Arthur Kleinjan

2013

2009

2008

2007

2006

2004

2002

2001

Arthur Kleinjan studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and later also at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2001 until 2002.

He is particularly drawn to the media of photography and video. His work attempts to explore human experience in relation to the metaphysical experience of time, place and identity. Kleinjan integrates the viewer by playing with these concepts. He does this for example by transforming seemingly ordinary and simple moments into something unique. In his photo series ‘Paris Looks’ he photographs the uncomfortable poses and gestures that accompany the ‘holiday photo’. Whilst each individual tourist takes position for his or her travel companion, Kleinjan as a second photographer captures the scene from an elevated viewpoint. Despite this distanced perspective, these images have a certain intimacy and fragility, via which the viewer identifies him or herself with the piece. Kleinjan is able to register these scenes at such an exact point as to bring out the spectacle in them, as if the tourists are actors on a stage. He demonstrates how they allow themselves to be immortalised in an attempt to resist the passing of time, attempting to obtain something meaningful at a later point in the form of memory.

Video works by the artist also show his keen interest for the themes of time and place. His work ‘Traverse’ has a cinematographic, narrative nature. It is a complex story that traverses narrated childhood memories, recent experience and dream. It is not clear whether the central figure of the piece is dreaming what he had experienced or that he is experiencing that what he had dreamed. His work is located in the space where reality, memory and dream meet.

‘Moments of Considered Time’ was shown at ‘ROAM’, the first time this most recent work had been seen in the Netherlands. It interweaves images of modern Cairo with the history of film, photography and Egypt itself. This together with personal observations and memories creates a complex work of undeniable interest.

EDUCATION
2001 - 2002
Rijks Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, (NL)

1989 - 1993
Academy of Fine Arts, Rotterdam, (NL)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)

2006
Loop Video Fair, Barcelona (ES)

2005
Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, (Egypt)

2004
Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam (NL)

2003
Sammlung Essl, Wenen(AT)

2002
Western Front, Vancouver (CA)

2001
2YK Galerie, Berlin (DE)
TENT., Rotterdam, (NL)

1998
Museum Van Nagsael, Rotterdam, (NL)

1995
SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, (NL)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
21Rozendaal, Enschede, (NL)
Musée-cháteu a'Annecy, Annecy, (FR)
Iatu Cultural, Sao Paulo, (Brasil)
Parkhaus Projects, Berlin, (DE)

2010
"Video" XXI, Colecccion Lemaitre", Museo de Art de Lima, Lima, (Peru)
ARCO, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid, (ES)

2009
Moments Of Considered Time, Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
Trafo Gallery, Budapest, (Hungary)
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, (USA)
Cermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, (FR)
Signes de Nuit Festival, Paris, (FR)

2008
ARCO, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid (ES)
Collection Videos & Films Lemaître, Kunsthalle Kiel (DE)
International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)
Fotography & video, exhibition with Domitille Chaudieu en Jean-Paul Dumas-Grillet, Gallery Vieille du Temple, Paris (FR)
Hara Museum Tokyo, (Japan)
EMAF, Osnabruck, (DE)
"Video Dumbo", Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, (USA)
'Tijdelijk Museum', SMART, Amsterdam, (NL)
Courtisane, Brugge, (BE)

2007
Cine y Casi Cine, Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES)
About Time II, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg (DK)
New York Video festival, Scanners, Lincoln Filmcenter, New York (USA)
Signos de la ciudad, CAAC / Centro Anduluz de Arte Comtemporaneo, Seville (ES)
Signos de la ciudad, Center of Culture Former Instututo of Gijon, Gijon (ES)
Gala of the year, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam (NL)
 

2006
FIAC, Galerie Ron Mandos, Paris (FR)
ROAM, with Silvia B., Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
Biennale Busan, Museum of Modern Art Busan (South-Korea)
Body ad Soul, FRAC, Marseille (FR)
Optica 06, International Video Art Festival, Gijon (ES)
Architectual Quotations,Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, (NL)
Digital Art festival, Changzhou (CN)

2005
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (CA)
DIVA Artfair, New York (USA)
Crysalis, Biennal d’arte contemporanea Bari (IT)
Galerie der stadt Wels (AT)
Selectie 05, CBK, Dordrecht, (NL)
DIVA Artfair, Brussels (BE)
Kunstrai, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
Threat Zone, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio (USA)

2004
Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, (NL)
Prospecten van nooit...., TENT., Rotterdam, (NL)

2003
LAB, Kopenhagen, (DK)
Monitoring, Kulturbahnhof, Kassel (DE)

2002
Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (CN)
De Vishal, Haarlem, (NL)
Visualeyez, Edmonton (CA)
Galerie 39 / ACF, Amsterdam, (NL)

2001
Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona (ES)

2000
Mercer Union, Toronto (CA)
SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, (NL)

1999
Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL, Montréal (CA)

1998
Voorjaarscollectie1998, Duende, Rotterdam, (NL)

1997
Kunstrai/Uitgelicht 2, Amsterdam, (NL)

1996
Museum van Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, (NL)