FORTY YEARS OF DEVIOUS POSTER COLLECTING AT THE RIETVELD ACADEMIE BY HENK GROENENDIJK

 

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April 27 — May 13
at the Rietveld pavilion
opening: Tuesday April 26, 5pm

 

As a student at the graphic design department you already know to produce a couple of extra copies of your work for friends, your archive and Henk Groenendijk. Always staying a little bit longer after an assessment talk has finished, he already had his eye on a publication or poster of his liking that a student made, and will either buy it, ask to get it for free, or pay for an extra copy to be made if someone didn’t yet know the drill.

Henk has always been a collector. His father collected Cobra and as a kid, Henk joined him to buy artists’ books at the legendary shop Other Books and So from Ulises Carrión. Henk’s father was a dentist and artists would pay for a yearly check-up with a publication they had made, a root canal treatment might have cost them a small painting. Henk joined the Rietveld Academie when the archive room was used by a conciërge to distill his own liquor and collecting the academy’s history was one of the tasks that came along with teaching.

What Else is New? consists of posters that appeared on the walls of the school and were collected by Henk’s devious methods. The poster collection now forms a subjective reading of forty years of exhibitions and events organised by or with Rietveld students and alumni, in and outside of the academy’s premises.

In the framework of this exhibition, designer Olivier Lebrun will give a lecture on May 11 about his research on the amazing posters that the French designer Bernard Chadebec designed during his forty year long career at the Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité, translated as National Institute for Research and Security for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.

   

GIANMARIA ANDREETTA ABOUT NAÏVE GOSSIP THEORY

Tuesday September 13, 12.30am
in the library, room 007

D I S C L A I M E R
1
(Artist) You should look carefully
and critically at the way your work
is turned into gossip
Making gossip is precarious but
it is indispensable
to the artist that works today
Gossip is crucial to
the career of the artwork
Many people will come to you
by the way of gossip

2

A hot dog walks into a bar and says:
– I’d like a beer.
The bartender says:
– I’m sorry, sir, we don’t serve food here.