Anne Wenzel

Anne Wenzel (1972)

Lives in Rotterdam (NL). Works in Rotterdam (NL).

Since 2000, Anne Wenzel has been building an oeuvre of ceramics, fearlessly diverting its tradition into remarkable sculptures with a brutal sense of decay. Drawing her inspiration from art-history, Wenzel is intrigued by the symbolic language behind heroism and violence, and the extravagant spectacle that tends to accompany these subjects. Her sculptures are often described as modern-day Vanitas, subsequently undermining their own heroic aura. When looking at Wenzel’s sculptures of people and animals, is it as if witnessing some horrific event taking place. In contrast, her apocalyptic landscapes show the dreadfully calm remains of an action, rather than the action itself.

Dutch Masters in the 21st Century
About the Anne Wenzel show in TENT, Rotterdam: The Opaque Palace.
Documentary about the making of the ceramic statue by Anne Wenzel, an eight-meter fountain in front of the new Zwolle courthouse. Commissioned by the Central Government Real Estate Agency.
Dutch Masters in the 21st Century

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Anne Wenzel (1972, Schüttorf, Germany) lives and works in Rotterdam. Wenzel has mastered the medium of ceramics - using this medium as a sculptor and not as a ceramist. Her sculptures of human figures, birds, monuments and flowers express transience, emotions of violence, impotence and power. The modeling of clay is the most suitable material for Wenzel to be able to visualize these properties, which are based on change and movement. Anne Wenzel is a pioneer in this atypical way of dealing with the medium, which has given her work great prestige in the Netherlands and internationally. Her work is shown in museums in the Netherlands and beyond, such as in Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark (2018), Rijksmuseum Twenthe (2018/2015), 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea (2017); TENT Rotterdam (curator Daria des Beauvais, 2014), Villa Roth Germany (2010), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam (2010), Park de Oude Warande, Tilburg (2016); Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (2015); Hetjens Museum Düsseldorf (2015); ); Carré St-Anne, Montpellier (curator Richard Leydier, 2013), Fondation Ricard, Paris (2011), S.M.A.K. Ghent (2008) etc. Anne Wenzel has won several prestigious international prizes: 60th Faenza prize, Faenza, Italy (2018) and Shepparton Art Gallery award, Australia (2010). Her work is international in private and public collections, such as Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, De Nederlandse Bank, Museum Twenthe, Princessehof Leeuwarden, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, S.M.A.K Ghent and Frac Auvergne.

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Born 1972, Schlüttorf, Germany Education 1992-1997 AKI, Academy for visual art, Enschede (NL) 1995-1996 Escola Massana, Barcelona (ES) 2014 Winner European Ceramic Context 2014 Bornholm 2010 Winner Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Category International Artist 2009 Artist in residence European Ceramic Workcentre , ’s Hertogenbosch (NL) 2009 Nomination Dolf Henkes Award 2007 Nomination Prix de Rome 2007 Artist in residence FLACC, Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk (BE) 2003 Artist in residence Eurpean Ceramic Workcentre , ’s Hertogenbosch (NL) Solo exhibitions (selection) 2018 I can't believe I still have to protest this shit, solo exhibition AKINCI Amsterdam (NL) History Repeating, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (FR) 2017 Chasing Silence, Princessehof, Leeuwarden (NL) 2016 Beyond context (with Charlotte Schleiffert), AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL) Night Falls, Days Breaks, Void Contemporary Art Gallery, Derry (NI) 2014 Aesthetic Revolt, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Aesthetic Revolt (NL) The Opaque Palace, curator Daria de Beauvais, TENT Rotterdam (NL) Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Gent (BE) Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Parijs (FR) 2013 Damaged Goods, AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL) 2012 Resist, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Gent (BE) 2011 Requiem of Heroism, AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL) Bright solitude, Galerie Baer, Dresden (DE) White Black Gold, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (duo with Frederik van Simaey) (NL) 2010 Sydney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award, Shepperton Art Gallery, Australia (AUS) Requiem of Heroism, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Protokoll; einer Ausstellung, Art Brussels with Tatjana Pieters Gallery (BE) 2009 Bright Solitude, AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL) Nocturne, double-bill with Maarten Janssen, Tatjana Pieters/Onetwenty Gallery, Gent (BE) 2008 This is what you want – this is what you get, Municipal Museum SM’s ’s Hertogenbosch (NL) Invalid Icon, Display NP3, Groningen (NL) Poetry of Destruction, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery Gent (BE) 2007 This is not a love song, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (NL) Unheimlich Bürgerlich, Goethe-Institut Rotterdam (duo with Dieter Mammel) (NL) 2006 Silent landscape; Buro Leeuwarden (NL) Resort, Onetwenty Gallery, Gent (BE) The Agency, London (UK) 2005 Sweet Life, TENT, Rotterdam (NL) 2004 Bochumer Kulturrat, Bochum (D) 2002 Woonconstellatie, Gil & Moti Homegallery, Rotterdam (NL) Group exhibitions (selection) 2018 Vers de nouvelles aventures ! , Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, FR Beelden, 2018 - Landgoed Anningahof, Zwolle (NL) Clay! Museum Jorn, Silkeborg (DK) Glorious (?) Failure, Triennale voor Hedendaagse Kunst, PZ Duffel (BE) 2017 Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (NL) Chambres d’Amour, Biennale d’art contemporain d’Anglet (FR) 60th Faenza prize, MIC, Faenza (IT) Clay Matters, PXL MAD, Hasselt (BE) C’est le bouquet, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges (FR) Oog in Oog - Topstukken, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, (NL) Cities of Glass, Ford Asperen, Acquoy (NL) 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Korea (KR) 2016 Luster—Clay in sculpture today, Park de Oude Warande Tilburg (NL) Not All That Falls Has Wings, curated by Selen Ansen, ARTER, Istanbul (TR) The ABC of the Collection, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (NL) CERAMIX, Maison Rouge, Parijs (FR) 2015 ‘Gevaar en Schoonheid—William Turner en de traditie van het sublieme,’ Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (NL) CERAMIX, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht (NL) ‘Paradijs,’ Museum Beeckestijn, Velsen-Zuid (NL) De Burgemeester van Veurne, curators: Anne-Françoise Lesuisse & Nina Folkersma, Emergent, Veurne (NL) Sevres Outdoor 2015, Cité de la ceramique, Sevres (FR) 2014 Realms of Memory, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (NL) European Ceramic Context 2014, Bornholm Art Museum (DK) Capita Selecta, Broelmuseum Kortrijk (BE) Faceless. Mediamatic, Amsterdam (NL) Art Brussels, met Gallerie Tatjana Pieters (BE) Art Cologne, met AKINCI en Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve (DE) 2013 ‘25 Jaar Stadscollectie – De stad, de kunstenaars en het museum,’ Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Collection presentation, Stedelijk Museum ’s Hertogenbosch (NL) ‘Ik hou van Holland, Nederlandse kunst na 1945,’ Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (NL) ARCO Madrid, Solo Objects, met Galerie Tatjana Pieters (ES) Art Brussels, met Galerie Tatjana Pieters (BE) Glorious Rise and Fall, curator: Marjan Teeuwen, Kw14, ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL) La joie de se perdre, curator: Els Wuyts, Villa de Olmen, Wieze (BE) Sign of the times, curator: Richard Leydier, Montpellier (FR) 2012 Het Gebouw, Museum Oud Amelisweerd MOA, Utrecht (NL) Summer Show, AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL) Volta Basel, met Galerie Baer, Dresden Figuurlijk, Museum Hilversum (NL) Sint Jan, Curatoren: Jan Hoet & Hans Martens, Sint-Baafkathedraal, Gent (BE) Into The Woods, Galerie des Galeries Lafayettte (FR) Der Reiz des Bösen, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag (NL) 2011 Pearls of the North, Paris (FR) WANI—Works of Art (that are) Not Identifeid, Fondation Ridcard, Paris (FR) Art Rotterdam (double bill with Esther Thielemans) with AKINCI Apocalypse Now, Work from the Collection of Hugo & Carla Brown, curator Ken Pratt, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL) Presentation of Collection, Municipal Museum of Modern Art Schiedam (NL) Bedenk dat ge op onbekend terrein zijt, Ciap, Hasselt (BE) Buiten, Het nieuwe silent landscape en de opleving van de noordelijk romantische traditie, Bkkc, Tilburg (NL) Collector’s Items No.2: ‘High Drama: Work from the Collection of Hugo & Carla brown’, The Dutch Cultural Pop-Up Space, London (UK) Beeld Hal Werk, about the position of Sculpture in The Netherlands Amsterdam (NL) Art Amsterdam, with AKINCI Volta Show, with AKINCI Shepparton Art Gallery (AUS) Liefde in de kunst, Museum Le Secet (travelling exhibition) Moment of silence, Museum Le Secet (travelling exhibition) 2009 Ophelia, Sehnsucht, melancholie en doodsverlangen, Museum of Modern Art MMKA, Arnhem (NL) Virtuoze zinsbegoochelingen, Municipal Museum Schiedam (NL) The Cassini Cruise, Appr., Maastricht (NL) The Last Session, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) No Comment, Galerie Jacques Cerami, Couillet (BE) Nieuwe Liefdes, collectiepresentatie Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden (NL) monologue intérieur, Travelling Exhibition #14, Rotterdam (NL) ARCO Madrid met AKINCI Art Rotterdam with Tatjana Pieters Gallery 2008 Poeziezomer Watou (BE) Presentation Collection, S.M.A.K., Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art - Ghent (BE) Open House, FLACC, Genk (BE) Apocalyptic landscapes, Upstream gallery Amsterdam (NL) ArtForum Berlin with Galerie Akinci and Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery Villa Zebra, Rotterdam (NL) 3 x 3, Artrepco Gallery, Zürich (CH) 3 x 3, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery, Ghent (BE) Art Rotterdam, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty 2007 The Subjective Object; Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, D - ARCO Madrid, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf (D) Soakers, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Art Rotterdam, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery Pretty Dutch, Princessehof Leeuwarden (NL) Prix de Rome, Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL) Art Brussels, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery Unheimlich Bürgerlich (double bill), Goethe-Instituut Rotterdam (NL) Spring-bal-se-mien, Pictura, Dordrecht (NL) Op zoek naar het Sublieme, P/////AKT, Amsterdam (NL) Art Amsterdam, Galerie Conrads Breekbare Idëen, Centre Céramique, Maastricht (NL) Salon #9, Loods 6, Amsterdam (NL) 2006 toekenning 031, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (NL) Scary Tales, Filiale, Berlin (DE) Art Brussels, with Onetwenty Gallery, Gent and The Agency, London (UK) Different Shades of Grey, with Dieuwke Spaans en Judit Kurtag, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (NL) de Salon, MVDRV architects, Rotterdam (NL) 2005 Munch revisited – Edvard Munch und die heutige Kunst, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (D) Emerging artists: Hot Spots, Sammlung Essl, Wien, (AT) Business as Usual, Rotterdam (NL) 2000zoveel, CBK Nijmegen (NL) 2004 Happy Go Lucky, Stg. V/H de Gemeente, Leeuwaarden (NL) HighSpot, Gil & Moti homegallery, Rotterdam (NL) Oranje, Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf (DE) ...prospecten van nooit vermoed schoon, TENT Rotterdam (NL) Goethe-Instituut, Rotterdam (NL) 2003 My home is my castle, Kunstpaviloen, Nieuw – Roden (NL) Waterlife, Quarantaine eiland, Rotterdam (NL) Boulevard d’Unica, Utrecht (NL) Openbaar Document, Vlaardingen, (NL) Commissions 2017 Monument for d'Artagnan, commissioned by the municipal of Maastricht, accomplished 2018 Draft for monument for Willem van Oranje, Dordrecht Public sculpture for the A-kwartier Groningen, commissioned by the municipal of Groningen, expected to be finished in 2018 2016 Re-defining Balance (as a matter of fact), commissioned by Rijksvastgoed for the courthouse of Zwolle (NL) 2014 Sculpture for Anne Frank square, commissioned by the municipal of ‘s Hertogenbosch 2012 Draft for Park Vroonhoven, commissioned by the municipal of Son en Breugel 2010 Draft for Sculpture for the reconstructed Castel Yard Assumburg, Heemskerk, commissioned by the municipal of Heemskerk 2008 Public sculpture for Court, Zwolle commissioned by Rijksgebouwendienst, implementation 2015 Public sculpture for Herten, Herte, Roermond, commissioned by SKOR, Foundation Art and Public Space 2006 Draft for sculpture in public space, Vreewijk, Rotterdam 2005 Draft for sculpture Waterrijk Woerden Sculpture for Carnisselande (finished 2009) commissioned by the municipal of Barendrecht Publications (selection) - Anne Wenzel – Prospects of Perception (monograph, on the occasion of the soloexhibition The Opaque Palace), TENT Rotterdam / Lecturis 2014, ISBN 978-94-6226-057-3 - OpiumTV, ‘Jasper Krabbé visits Anne Wenzel, 08.03.2014 - Lennard Dost, ‘Vergane glorie en tanende macht.’, ART, 06.03.2014 - Henny de Lange, ‘Zij die schoonheid ‘argwaant’’, **** Trouw, 24.02.2014 - Marina de Vries, ‘Zwarte beelden, behaagziek en wellustig’, **** De Volkskrant, 18.02.2014 - Sandra Heerma van Voss, ‘Ik maak het galeriehouders en verzamelaars niet gemakkelijk’, NRC, 13.02.2014 - ‘Anne Wenzel bij TENT’, interview with Domeniek Ruyters, MetropolisM, no. 1 feb/mrt 2014 - Nanda Janssen, ‘Dansen op de vulkaan’, Museumtijdschrift, no. 1, jan/feb 2014 - Sandra Smallenburg ‘Morbide beelden in ‘tuttig’ keramiek’, NRC Handelsblad April 2th 2010 - Gerrit van den Hoven ‘Anne Wenzel: thanks to EKWC’, Branbants Dagblad February 2th-2010 - ‘Requiem of Heroism’, Ceramics April 2010 - AVRO’s Kunstuur, 4Art, Anne Wenzel in conversation with Bart Rutten - Boijmans TV, een productie van Boijmans van Beuningen, RO Theater en Popov Film - Manon Braat ‘Verzetten, vluchten of meedoen?' Monumentaal gedenkteken van Anne Wenzel in Boijmans van Beuningen’, Kunstbeeld nr. 5, 2010 - Henny de Lange ‘Argwaan voor schoonheid’, Trouw 01.09.2009 - Machteld Leij ‘Niet bang voor het grote gebaar, Decadente universa in het Stedelijk Museum Schiedam’’,<H>ART 10.09.2009 - Selma Knepflé ‘Een behangetje met over de kop geslagen auto’s’, Volkskrant 23. 09. 2009 - The Last Session (cat.), curator Jan van Woensel, Flemish Arts Center ‘De Brakke Grond’, ISBN/ EAN: 978-90-9024608-6 - Kluger Hans, september 2009, beeldbijdrage - Piet Augustijn, ‘De universele rampenlandschappen van Anne Wenzel’, Keramiek. Jaargang 35 nr. 4, augustus 2009 - Ophelia, Sehsucht, Melancholie en doodsverlangen (cat), uitgeverij De Buitenkant, ISBN 978 90 76452 500 0 - Richard Leydiers, ‘Anne Wenzel, noirs desastres’ artpress 354, maart 2009 - Esther Darley ‘Anne Wenzel’, Kunstbeeld Nr. 3 2009 - Anna van Leeuwen ‘NP3 De digitale beeldcultuur komt thuis’, Kunstbeeld Nr. 3 2009 - Sandra Smallenburg ‘Anne Wenzels universele rampenlandschappen’, NRC Handelsblad 27.02.2009 - Gesine Borcherdt, ‘Anne Wenzel’ Monopol Nr. 12/ 2008 - Sweet Life (monografie); Veenman Publishers - Rob Perrée, ‘Anne Wenzel’, boeken, Kunstbeeld Nr. 6/ 2008 - Christine Vuegen, ‘Anne Wenzel’; Kunstbeeld Nr. 9/ 2008 - Inge Braeckman “Geweld brengt schoonheid voort, Anne Wenzel in One Twenty en S.M.A.K. Gent’ HART okt. 2008 - Paul Depondt, ‘Over Watou hangt een sluier van weemoed’; Volkskrant 12.07.2008 - NRC Handelsblad, 04.04.2008; Beeldende kunst selectie - Gerrit van den Hoven, ‘Elke ramp heeft z’n eigen esthetiek’; Brabants Dagblad 03.04.2008 - Aishlinn Bruinja, “This is (not) a love song”, Tubelight 54/ 27.01.2008 - Rino Feys, ‘Dichter onderweg’, Poëziezomer Watou, Tubelight nr.58 september/oktober 2008 - Jaarboek 2007, FLACC, Genk (BE) (cat.) - Anne Berk, “Schoonheid en symboliek – Eigentijds ‘Hollands Porselein”, Kunstbeeld 10/2007 - Prix de Rome 2007(catalogus), Adr.Heinen Uitgevers - Janneke Wesseling, “Nominaties Prix de Rome”, NRC Handelsblad 19.06.2007 Daan Hakkenberg, “Prix de Rome, werk van genomineerden in Rotterdam”, AD, 20.06.2007 - Black Magic, White Noise (catalogus), Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin - Karin de Mik, “Soms wil je alleen maar alles bekijken”, NRC Handelsblad 4.05.2007 - Pretty Dutch (catalogus), Museum Het Princessehof, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam - Bert Mebius, “Met klei kun je denken”, De Groene Amsterdammer 02.03.2007 - Museum Van Nagsael (catalogus), Veenman Publishers - SOAKERS (catalogus), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, uitgeverleenman Publishers - Xandra de Jongh, “Prix de Rome: de longlist”; Kunstbeeld nr.02/2007 - Machteld Leij, “Verdronken dennenbossen van Anne Wenzel ontroeren”, NRC Handelsblad, 12.10.2006 - Susan van den Berg, “Anne Wenzel laat het verval op de wereld los”; Leeuwarder Courant, 16.09.2006 - “Anne Wenzel, Resort”; <H>ART 11 mei 2006 - Merel Bem “Melancholie, Verval en Onheil”, Tubelight nr. 42 Februari/ maart 2006 - Hotspots (catalogus); Sammlung Essl, Wenen, Oosterijk - Canis Zijlmans ‘De zwarte kant van Sweet Life in Tent.’ Rotterdams Dagblad, 27.05.2005 - “Munch revisited – Edvard Munch und die heutige Kunst; Auf den Spuren einer Wirkungsgeschichte”; Claudia Posca; Kunstforum, Bd. 175, April - Mai 2005 Collections Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand Collection Galerie Conrads Düsseldorf S.M.A.K., Municipal Museum of Modern Art, Gent Numerous private collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam Norway, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and the USA Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede Stedelijk Museum Schiedam Stedelijk Museum 's Hertogenbosch Hetjens Museum Düsseldorf Shepparton Art Gallery, Australie DNB Art Collection Achmea Ahold CBK Rotterdam Heden, Den Haag Jager Collection