Galleri Riis

Marijke van Warmerdam

Marijke van Warmerdam (1959, The Netherlands) first garnered international attention at the Venice Biennial in 1995 with her short film loops portraying the beauty in simple movements and everyday actions. Although she utilizes a variety of media including photography, sculpture, and sound installations, she is best known for her short, looped films; 'I especially like art when it's mixed with life. Art can give life a twist, and the other way around', she observes. Marijke van Warmerdam does not tell stories in her works, but relies on the visual power of the motif: a hat dancing in the wind, a drop of milk slowly dissolving in a glass of water, a girl doing a handstand or a red suitcase sliding down a snowy mountain. She makes use of image constructions – such as dramatic shifts of scale, doubling, reflection, rhythmic repetition, or surprising juxtapositions – which provide an open and unexpected perspective. In doing so, she draws attention to the beauty of trivialities; the fleeting moments gone in the blink of an eye. In her exhibitions the films are often shown on hanging screens which enables the spectator to experience several works simultaneously. Marijke van Warmerdam has participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as the Sydney, Berlin, Gwangju, and Venice Biennials, and Documenta X. She has had major solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the ICA in Boston, MAC in Marseille and The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. A retrospective of her work has been shown at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
Her work is represented in prominent collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Marijke van Warmerdam is a regular advisor at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and Professor of Art at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe.

Born in 1959 in Nieuwer Amstel, Netherlands

Lives and works Amsterdam and Kalsruhe

Artist's homepage


  1. 2017Overlap, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  2. 2014Na­heb­ei in der Fer­ne, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  3. 2014Time is Ticking, Transformer Hall, General Staff Building, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  4. 2013Outside, Galleria Estrany-De la Mota, Barcelona, Spain
  5. 2013Open, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
  6. 2012Haru, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  7. 2011Close by in the distance, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  8. 2011Another Day. Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
  9. 2011Marijke van Warmerdam, Magasin 3, Stockholm
  10. 2011Another day, La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain
  11. 2009The Flower Show, Georg Kargl Box, Vienna
  12. 2006First drop, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, England
  13. 2006Ici et d'ici peu, MAC, Marseille, France
  14. 2005The stick, the splash and the light, CCA, Kytakyushu, Japan
  15. 2005Wonder boven wonder, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
  16. 2005Sikt, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  17. 2004Prospect, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
  18. 2002Ça change, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
  19. 2000It crossed my mind, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany
  20. 2000Echo, echo, Lisson Gallery, London, England
  21. 20007 thoughts, ICA, Boston, USA
  22. 1999à vent, Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France
  23. 1998Lila la la, Daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany
  24. 1998Og, og, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  25. 1998Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
  26. 1997Bonjour, bon echo, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland
  27. 1997Enkel, dubbel, dwars, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  28. 1996Marijke van Warmerdam, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
  29. 1996Jack Tilton Gallery, Project Room, New York, USA
  30. 1995Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, with Marlene Dumas and Maria Roosen
  31. 1995La fille aux crêpes, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


  1. 2018Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2016Say it with flowers! - Flowers and artificial nature since 1960, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
  3. 2016Excitement - exhibition by Rudi Fuchs, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. 2016The Power of the Avant-Garde - Now and Then, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  5. 201614-18. Rupture or Continuity? at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
  6. 2015Silence out loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, Netherlands
  7. 2014cycle Des histoires sans fin, séquence printemps 2014, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland
  8. 2013Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  9. 2013Back and forth, South London Gallery, London, UK
  10. 2012La la la human steps, Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  11. 2012Tappeti volanti, Accademia di Francia a Roma Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
  12. 2012Think of this as a window, Museo d'Arte Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
  13. 2011I promise to love you, Kunsthal, Rotterdam
  14. 2008Dauerausstellung neu geordnet, Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
  15. 2008Moments in Time, De Witte Zaal, Gent, Belgium
  16. 2008Sonsbeek '08 - Grandeur, International Sculpture Exhibition, Park Sonsbeek, Arnhem, Netherlands
  17. 2005Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  18. 2004150 Jahren, Jubiläumausstellung, Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany
  19. 2002Life in a Glass House, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  20. 2000Quotidiana, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
  21. 1998Berlin/Berlin, Berlin Biennale, Berlin
  22. 1998Every day, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
  23. 1997Documenta X, Kassel
  24. 1996Sublieme vormen met zicht vanaf 5m, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  25. 1995Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea


  • Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
  • Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin, Germany
  • MAC, Marseille, France
  • MUDAM / Museé d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
  • Musée Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • The National Museum of Art, Architecure and Design, Oslo, Norway
  • Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm
  • FRAC-Bretagne, Châteaugiron, France
  • 21st Century Museum of Modern Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, Belgium
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
  • Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
  • MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Stedelijk Vanabbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands