About

Marije Gertenbach (NL, 1990) uses painting as main communicator. In her work she questions the way we cope with things surrounding us. The small stories off life are interesting for her to research. These small stories as symbols for bigger issues as ephemerality and Utopia. She is concerned with creating confusion and emphasizing the ambiguity of our ritual engagement with objects. Gertenbach believes historical artworks reflect the communal values of another time and place. She extrapolates these collective ideas into the present that is perceived as individualistic, by creating a contemporary equivalent. She focuses mostly on the space’s emotional expressivity: is yesteryear’s emotion still recognisable today? Gertenbach tells stories and evokes atmosphere, in the past mostly in figurative painting, less so nowadays. She has conducted extensive research into materials and techniques. After studying frescos in Tuscany she analysed which emotions can be conjured up using various types of paint, like mineral paint and tempera. With these findings Gertenbach transforms her work into a theatrical setting in which the visitor plays a central role. Marije is represented by galerie dudokdegroot, Amsterdam.

CV
Education
2008-2012
Bachelor Fine Arts in Education, AHK/Academie voor beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Publications
2015
RijksakademieOPEN 2015 catalogue
The sum of the body, 35 editions, in cooperation with Sanna Gertenbach
2016
Influenza, Blip blip blip, Leeds, UK. Catalogue
Rolling snowball/7 Djupivogur, Iceland. Catalogue
Koninklijke prijs voor vrije schilderkunst, Amsterdam. Catalogue
RijksakademieOPEN 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Catalogue
The body embedded, 500 editions, in cooperation with Charles Naples Lab (Jan van Eyck Academy), Ben Earl, Sanna Gertenbach and Hidde van Greuningen.
2017
Essay How to Remove a Painting from a Frame by Lynne van Rhijn with the show Stretch Release at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Rolling snowball/8, Xiamen, China. Catalogue
2018
Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Catalogue

Residencies
2015-2016
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
autumn 2017
Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania

Support
2015: Mondriaan Fonds, Praktijkverdieping
2015: Stichting Kees Verwey, fellowship
2015: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, fellowship
2016: Mondriaan Fonds, Praktijkverdieping
2016: Stichting Kees Verwey, fellowship
2017: Ministry of Culture Lituania, residency support

Collections:
Museum Voorlinden, NL
CBK Groningen, NL
Private collections

Nominations/prices:
2016 – Strabag Artaward International – nomination
2016 – Buning Brongers prijs – nomination
2016 – Koninklijke prijs voor schilderkunst – nomination
2017 – Strabag Artaward International – nomination