Some recent solo exhibitions
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2009, 'Ten to One'
Ceac Artcentre, Xiamen 2008, 'Fulltime economics'
Galerie der Stadt Backnang 2008
Kunsthaus Essen 2007
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2006, 'The Uninvited'
Some recent group exhibitions
Triënnale Hasselt 2009
Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch 2009
Victoria Miro Gallery, London 2003
Sylvie Zijlmans, Hewald Jongenelis, Ten to One, Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 2009
PRESENT. Kunst bij Rijksgebouwen 2004-2006, Rotterdam: Episode publishers 2007
The Uninvited, Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 2006
Selected public and corporate collections
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NL • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL • Centraal Museum, NL • Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL • Noordbrabants Museum, NL • Galerie der Stadt Backnang, DE • Teylersmuseum, NL • Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, NL • Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, NL • Arcadis Kunstcollectie, NL • AMC Kunstcollectie, NL • Abn Amro, NL • Fortis, NL
Artist duo Sylvie Zijlmans and Hewald Jongenelis spent ten consecutive days in a windy meadow in Broek in Waterland with ten tables, a mobile toilet, three conifers and ten friends – five men and five women. Over the course of ten afternoons, they took a photo of a different section of a larger image. They then made a huge composite photograph, editing these ten photos into a single image of the feast. Each of their friends appears ten times in the photograph, each time in a different outfit. The costume changes required hundreds of different jacket and skirt combinations, dresses, suits and so on. The artists chose to have the outfits created by a hundred different tailors in Beijing: they gave the tailors an identity, a face behind the label 'made in China'. It is an art party. Not simply in the sense that it is an artificial image of a party, but the feast itself was a celebration. Every aspect of the image received equal attention and the final result is a work full of detail and visual complexity. A relaxed composition with no starring or supporting roles. The positioning and choice of colour and the organisation of the space define the viewer's experience of the ultimate image.
Sylvie Zijlmans was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1987-1989.
Hewald Jongenelis won the first prize of the 1993 Prix de Rome (NL).
Since 1993 they frequently work as an artist duo.
www.sylviezijlmans.nl • www.tentoone.nl
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