and to that we will appeal to your own imagination.We therefore will invite you during this exhibition to all sorts of activitites: a lecture, aperformance, a happening, a table-talk and so on.Fore this new series we’ve consigned everything to a curator, Just Quist, who too hasreshapen the space of ruimteCaesuuur in order to investigate the way meaning arises in a indefinite space by the interaction between artist, organizers, and public making visible the object of everybody’s imagination.”

Invitation CaesuurGiorgos Kontis:

“I was delighted to receive the invitation by Just Quist to participate in the ‘Let Gooooo’ project. What came along with this invitation were firstly enthusiasm, based on the challenge of how to deal with the exhibit of my work, and secondly anxiety, because of the numerous ways that this could possibly take place and the need to invent and propose a more personal way. How do we deal with the ‘painted image’ and how and what the exhibition of it could be? Could it be a workshop or a form of exhibiting of the whole process that leads to the painted image, rather than plainly the display of the latter?  My work is focused on painting and I see painting as a process whose outcome is what I like to call the painted image. The use and function of the painted image have become central in my contemplation on painting. How can it be displayed and how does it radiate itself? And more specifically in abstract painting: does it bear a religious hue, does it function as an Icon?  Regarding the concerns of my art practice and by the occasion of Just’s invitation I decided to focus on the dialogue that can be created between my work and the beautiful space of Ruimte Caesuur. Though, my ambition is this dialogue to take a more substantial character and through it the viewer to have the chance of an insight into my work and the questionings that surround it.”  G. kONTIS_CAESUUR_ Photo1-DOCfor more information :   and