Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam

Job Koelewijn


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Born 1962, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)

Job Koelewijn is a conceptual artist, whose work at the same time is often highly sensory.  Although his work takes on various forms – ranging from space-filling and site-specific installations to video, photographs and sculptures – they are essentially always interventions in reality with the aim of intensifying the experience of a place or moment, creating enhanced awareness and sharpening the mind. To achieve this, Koelewijn’s work tends to appeal to several senses simultaneously, making the viewer aware that their senses are conditioned. 
Language is an important element in Koelewijn’s oeuvre as well and appears in his work in the shape of poetry, literature and philosophy. Since 2006, Koelewijn reads out loud for 45 minutes each day,  as part of his Ongoing Reading Project (1 February 2006-present), looking at reading as an exercise for the mind.

Selected solo exhibitions include: De Pont (NL, 2008), Henry Moore Foundation (UK, 2003), Foksal Galerie (PL, 2001), Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art (FI, 2001), Chisenhale (UK, 2001), De Appel (NL, 2001), Van Abbe Museum (NL, 1995), Vleeshal center for contemporary art (NL, 1995)
Biennials: 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial: Asia Time’, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (CN 2015), ‘Everywhere’, Busan Biennial (KR, 2006), ‘Post Natural’, Ca’Zenobio, 49th Venice Biennial, Venice (IT, 2001), ‘Appertutto’ 48th Venice Biennial, curated by Harald Szeemann, Venice (IT, 1999), ‘Among Others (curated Bart de Baere)’, San Francesco della Vigna, 46th Venice Biennial, Venice (IT, 1995)

Koelewijn’s work is part of the collections of a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), MUHKA (BE), Guangdong Museum of Art (CN), S.M.A.K. Ghent (BE) and Museum Voorlinden (NL).

1996-1997 PS 1, New York, USA
1993-1994 Sandberg Institute (MFA), Amsterdam, NL
1987-1992 Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design, Amsterdam, NL

2006 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art
2002 Nebest Award
1999 Sandberg Award
1996 Charlotte Köhler Prize

Solo exhibitions

Presentation Front Space, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

Portals, Art Basel OVR (duo with Juliette Blightman)

‘A Collection of Works’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Higher Contradictions’, Galerie Fons Welters, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, NL

‘Real Fiction Cinema’, Dongguan, CN

‘Collage / Storyboard’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘The Real Fiction Cinema Tour’, Claus Littman Bureau, Zurich, CH

‘Loco Motion’, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, NL

‘What is the Word’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BE

‘Continuing Performance’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

Art Unlimited, Galerie Fons Welters Art Basel 35, Basel, CH
‘People can only deal with the fantasy when they are ready for it’, De Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘Signs and substance’, Liebaert Projects, Kortrijk, BE

‘Durée’, STROOM, Den Haag, NL
‘Try and See it Your Way’, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, UK

‘Running Shadow’, Stella Lohaus Galerie, Antwerp, BE

‘Time Machine’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Foksal Galerie’, Warsaw, PL
‘Common Ground’, Begane Grond, Utrecht, NL

‘Editions 1993-2000’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Flucht ohne e’, Studio K, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
‘Double Dutch (with Cees Krijnen)’, Galleria Laura Pecci, Milan, IT
‘Jump’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

‘Job Koelewijn (with Olafur Eliasson)’, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
‘The Well’, Huis aan de Werf Beeldende Kunst, Utrecht, NL

‘Stella Lohaus Gallery’, Antwerp, BE
‘A Dutchman in New York’, Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag, NL

Art Statements, Galerie Fons Welters, Art Basel 27, Basel, CH

‘The World Is My Oyster’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘App. BXL (with Moritz Küng)’, Brussels, BE
‘Het Glazen Huis’, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL

‘Blow’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands

Group exhibitions

‘Nieuw Aanwinsten’, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, NL

‘Vrijdenkers: van Spinoza tot nu’, Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Hoop’, 2e Biënnale Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek, Oosterhout, NL
‘Enclosed’, Teseum, Tongeren, BE

‘De Route wordt opnieuw berekent’, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, NL

‘speak, memory’, W139, Amsterdam, NL
‘VRIJHEID – De vijftig Nederlandse kernkunstwerken sinds 1968’, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NL
‘The Classics; Tom Claassen, Job Koelewijn, Maria Roosen, Berend Strik’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Out of Office – Kunstschatten uit bedrijven’, Singer Laren, NL
‘Gerrit turns 50, Willem only 28’ | Anniversary Show Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
‘Architectural Healing’, De Koepel, Haarlem, NL
‘Nothing is Permanent’, Manifesta In House Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
’30 Jaar Heineken Prijs voor de Kunst’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

‘Weer Zien’, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, NL
‘To Seminar’, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, NL

‘Zie de Mens – 100 jaar, 100 gezichten’, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NL
‘ONZIJN – curated by Jurgen Bey’, WOW Amsterdam, NL
‘Broken White’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
‘Preview’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Once in a Lifetime’, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL
‘Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945’, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL
‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’, Despacio, San José, CR

‘Spiegeloog, het zelfpotret in de Nederlandse kunst’, Museum Arnhem, NL
‘Addition, Gift collection Pieter and Marieke Sanders’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘O MUSE!’, De Hallen Haarlem, NL
‘1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial: Asia Time’, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN
‘When I Give, I Give Myself’, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Days push off into nights (curated by Christina Li)’, Spring Workshop, HK

‘Zomeren op de buitenplaats’, Buitenplaats Beeckestijn, Velsen Zuid, NL
‘Repeat 2.0’, 38CC, Delft, NL

‘Ik hou van Holland, Nederlandse kunst na 1945’, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL
‘Touching Textiles’, Cultuurcentrum de Ververij Ronse (icw Muhka), Antwerp, BE

‘Collectie XXXII’, Muhka, Antwerp, BE
‘Artmandu’, Kathmandu International Art Festival, NP
‘Road to Kathmandu’, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague, NL
‘BETER, de kunst van gezondheid (BETER, the art of healing), research exhibition’, Haaglanden Medical Centre, The Hague, NL
‘CER VARIABIL, Works from the Romenian Mircea Pinte Collection and from the collection G + W Netherlands’, Collectors House, Heerlen, NL

‘IKJIJWIJ’, Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL
‘De Nederlandse identiteit? De kracht van heden’, De Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘Imagine Being There’, Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL
‘Screaming from the mountain’, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NO

‘Multiple Visions, Archaeology and Topicality of the artwork as/in edition’, NICC, Antwerpen, BE
‘Noord-Holland Biennale 2010’, Noord Holland, NL
‘Beeld Hal Werk’, Amsterdam Noord, NL
‘Monumentalism— History and National Identity in Contemporary Art: Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘De Nederlandse identiteit?’, De Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘Happy Street (John Kormeling)’, World Expo Shanghai, CN
‘Double Infinity (Developed by Van Abbe Museum)’, Dutch Culture Centre in Shanghai , CN
‘Morality Act III; And the moral of the story is…’, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL

‘Difference on Display’, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL
‘Borders and Beyond’, Kunsthalle Helsinki, FI
‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Discovering Slowness’, CEAC, Xiamen, CN
‘Towing the Line, Drawing Space (40 Dutch artists defining the moment in Holland)’, White Box, New York, USA
‘Double Dutch’, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, USA
‘Echigo -Tsunami Art Triennial 2009’, Niigata, JP
‘Stardust’, Fundament, Tilburg, NL
‘May & June’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BE
‘Take the Money and Run’, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
‘A story of the Image (Visual arts as visual culture)’, Shanghai Art Museum (i.c.w. MUHKA Antwerpen), CN
‘Chinetik’, Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH
‘Collectie XXIV’, Muhka, Antwerp

‘Carried Away – Procession in Art’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NL

‘Group show with Gallery Artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Helden van Holland’, De Nieuwe Kerk, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Een lek in het zwijgen’, Poëziezomer Watou, BE
‘Drawing Typologies. Voorstel tot Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen Tekeningen’, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, NL
‘Twee en twintig duizend vijfhonderd: De Collectie Almere, aanwinsten 01-07’, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘Modern Solitude’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Night of the 25th’; MiArt 2007 (Arcipelagi Olanda), Milan, IT
‘Contour / Continuiteit’, Heden en Verleden, Museum het prinsenhof, Delft, NL
‘The discovery of slowness’, KW14, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
‘Future systems: Rare moments; Dreaming the future in the present’, Kunstmuseum Linz, AT

‘Nederland 1’, Museumgouda, Gouda, NL
‘Everywhere’, Busan Biennial 2006, KR
‘Panoramic’, Be-Part, Waregem, BE

‘ADAM’, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL
‘Territoria’, Prato and the Bisenzio Valley, IT
‘Collectie zomer 2005: de Zomer van Middelburg’, MUHKA, Antwerp, BE
‘Group Show with Gallery Artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Leporello, een reis door de collectie (curated by Carel Blotkamp)’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
‘H x B x D: The Rabobank Art Collection’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL

‘Nederland niet Nederland, Aankopen 1980-2004’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
‘Safety and peace! Order and Freedom!’, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana,, SI
‘Wonderholland’, Mercati di Traiano, Rome, IT
‘Secrets of the nineties’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL
‘Entropy: on the vanishing work’, AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bozen, IT
‘Olandu Burias’, CAC, Vilnius, LT
‘Job Koelewijn, Wolfgang Plöger, Gert Robijns, Joëlle Tuerlinckx’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BE

‘People Die of Exposure’, SMART project space, Amsterdam, NL
‘Dreamscapes, beelden op de berg 8’, Wageningen, NL
‘Outlook. Landschaftsbezogene Kunstprojekte in der Luneburger Heide’, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, DE

‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Hell Gruen’, Düsseldorfer Hofgarten, Düsseldorf, DE
‘Octopus’, Werfplein, Veemarkt, De Republiek, Blindekenskapel Brugge, BE
‘Grimbergen 2002’, Grimbergen, BE
‘De Grote Hoop’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
‘Self Exposure’, Harmoniegebouw, Groningen, NL
‘Contemporary Art from The Netherlands’, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, DE

‘Group show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Post Natural (curators: Jaap Guldemond, Marente Bloemheuvel)’, Ca’Zenobio, 49th Venice Biennial, Venice, IT
‘From the Low Countries’, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, DK
‘Waterproof’, Fort Asperen, Beesd, NL
‘The Beauty of Intimacy’, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
‘Silhouettes ‘n Shadows’, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, NL

‘Summer Show with artists from the gallery’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Home is where the heART is’, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
‘Metro>Polis’, Brussels, Underground, Brussels, BE
‘Orbis Terrarum. Ways of Worldmaking (Cartography and Contemporary Art)’, Antwerpen Open, BE
‘Amateur/Eldsjäl’, Göteborg Museum of Art, Göteborg, SE
‘Dream Machines (National touring exhibition organised by Hayward Gallery)’, London, UK
‘The Inivisible Touch’, Kunstraum Innsbruck, AT
‘Accrochage’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, BE

‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Apertutto (main-exhibition by Harald Szeemann)’, 48th Venice Biennial, Venice, IT
‘Panorama 2000’, Dom, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
‘Tales of the Tip’, former landfill Bavel, Breda, NL
‘Avoiding Objects’, Apex Art, New York, USA
‘Signs of Life’, Melbourne Biennial, Melbourne, AU
‘Nieuwspoort Internationaal Perscentrum’, Den Haag (Curator Jhim Lamoree), NL
‘De Bodem van de nacht’, Lokaal 01, Breda, NL
‘Post-tragi-KoMik’, Pallazo delle Papese, Siena, IT
‘Dots and Loops’, MK Expositieruimte, Rotterdam, NL
‘Kunst op basis van verhalen in het Stellingwerf’, In Verbelinge, Ooststellingerwerf, NL

‘J.C. van Lanschotprijs voor beeldhouwkunst’, S.M.A.K., Gent, BE
‘Transparanties’, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL
‘NL. Hedendaagse kunst uit Nederland rondom de collectie van het Van Abbemuseum’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
’10 Jaar Charlotte Köhler Prijzen’, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, NL
‘Moving In’, Ecowijk, Amsterdam, NL
‘Re: Zero = 0’, Arti en Amicitae, Amsterdam, NL
‘Going Up the Country, Kunstenaars uit Galerie Fons Welters’, ACHK De Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘The Centre Holds. Report from the art scene Netherlands (Curator: Rudi Fuchs)’, Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne, DE

‘Some Dutch Artists’, Projekgruppen LXX, Arhus, DK
‘Lost in Space’, Kunstmuseum Luzern, CH
‘Le Petit Set Land’, Shedhalle, Frauenfeld, CH
‘Wat af is, is niet gemaakt’, De Utrechtse School/Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht, NL
‘Het Drinkglas’, internationale glasmanifestatie Leerdam en omstreken, Fort Asperen, Beesd, NL

‘Peiling 5’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
‘Dialog Cultur NL’ – NRW, Restraum, Düsseldorf, DE
‘Shelter’, Park Wolfslaar, Brede, NL
‘The Unbelievable Truth’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘The Unbelievable Truth’, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

‘TIME’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Photography’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘4th International Istanbul Biennial’, Istanbul, Turkey
‘Among Others (curated Bart de Baere)’, San Francesco della Vigna, 46th Venice Biennial, Venice, IT
Art Cologne 1995, Stand Galerie Fons Welters, Cologne, DE
‘Shift’, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
‘presentation: De Mondiale Kleurwedstrijd’, Festival a/d Werf, NL

‘Slow Whoop Siren’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Getransporteerd Atelier’, Festival a/d Werf, NL
‘7 jonge Kunstenaars’, Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, NL

‘Le Vent du Nord VIII’, Institut Neérlandais, Paris, FR


Caldic Collection, The Netherlands, NL
My name is Spinoza, W139 and SKOR, Amsterdam, NL
Formule B, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, NL

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, CN
Stedelijk Museum Arnhem, NL
MUHKA, Antwerpen, BE
De Pont, Tilburg, NL
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
Museum De Domijnen, Sittard, NL
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
Achmea Art Collection, NL
Rabobank Art Collection, NL
ABN AMRO Collection, NL
AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, NL
De Nederlandsche Bank, NL