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Rineke Dijkstra et al.

Mother! (group show)
Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
1 October 2021 – 6 February 2022

Fassade Kunsthalle Mannheim, © Kunsthalle Mannheim, Constantin Meyer, Köln
Fassade Kunsthalle Mannheim, © Kunsthalle Mannheim, Constantin Meyer, Köln

Whether loving or distant, near or far, alive or dead, mothers are the source and existential beginning of human life. There is hardly another term or concept that evokes more manifold associations of, reactions to, and clichés about roles. The international exhibition MOTHER! shows how art has conveyed changing perceptions of motherhood from Old Masters and early avant-garde artists to the present day. Showing works ranging from Louise Bourgeois, Rineke Dijkstra, and Paula Modersohn-Becker to Yoko Ono, Pablo Picasso, and Egon Schiele, the show concentrates on the period when the feminist revolution challenged the traditional role assigned to women. From the invention of the contraceptive pill and legalized abortion in the twentieth century to current ideas of roles including biotechnological possibilities and queer family structures, the image of the mother is investigated with regard to cultural expectations and norms. The exhibition brings together contemporary art, art historical works, films, literature, as well as artifacts from the worlds of science and popular culture, in order to convey the multifaceted topic of motherhood.

Kunsthalle Mannheim


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The Contemporary Art Biennale: Rouge Odyssée (group show)
Bonifacio, Corsica
27 May – 6 November 2022

Image: Rineke Dijkstra, The Buzz Club, Liverpool, UK / Mystery World, Zaandam, NL, 1996-1997, video stills, © Rineke Dijkstra
Image: Rineke Dijkstra, The Buzz Club, Liverpool, UK / Mystery World, Zaandam, NL, 1996-1997, video stills, © Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra will be participating in the first edition of The Contemporary Art Biennale: Rouge Odyssée. Her video work The Buzz Club, Liverpool, UK / Mystery World, Zaandam, NL, 1996–1997, will be presented in Bonifacio, Corsica from 27 May until 6 November 2022.

With this work, Dijkstra offers a portrait of youth in a period of transition and construction. Standing alone against an empty background, a blank page that evokes an inner territory to be shaped, the young men and women in the visited nightclubs are immersed in introspection. They are both vulnerable yet already seem to be creating their own subculture, a world where they will no longer need to fight to find their place. The artwork reveals a picture of something infinitely subtle: an intuition, an intimacy, a graceful and universal truth, which affects our carefully rehearsed and largely bittersweet admission into the world of adulthood.

Organised by De Renava, Rouge Odyssée questions the function of home as a liminal space in perpetual mutation, base of hopes and tensions. From the Mediterranean Sea where waves of thoughts, goods and people have constantly determined History, the show explores the themes of exile, memory and transmission, inviting us to observe human trajectories.

De Renava


Rineke Dijkstra

Sculpture 21st: Rineke Dijkstra (solo show)
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
13 May – 28 August 2022

Image: Rineke Dijkstra, Ruth Drawing Picasso, 2009, video still, © Rineke Dijkstra
Image: Rineke Dijkstra, Ruth Drawing Picasso, 2009, video still, © Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra’s video work Ruth Drawing Picasso from 2009 will be on view at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg from 13 May until 28 August 2022.

Rineke Dijkstra has become famous for her haunting photographic portraits of young adolescents. Her images appear honest and undisguised. Dijkstra searches for glimmers of individuality by concentrating on poses, expressions and subtle gestures. With the video work Ruth Drawing Picasso, the Lehmbruck Museum presents an iconic motif of absorption and concentration in the series Sculpture 21st. Monumental and touching at the same time, the quiet scene develops a stylistic power.

Lehmbruck Museum


Rineke Dijkstra et al.

body | spaces. Photography – An Experience of Space (group show)
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
25 February – 19 June 2022

Image: Rineke Dijkstra, Marianna and Sasha, Kingisepp, Russia, November 2, 2014, 2014, © Rineke Dijkstra
Image: Rineke Dijkstra, Marianna and Sasha, Kingisepp, Russia, November 2, 2014, 2014, © Rineke Dijkstra

Work by Rineke Dijkstra will be included in the group exhibition body | spaces, which will be on view at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart from 25 February until 19 June 2022.

In this exhibition, numerous positions of international photographers show the role that the medium of photography has played over the last thirty years in the exploration of space as a body and in the creation of new spatial experiences.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart


Rineke Dijkstra et al.

Raw (group show)
Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
22 January – 22 May 2022

Image: The Rembrandt House Museum; The Salon, © KIRSTENVANSANTEN
Image: The Rembrandt House Museum; The Salon, © KIRSTENVANSANTEN

Work by Rineke Dijkstra is included in the group exhibition RAW, on view at the Museum Het Rembrandthuis until 22 May 2022. Featuring works by thirteen contemporary artists, this exhibition offers a realistic view of the human body, its natural functions and the way we present ourselves to the outside world.

Museum Het Rembrandthuis


Rineke Dijkstra

Winner of The Johannes Vermeer Award 2020

Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, NL, June 19, 2005, 2005
Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, NL, June 19, 2005, 2005

We congratulate Rineke Dijkstra for being granted the 2020 The Johannes Vermeer Award! Dijkstra was awarded for her significant contribution to photography and portraiture, promoting the international prestige of Dutch visual arts with her work. The jury declared: "This work is for eternity. Few artists have been given the talent to create these types of images."

The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in the Ridderzaal in The Hague.

Johannes Vermeer Award