BIOGRAPHY

EXPLORING WANDERER

Adriaan Rees (1957, Amsterdam) lives and works in China and Amsterdam. Rees is famous for his large-scale projects and assignments for public space. He makes sculptures and installations in many materials such as ceramics, bronze, glass, textiles, plaster and stone. He also works with photography and video.

 

When he works with clay, traces of his hands and the use of extreme power can easily be seen at the surface. He is approaching his sculptures almost as a landscape or a human body, sometimes in a sensual, sometimes in a brutal way. He is an artist who is not predictable, someone who always surprises with new ideas and approaches, a cosmopolitan artist.

Exploring wanderer, 2015

From 2000 Rees increasingly travelled to Asia, specifically to Japan, Korea and China. He is intensely affected by these cultures and settled in Jingdezhen, China where he works in his own studio among the thousands of craftsmen locally.

Tradition and innovation, humor and seriousness, monumentality and intimacy, vulnerable and tough, traditional and contemporary, religion and war, fantasy and reality. All this you can find in his sculptures: it is a dialogue between cultural traditions like Europe and Asia.

 

His work can be found in collections around the world, in museums, private collections and in public space. Rees teaches in The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, USA, Japan and China and frequently gives lectures about his own work, art and art in public space.

 

He also works as an art advisor and curator. Since 2008 he is the initiator and project leader for the Exchange project 400 years Delft – Jingdezhen. This project brings artists, designers, archaeologists and museums from both cities together. Famous are the Blue Revolution shows in museums in Delft (NL) and Jingdezhen and Donguan (CHN). The shows attracted more than 40.000 visitors in Delft, more than 80.000 in Jingdezhen and more than 200.000 in Donguan.

Rees was the curator of these shows.

1986-1991

 

 

2004

 

 

2009

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, sculpture department

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Tokenomori, Institute for Ceramic Studies

Shigaraki, Japan

 

Inax Laboratory

Tokoname, Japan

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

Museums

2019

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

- Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, NL

- Stedelijk Museum Kampen, Kampen, NL

- Total Museum, Seoul, Korea

- Inax Life Museums, Tokoname, Japan

2005

 

 

1999

 

1993

- Princessehof Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

- Inax Museum, Tokoname, Japan

 

- Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, NL

 

- Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL

Galleries

2019

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

2011

 

 

 

2010

 

2009

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

- Gu Li Art Space, Nanjing, China

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

- Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

 

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- C&H Art Space, Amsterdam, NL

- Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, NL

- 38CC Art Lab, Delft, NL

- Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, NL

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

- C-Space Beijing, Beijing, China

2008

 

2007

 

 

2006

 

2005

 

 

2003

 

2002

 

2000

 

 

1998

 

1994

 

1992

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, NL

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

 

- Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, NL

 

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

- RAM Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

 

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Embassy of the Netherlands, Tokyo, Japan

 

- Nederlandse Gasunie, Groningen, NL

 

- Casco, Utrecht, NL

 

- Van Kranendonk Gallery, The Hague, NL

Duo Exhibitions (selection)

2019

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

2015

 

2012

 

2010

 

2008

 

 

2007

- Adriaan Rees and Gijs Frieling, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, NL

- Adriaan Rees and Gijs Frieling, Cultural Capital of Europe Leeuwarden, NL

- Adriaan Rees and Herman Makkink, SBK Gallery North, Amsterdam, NL

- Adriaan Rees and Sam Rees, SBK Gallery South, Amsterdam, NL

- Adriaan Rees and Alexander Ginter, Gallery M, Landau, Germany

 

- Adriaan Rees and Alexander Ginter, P13 Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

 

- Adriaan Rees and Gijs Frieling, Art Amsterdam, Maria Chailloux Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

- Adriaan Rees and Theo Kemp, Achter de Weg Gallery, Dordrecht, NL

- Adriaan Rees and Alexander Ginter, P13 Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

 

- Adriaan Rees and Alexander Ginter, P13 Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

Group Exhibitions (selection)

Museums

2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

2013

- Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL

 

- Museum of Porcelain, Jingdezhen, China

 

- Princessehof Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

 

- Princessehof Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

- Museum Tiendschuur, Tegelen, NL

 

- Yuan Chonghuan Museum, Dongguan, China

 

- Prinsenhof Museum, Delft, NL

- Imperial Porcelain Museum, Jingdezhen, China

2009

 

2008

 

2005

 

2001

 

1997

- Stedelijk Museum Kampen, Kampen, NL

 

- Netherlands Ceramic Museum, Fu Ping, China

 

- Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch, NL

 

- Princessehof Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

 

- Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, NL

Galleries

2018

 

 

 

2017

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

 

2013

 

 

2012

 

 

 

- Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Anniversary Show), Amsterdam

- ArtCN Gallery, Shanghai, China

- Anningahof Sculpture Park, Zwolle, NL

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

 

- ArtCN Gallery, Shanghai, China

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Anningahof Sculpture Park, Zwolle, NL

 

- Royal Palace Soestdijk, Soestdijk, NL

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

- Livingstone Gallery, Berlin, Germany

- De Vis Gallery, Harlingen, NL

- Posthuys Gallery, Texel, NL

 

- Anningahof Sculpture Park, Zwolle, NL

- RAM Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

 

- Anningahof Sculpture Park, Zwolle, NL

- De Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam, NL

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

 

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

- Livingstone Gallery, The Hague, NL

 

- Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Anningahof Sculpture Park, Zwolle, NL

- Schoots+Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

- C&H Art Space, Amsterdam, NL

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

2009

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2003

 

 

 

2000

 

1998

 

1995

 

 

1993

- Pulchri, Den Haag, NL

- Maria Chailloux Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

- Van Duyse Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

- Maria Chailloux Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

- Maria Chailloux Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

- A.A.C.A. Synergy, Inax Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

 

- 2 Cities Gallery, Shanghai, China

- W139 Art Space, Amsterdam, NL

- CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China

 

- Garth Clark Gallery, New York City, USA

- Ceramic World Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic  Centre, Korea

 

- China Ceramic Council, Foshan, China

 

- Moscow Forum of Art, Moscow, Russia

 

- RED Centre, Dordrecht, NL

- Sculpture in the Little Forest, Ranaana, Israel

 

- Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow, Russia

- Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL

Art fair

2016

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

2013

- KunstRAI Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, NL

 

- Dutch Design Week, Shanghai, China

- PAN Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

- PAN Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

- PAN Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2011

 

 

2008

 

2007

- Art Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

- PAN Amsterdam, Willy Schoots Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

- Art Cologne, Willy Schoots Gallery, Koln, Germany

 

- MIArt, Piercarlo Borgogno Gallery, Milano, Italy

2014

 

2010

 

2009

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

 

2003

- Circus Svea, sculptures, Schiedam, NL

 

- Street lamps, Delft, NL

 

- The Monkey / Het Heerlijk Recht, sculpture and wall, Leiderdorp, NL

 

- Schoolproject, sculptures, Enkhuizen, NL

 

- Roundabout, roundabout sculptures, Amsterdam, NL

 

- Sculpture for Hoogersmilde, NL

- Hanging glass- and ceramic sculpture, Maassluis, NL

- Boom van Hippocrates, sculpture and terrazzo Bench, Amsterdam, NL

- Schoolproject, sculptures, Amsterdam, NL

 

- Neptunis, sculpture and landscaping, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, NL

- Carillons with bronze sculptures, Heerhugowaard, NL

 

- Ceramic Sculptures for Fredonia, State University of New York, USA

2002

 

 

2001

 

2000

 

1998

 

 

1995

 

 

1994

 

1993

 

1992

- Apenluiders, fountain sculpture, IJsselstein, NL

- Boog, sculpture, Aa and Hunze, NL

 

- Embassy of the Netherlands, sculpture, Tokyo, Japan

 

- Town Square, design and development, Nieuwkoop, NL

 

- Sculpture forest, design and development, Ursula Foundation, Nieuwkoop, NL

 

- Big Ear, sculpture, Raänana, Israël

- Signum Omnicalus, sculpture, Almere, NL

 

- De Steenhouwer, sculpture, Gouda, NL

 

- University of Amsterdam, sculpture and furniture, NL

 

- Windmill, sculpture and breadproject, Zoetermeer, NL

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