The Great Question of Art

Art for Art’s sake 

Art as an act that manifest being which brings world into being. Contemporary art could be defined as the opening of a form that is above all a question, the form of a question

Contemporary art, therefore, begins from “this shapeless state of self.”  It is on this shaky ground that it asks the question “What is art?” necessarily in a new way, one that Duchamp prefigures— perhaps as a lone but increasingly influential precursor, his influence increasing with the accelerating evaporation of the master narratives.

Perhaps a question does not entirely make a world or a world in which the circulation of meaning is solely an interrogative and anxious circulation, sometimes anguished:

it’s a difficult world, a fragile world an unsettling world.

To describe Contemporary Art we can use the French term: ‘Mondialisation’ — the worldwide creation and circulation of sense by all concerned— over the EuroAmerica-centric economic and geopolitical schematism underlying the term ‘globalization’.

de-outsider-kunst graduation-show-2013 Beyond Babylon

Beyond Babylon

Project Info

BEYOND BABYLON 01-17.02.2013

RIETVELD ACADEMIE AND OUDE KERK presents 53 students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie will show their work in the Oude Kerk. On February 1 2013 17.00-20.00 the exhibition will be opened with a speech by Jacqueline Grandjean, Director of the Foundation of the Oude Kerk. During the opening a performance program will take place.


Monday-Saturday 11.00-17.30
Sunday 13.00-17.00


  • Sif Ankergard
  • Christine Bax
  • Esther Brakenhoff
  • Ruben Cabenda
  • Giulia Crispiani
  • Sarah Demoen
  • Kim Dijkstra
  • Jessica Dill
  • Rick van de Dood
  • Rosa Doornebal
  • Anna Drupka
  • Susan Edam
  • Carina Erdmann
  • Lieselotte Fontrodona
  • Kim Forni
  • Bastien Gachet
  • Silvia Gasperat
  • Nadine Hacker
  • Marnix Hersbach
  • Zoë van Horen
  • Kaya Ikaros Psarras
  • Johanna Illerhag
  • Martha Jager
  • Alexandra Karpilovska
  • Sunghun Kim
  • Cholena de Koningh
  • Stella de Kort
  • Casper Koster
  • Lily Lanfermeijer
  • Roos van Leeuwen
  • Pedro Miguel Matias
  • Ganesh Nepal
  • Nikki Oosterveen
  • Karina Pálosi
  • Yookyung Park
  • Carlos van der Putten
  • Anouk van Reijen
  • Belit Ság
  • Carl Schröder
  • Kevin Schuit
  • Vincka Struben
  • Melissa Tun Tun
  • Ellen Vaartun
  • Marc van Dijk
  • Maroesjka Verhagen
  • Lieselot Versteeg
  • Lisa Vlamings
  • Danielle de Vos
  • David Wasch
  • Kim Wawer
  • Lisette Wissink
  • Lukas Wolzak
  • Andy Woortman


André Klein
Paul van den Berg
Juul van den Heuvel
Margriet Kruyver
Mariken Overdijk


Kristinn Gudmundsson
Peter Sattler


The board and staff of the Foundation of the Old Church
Teachers, students, board and staff of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie


  • Fine Arts
  • VAV
  • Dogtime
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • TXT
  • Beeld en Taal
  • DesignLab
  • Graphic Design

Oude Kerk
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
020 625 8284

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Exhibition China

Focus – An Art Project (China)

Project Info

Small things can be sensed or explained differently when they are big or when they are really small. Reality is most of the time only understood by doing. Then still why there is misunderstanding? What is creating the trouble? Where do you see a mistake? Sometimes there is or are no reasons. Rules are there but they are there to be broken. So the new rules can be written. Thoughts are mainly influenced by our own emotions. Emotions are changing continuously, so do our thoughts. It isn’t necessary to blindly follow yourself or others.
A question to me, myself and to every other individual, are we seeing the same thing, does it makes any sense? There is no right or wrong. There is only this moment, a small story of a very long life. So why to try to understand? Why not creating our own stories?

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A Confrontation