'World Expo 2020', Netherlands Pavilion, Dubai (UAE)


1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

At the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, designers and artists are shining the spotlight on technological innovation. Not only do they add aesthetic value through the power of their imagination; they also help promote a wider acceptance of new technology, resulting in a more beautiful and better world.

The artistic programme, which was put together by Monique Ruhe, seeks to stimulate the senses. As soon as they enter the semi-sunken pavilion, visitors are surrounded by the fragrance of Mastenbroek polder, an olfactory installation by Birthe Leemeijer. In his photographs Kadir van Lohuizen captures the effects of climate change and contemporary food production in a probing way. Joep van Lieshout’s clocks sound as if they are heralding the end of time. Or is it the dawn of a new age?

The Netherlands Pavilion will be located in the Sustainability District, sharing expertise in the area of water, energy and food – www.dutchdubai.com




Current exhibition(s):

Hagioscoop, MDD Museum, Deinze (BE)
26 July 2020 – May 2021
Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021
De Afbreekeconomie, Boijmans in the City – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
Spring 2021


Upcoming exhibition(s):
RAUM der Lusten, RAUM, Utrecht (NL)
30 April 2021 – 29 August 2021
50th edition
IFFR, Rotterdam (NL)
June 2021
Tij, Tijd, Tijdelijkheid, IJsselbiënnale, (NL)
18 June 2021 – 18 September 2021
World Expo 2020, The Netherlands Pavilion, Dubai (UAE)
1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

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'De Afbreekeconomie', Boijmans van Beuningen, Online


‘The Breakdown Economy’ is an online exhibition about making and destroying things. It’s not about economic growth and efficient production, but about the limitations of this model. How do we destroy everything that we, as humans, have made? In this discussion you can assume a radical position and lump everything together or adopt a more pragmatic attitude whereby a ‘breakdown economy’ is in balance with nature. What connects all these ideas is not just that things can be done differently, but that they must be done differently.

The research by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros into a world without plastic is placed centrally in this exhibition. They have developed a material called ‘weed-ware’ which is a natural degradable alternative to plastic. Atelier Van Lieshout shows a recent version of ‘Disco Inferno – Happy End of Everything’ (2020) which is an ultimate recycle installation that transforms all the waste we collectively produce into crude oil. Koehorst in ’t Veld presents a graphic representation that shows how the bio-based and the fossil economy have, over time, related to each other.

More information about the project via the Boijmans van Beuningen website.

Announcement – BRUTUS

‘Welkom in Leiden?!’, Singelpark Leiden (NL)

‘KUNST KERSTSTAL’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Let’s Get Physical’, Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Hagioscoop’, MDD Museum, Deinze (BE)

‘The Clock Which Will Solve Every Problem in the World’, Kunstraum Dornbirn (AT)

‘What is Our Home?’, IVAM, Valencia (ES)

‘Boijmans Drive-Thru Museum’, Ahoy, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Life During Wartime’, USF Art Museum, Online

‘Two Years’ Vacation, FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)

‘(UN)REAL’, Science Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Online Viewing Room’, Art Basel 2020

‘Uomo Analyticus’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Reality is Not What it Seems’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)

‘State of Extremes’, Design Museum, Holon (IL)

‘The Time is Now’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Online exhibition

‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, CWG, New York (USA)

‘Falckenberg Collection’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE)

‘Recover/Uncover’, Masa Galeria, Mexico City (MX)

A Confrontation of Ideals’, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)

‘Atelier Van Lieshout’, AVL Mundo, Art Rotterdam (NL)

‘Home is a home is a home is a home’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)

‘A Decade of Wearable Art’, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)

‘Love in a Mist’, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge (USA)