Rik Smits

2016

2015

2014

2013

2011

2010

Rik Smits: "My work deals with the relation between religion and capitalism, which is depicted in a scenery of architectural landscapes/cityscapes. These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city. A city which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. Its large scale buildings reminds us of the industrial utopia’s which prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity  in the real world.The most prominent facet of this city is perhaps its appearance, from which one can easily read that the main ideology of its inhabitants is Capitalism. But this ideology is beginning to manifest itself in a religious manner, and will maybe even become a religion itself.

And in a way that it will be seen as a redeemer. The city  shows the self-confidence of an utopia but also the emptiness of a deserted ruin. The over towering Art Deco skyscrapers stand proud like medieval cathedrals, their decoration reminds us of the rich symbolism of the early Christian art, with all its references to spiritual suppression  and revelation. The skyscrapers cast their shadow over desolate and damaged monuments which represent the lost moral standards and values of humanity, which have been exchanged for the never-ending spiritual search for capitalist  redemption, which provides us with the luxury and convenience of modern day life."

 

RIK SMITS (1982), The Hague

EDUCATION
2006-2010
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, NL

PRICES & NOMINATIONS
2012
Epos Press Award, Drawing Center Diepenheim, Diepenheim, NL  — Winner

2011
Lecturis Award, Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam — Nominated

2010
Young Blood Award, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam — Winner
Department Price: Fine Arts, KABK, The Hague — Nominated

2009
Competition  ‘Art in the pressroom’, Cityhall, The Hague — Winner

TUTORSHIP
2014

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK), The Hague
Teacher drawing 1 for Practicum Artium, workshops

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Underneath the sky, where we rule as lords

2013
Volta 9, Galerie Ron Mandos, Basel, CH

2012
Above the Cloud, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2011
Spiritual Capitalism, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2010
New Star(t), Galerie Helder, The Hague, NL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Kunst uit Huis: Collectie Wilploo, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
Icon(s), Maison Particuliere, Brussels, BE
De stad/urbane beelden, Kunstruimte Kuub, Utrecht, NL

2014
States of Mind, Maison Particuliere, Brussels, BE
I Am not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandse Bank (DNB), Amsterdam, NL
Elegance of Ruins (in collaboration with Demeure), Paris Fashion Week, Paris, FR
Inconstancy of Space, Mestrovic Pavilion, Zagreb, CR
Amsterdam Drawing, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Seven Years Best of Graduates by Galerie Ron Mandos, Kunstenaarsociteit de Kring, Amsterdam, NL

2013

Wonen in Utopia, LUMC, Leiden, NL
Oranje, Schlifka Molina Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Enormous Speed of Change, Call of the Mall, Utrecht, NL
Stad in Beeld, Beeld van een Stad, City Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, NL
Zoetermeer Utopia, City Museum Zoetermeer, Zoetermeer, NL
Drawing Now, Kusseneers Gallery, Paris, France
Present Presence, Jan van Eyck, Maastricht, NL
Unfair Amsterdam, Unfair, Amsterdam, NL
Prospects & Concepts, Mondriaanfonds, Rotterdam, NL

2012
Amsterdam Drawing, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Telling Stories..., Akkuh, Hengelo, NL
Kunst4Kids, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
Armory Show, Galerie Ron Mandos, New York, New York

2011
Art Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Stitchting SIGN, Groningen, NL
All About Drawing, 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedilijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
Alles, was Sie über Chemie wissen müssen, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2010
Affordable Art Fair, Westergasgasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
Best of Graduates 2010, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
New Star(t), Galerie Helder, The Hague, NL
Graduation Expo 2010, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, NL
Greenlight Exhibition, De Besturling, The Hague, NL