Alumni of the Rijksakademie

31 Aug - 14 Oct 2012

Alumni of the Rijksakademie
31 August - 14 October 2012

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (in 1870 established by law) is an artists' institute for selected national and international top talent. It's name refers to the classical Akademia, a place where philosophers, academics and artists meet to test and exchange ideas and knowledge. Rijksakademie creates an environment in which artists can concentrate on research, experimental and creating progressive art. A two-year retreat where artists can really focus on developing their work. This has spawned many world renowned artists.

For this unique exhibition Foam has selected a few Rijksakademie alumni of recent years that have worked in varied ways with photography as medium or subject. Their inquiring attitude has been translated to images that deal with the visualisation of history, looking and the interpretation of archives. Participating artists, among others, are Gwenneth Boelens, Lotte Geeven & Sema Bekirovic, Zachary Formwalt, Gert Jan Kocken and Paulien Oltheten.

The exhibition does justice to the foundations of the Rijksakademie and reflects the consistent high quality of the former residents of this internationally renowned institution. With this exhibition Foam underlines the importance and unique position of the Rijksakademie for the development of exceptionally talented (inter)national artists.

Tags: Gwenneth Boelens, Zachary Formwalt, Lotte Geeven, Paulien Oltheten