• 2018-05-26T00:00:00+02:00
  • 2018-08-19T23:59:59+02:00
  • The focus of this group exhibition is the drawing material CHALK. Artists have been asked to produce new work with blackboard chalk and there are (inter)national loans of Joseph Beuys, Rudolf Steiner, Juan Muñoz and Nemanja Nikolić.
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Curated by Kunsthal KAdE with advice from Arno Kramer

The nostalgia evoked by the act of writing and drawing on a chalkboard is the central focus of a group exhibition showcasing the new work of seventeen Dutch artists. There are also several pieces by artists such as Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner on loan from international collections. The upper gallery will be hosting a guest exhibition of works by local artists exploring the theme of chalk presented by Blauwdruk 033.


Marjolijn de Wit, To What Remains, 2018. Photo: Mike Bink

Chalk evokes memories and feelings of nostalgia in people of all ages. With the invention of black and green chalkboards in the 18th century, whole generations grew up watching letters, figures, sentences, diagrams and formulas being written and drawn on the panels of the board – and then wiped off again. Teachers used white or coloured chalk, and sometimes large rulers, compasses and set squares. These materials and the act of writing on a blackboard are now almost history, having been replaced in schools by whiteboard markers and computers. 

Kunsthal KAdE invited Dutch artists to work in chalk on a blackboard background. The exhibition includes works by figurative and abstract artists and features a wide range of styles and forms. There is a large mural by Arno Kramer, a study of the green triptych as an altarpiece by Roland Sohier and a pavement chalk drawing on a set of paving slabs by Lenneke van der Goot, which will take viewers back to the school playground. KAdE is also showing several works by Joseph Beuys, Rudolf Steiner and Juan Muñoz on loan from international collections and an animation created entirely in chalk by Serbian artist Nemanja Nikolić in 2016.

Participating artists:
Marijn Akkermans (NL, 1975) | Jitske Bakker (NL, 1982) | Joseph Beuys (DE, 1921 - 1986) | Nik Christensen (GB, 1973) | Marcel van Eeden (NL, 1965) | Hanneke Francken (NL, 1976) | Lenneke van der Goot (NL, 1979) | Susanna Inglada (ES, 1983) | Arno Kramer (NL, 1945) | Bart Lodewijks (NL, 1972) | Romy Muijrers (NL, 1990) | Juan Muñoz (ES, 1953 – 2001) | Marc Nagtzaam (NL, 1968) | Mayke Nas (NL, 1972) | Nemanja Nikolić (RS, 1987) | Thomas Raat (NL, 1979) | Hans Schuttenbeld (NL, 1991) & Jilles de Man (NL, 1990) | Roland Sohier (NL, 1950) | Rudolf Steiner (HR, 1861-1925) | Guy Vording (NL, 1985) | Witte Wartena (NL, 1976) | Marjolijn de Wit (NL, 1979) | Marthe Zink (NL, 1990) | Students HKU

CHALKroom. Photo: Mike Bink

Special guest: Blauwdruk 033
Kunsthal KAdE invited Blauwdruk 033 to curate guest exhibition at CHALK. The first ‘Blueprint/Blauwdruk’ exhibition opened on 16 February 2014. It was the last exhibition hosted by kunsthal KAdE at the Smallepad building and the first joint art event presented at kunsthal KAdE by StadsGalerij, Haren Majesteit, BV De Gasten en De Observant as guest curators. The organisers Ron Jagers, Martin Honings and Adinda van Wely feel it is important to maintain ties with artists from Amersfoort as their careers unfold. In summer 2018 Blauwdruk 033 will be presenting works by some of the artists featured in previous Blauwdruk exhibitions in the upper gallery at kunsthal KAdE. These Blauwdruk artists also explore the theme of chalk. Participants: Elsemarijn Bruys (NL, 1989) | Eva Hoogenberg (NL, 1999) | Marije Koelewijn (NL, 1991) | Jippiet (NL, 1988) | Inge Vaandering (NL, 1993) | Corine Zomer (NL, 1983).

This exhibition is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, K.F. Hein Fonds, StadsGalerij and the municipality of Amersfoort.