Ansuya Blom

Ansuya Blom 1956

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.
Represented by:

Galerie van Gelder

The description of man in general has long been the theme of Ansuya Blom. In addition to making films, the steady progress of drawing in the studio is an unstoppable need, in which the drawing of lines is sometimes as time-bound as the medium of film, it seems. The use of words and phrase fragments often occur in her work. Words like 'guilt', 'anxiety' and 'sin' are words that are strongly connected to command and punishment. She calls these words "strict" and prefers to avoid them as often as possible, by covering those narrow words with, for example, drawn black and red-brown ants. In various drawings she makes use of an almost illegible handwriting in order to create an incantation in this way. Another way for her to characterize the human condition is to denounce the "dizziness of freedom". An ambiguous freedom as it arises when Kierkegaard's character Vigilius Haufniensis stands on the brink of an abyss and has the freedom to choose to give in to the impulse to allow itself to be absorbed in the depth. Or to quickly turn back anxiously, therewith avoiding a deadly trap. Ansuya Blom has a weakness for man that is afraid to make wrong choices and can not save itself or who is seen as deviant by the other person. KvG

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This is a fragment of "Ysabel's Table Dance" is an early film of Ansuya Blom, made in 1978. In short one could say that the joy of life is continuously drawn back by the physical limits of the human body. Or the other way around, the possibility of joy of life is there as long as the body and mind are not dragging the human situations down.


1974 - 1976 Ateliers ' 63, Haarlem 1980 - 1981 PS 1, New York 2001 - 2003 MA Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London, UK Solo exhibitions, selection 1982 Art & Project, Amsterdam, with Jan Commandeur 1983 Art & Project, Amsterdam 1984 City Thoughts, Amsterdam 1988 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1990 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1991 Scanning 1991, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, met Keith Brumberg, cat. 1991 Beeld voor beeld, Librije Hedendaagse Kunst, Zwolle, met Leo Vroegindeweij, pub. 1992 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, cat. 1993 Associated Publishers, Amsterdam 1994 Sala Montcada de la Fundació 'la Caixa', Barcelona, cat. 1994 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, cat. 1995 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Camden Arts Centre, Londen; CCA., Glasgow, cat.* 1995 Film in stock, de Unie i.s.m. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 1995 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1998 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1999 An evening with Ansuya Blom, Cineprobe series, MoMA, New York 1999 Institute of Contemporary Art; an evening of films by Ansuya Blom, Philadelphia 1999 Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat. 2001 The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London, cat. 2002 House of Invertebrates, AP, Amsterdam 2002 Gallery Bill Maynes, New York 2004 Tintinnabulation, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2005 The Douglas Hyde Gallery, 'The Paradise project [21]', Dublin, Ireland 2008 The Fall, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2009 The Fall, Fred Gallery, London, England, cat. 2014 Through Shutters, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2019 Suzanne U., Galerie van Gelder & AP, Amsterdam 2019 Casco, part of "Het is of de stenen spreken", Utrecht, Netherlands Group exhibitions, selection 1978 Atelier 15, 10 jonge kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1979 Zeichnung Heute, 1. Internationale Jugendtriennale & Meister der Zeichnung, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, cat. 1980 Junge Kunst aus der Niederlanden, Landesmuseum, Graz; Galerija suvremente umjetnosti, Zagreb, cat. 1980 PS1, New York 1980 Ateliers '63. Een keuze uit het werk van deelnemers 1975-1980, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1980 Aspecten van de Nederlandse schilderkunst. Een keuze uit de collectie van het Stedelijk Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1981 Art & Project, Amsterdam 1981 Koninklijke subsidie voor de Vrije Schilderkunst 1981, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam 1982 Amsterdam 60-80, twintig jaar beeldende kunst, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam 1982 Junge Kunst aus der Niederlanden/Young Art from the Netherlands, Form und/and Expression (Art 13'82), Sonderschau Kunstmesse, Basel; Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag 1983 Amsterdam-Reykjavik, ter weerszijden van de meridiaan, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik; Museum Fodor, Amsterdam 1983 Amsterdam 1983 in Berlijn, Berlijn 1983 in Amsterdam, Kunstamt Kreuzberg, Berlijn, cat. 1983 Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen 1981-1982, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam 1984 Décor-ontwerp voor performance Mark Glynne, De Fabriek, Eindhoven 1984 Vindsulor. Malerei, Skulptur och Video i Holland, Kunsthalle, Göteborg, cat. 1985 Wat Amsterdam betreft, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1985 5e Internationaler Experimentalfilm Workshop, Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, cat. 1985 The Dutch contribution to the 1985 São Paulo Biennale, 18a Bienal de Sâo Paulo, Sâo Paulo, cat. 1986 Six Plasticiens Contemporains des Pays-Bas, Musée d'Art Moderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, cat. 1986 Innovation und Tradition, Niederländische Kunst der Achtziger Jahre/ Vernieuwing en traditie, Nederlandse kunst van de jaren tachtig, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Städtische Galerie, Erlangen; Ernst Muzéum, Budapest; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, cat.* 1986 Innovation und Tradition, Niederländische Kunst der Achtziger Jahre 1987 International Filmfestival, New York 1987 International Filmfestival, Toronto 1987 A priori Tekenen, Stichting Makkom, Amsterdam, cat. 1988 Koninklijke Subsidie voor de Vrije Schilderkunst 1980-1987, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam 1988 17th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam 1988 Prima Idea, Stichting Archipel, Apeldoorn; Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, cat. 1989 Vele parels voor een lijn, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1989 Amsterdam Art-Regards: dessins contemporains, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, cat. 1989 30 Anni de Disegni, Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte, Florence, cat. 1989 De Amro Bank Collectie. Een keuze, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1990 The eye & the ear, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1990 Nederlandse Filmdagen, Utrecht 1990 Aperto 90, XLIV Esposizione Internationale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Venetië, cat. 1990 Kunstkanaal, uitzending 'Ysabel's Table Dance' & 'Amazing Grace' 1990 19th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam, cat. 1991 Künstlerfilms Amsterdam-Frankfurt, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, cat. 1991 Six logos around the carpet, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1991 They see the light, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1991 Wij zijn 16, W139, Amsterdam 1992 Van Vlees en Bloed, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat. 1992 The last Rose of Summer, Galerie Wanda Reiff, Amsterdam 1992 Art for ASAP, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam 1993 22nd International Filmfestival, Rotterdam, cat. 1993 Het Materiaal, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1993 Edities & unica, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1993 Avant-garde films uit Nederland, Cinematheek, Brussel, keuze Nelly Voorhuis 1993 The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York 1994 Ik vind uw werk heel interessant, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam 1994 Samenvatting, Nederlandse tekenkunst na 1900, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1994 Tekeningen & tekeningen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1995 Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard, Brussel 1995 Kine(kunst) '95, Internationaal Festival van de Kunstfilm, Knokke 1995 Introspace, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat. 1996 25th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam 1996 20 jaar verzamelen, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 1996 16e Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht 1996 VPRO televisie, uitzending 'Joe Faces' 1996 Het oog als lasapparaat. Collages, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam 1997 De Bruiloftsreportage, Centraal Museum, Utrecht 1997 One Line Drawings, Ubu Gallery, New York 1997 De Verzameling, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1998 27th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam 1998 Lines of Desire, Bluecoat Art Gallery, Liverpool; Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham; Wrexham Art Centre, Wales 1998 Losse werken, rake klappen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1999 Flash, World Wide Video Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 1999 00, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1999 Lie of the Land. earth. body. material, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, cat.* 2000 Flash, CCA, Vilnius; Transmediale International Arts Festival, Berlin; Living Art Museum,Reykjavik; SMAK, Ghent; CBK Marres, Maastricht; Videoex., Zürich; 2000 idem, Flash, Cross Over Festival, Enschede; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; BALTIC Center, Gateshead; Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China 2001 Höhere Wesen befahlen: anders malen!, Smart Projects, Amsterdam, curator Mark Kremer, cat. 2002 Lijn=Vorm=Inhoud. Werken op papier, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, curator Patricia van der Lugt, cat. 2002 On the waterfront. Keuze uit de Collectie Nederlandse hedendaagse kunst of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 2002 On the waterfront. Keuze uit de Collectie Nederlandse hedendaagse kunst of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam 2002 Transformer, Porin Taidemuseo, Finland, cat. 2003 Nightwood, Rhodes and Mann, London 2003 Tot nu toe, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2003 The Seven Year Itch, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 2003 The Portable Museum/ Niek Kemps, CBK, Dordrecht 2003 Tussen droom en daad, Fonds BKVB, Toekenning 012, Amsterdam 2003 Flash, Listasafn, Reykjavíkur Hafnarhús, Reykjavik, Iceland 2004 33rd International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Rotterdam 2004 mm2, Cinema De Balie, Amsterdam, cat. 2004 Duo Track, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis, Argos Arts, Brussels, cat. 2004 The Independant Cinema 'La Enana Marrón, Madrid, Spain 2004 The Independant Film Festival of Barcelona 'La Alternativa', Barcelona, Spain 2004 De Filmbank, reizend filmprogramma Nederlandse experimentele film, Nederland 2005 34th International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, cat. 2005 Green Filmfestival, Seoul, South Korea 2005 Moderne Favorieten, Museum Valkhof, Nijmegen 2005 Tekeningen & tekeningen, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem 2005 Cross Art, Kunsthalle Bonn, Germany, curator Jean-Christophe Ammann 2005 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Jeu de Paumes/Centre Culturel Suedois/Ecole Superieure Des Beauxs Arts/Cinema Entrepôt, Paris 2006 Leo Vroegindeweij 1976-2006, Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede 2006 Kosmopolis 06, CCCB/Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 2006 MuHKA Media, as part of The Projection Project, Films by Ansuya Blom, The curators choice: Mark Kremer, Antwerp, Belgium 2007 De Keuze van Lucassen, Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag 2007 Kunst uit huis III, Armando verzamelt en tekent, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam 2007 Int. Filmfestival of Science and Technology, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC and Museum of Contemporary Art, Orlando, U.S.A. 2008 Prospects and Interiors; sculptor's drawings, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England, curator Sophie Raikes, essay 2008 Artissima 15, Turin, Italy, with Marijke van Warmerdam, Nicolas Chardon, Klaas Kloosterboer, Jaap Kroneman and Voebe de Gruyter 2009 Rencontres Internationales / Hither come down on me, Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain 2009 idem, Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 2010 Remember Me - about death and memory, MMKA / Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands 2011 All About Drawing. 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands, cat. 2011 In Between, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2011 Hedendaags Klassiek, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, cat. 2011 A for Artists, E for Exhibitions, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, brochure 2012 To make a show it takes a thought..., Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2012 30 days of Piece Love and Painting, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam 2012 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 2012 Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam 2012 Porta Nigra, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, England, curator Mark Kremer 2013 International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2013 AAA Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 2013 This and That and That, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2013 Dokument Art, Berlin, Germany 2014 De Keuze van Lucassen, Nouvelles Images, The Hague, Netherlands 2014 AD XL, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam 2014 Donkere Kamers, Museum Dr Ghislain, Gent, Belgium 2016 Wedges, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2016 Animalism, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck, Austria 2017 The multiple versus series versus a unique work, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2017 Salon Hang bi-annual, Kunstverein, Amsterdam 2018 De Zindering van de Zee, De Mesdag Collectie, The Hague, Netherlands, curator Joanna De Vos * exhibition on tour Bibliography, selection 1990 Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.' 1991 Scanning 1991, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium 1992 … dass dieser Mensch …, The Bifrons Publisher/Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, cat.' 1994 Ansuya Blom, Sala Montcada de la Fundació 'la Caixa', Barcelona, cat.' 1994 Ansuya Blom, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, cat.' 1999 Ansuya Blom, Let me see if this be real, NAI publishers, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.' 2000 Lie of the land. earth, body, material, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, cat. 2001 The Centre for Drawing: The First Year, Vong Phaophanit, Ansuya Blom, Alexander Roob, Wimbledon School of Art, London, cat. 2001 Höhere Wesen befahlen: anders malen!, Smart Papers, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, curator Mark Kremer, cat. 2002 Lijn = Vorm = Inhoud. Werken op papier, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, curator Patricia van der Lugt, cat. 2003 Transformer, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland, cat. 2009 Touch on a hard surface, Fred London Ltd, London, cat.' 2011 All About Drawing. 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat. ' = personal catalogue Interviews 1999 Temporarily half of me is here. Ansuya Blom in conversation with Stuart Morgan, in Ansuya Blom, Let me see if this be real, NAI publishers, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, pp. 21-32 2001 Ansuya Blom in conversation with Michael Ginsborg, Wimbledon School of Arts, 22 February 2001, in The Center for Drawing: The First Year, Vong Phaophanit, Ansuya Blom, Alexander Roob, Wimbledon School of Art, London, pp. 77-83 2005 Ansuya Blom in conversation with John Hutchinson, 11 August in The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin Articles, selection 1990 The secret life of Belly and Bone, Stuart Morgan, in Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1990 Living Space (Ruimten van bestaan), Tineke Reijnders, in Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1990 Ansuya Blom, Ausstellungsrückschau Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 17. Februar - 8. April 1990 Frank-Allexander Hettig, Das Kunstwerk, 2 XLII, June 1990 Stille kracht onder een stolp, Kees van Gelder, Kunst & Museumjournaal, nr 4 1994 Radiografia d'una habitación, Juan Vicente Aliaga, in Ansuya Blom, Sala Montcada de la Fundació 'la Caixa', Barcelona 1994 First-person singular, Stuart Morgan, in Ansuya Blom, Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona 1994 Ansuya Blom, Fundació la Caixa, Juan Vicente Aliaga, Art Press, nr 190, April 1994 Things That Go In Bump in the Night, Ann Cullis, Womens's Art Magazine, November/December 1995 Ansuya Blom, Marcel Feil, 'Kunst van Nu. Encyclopedisch overzicht vanaf 1970', Primavera Pers, Leiden 1996 Ansuya Blom at Camden Arts Centre, Melissa Feldman, Art in America, februari 1996 Drawing Conclusions, Angela Kingston, Artists Newsletter, June 1999 Ansuya Blom at van Gelder, Janet Koplos, Art in America, February, p. 120 1999 Surrealistische filmbeelden en tekeningen Ansuya Blom, Sandra Smallenburg, NRC Handelsblad, 29 November 1999 Uiteindelijk lukt niets, Lucette ter Borg, De Volkskrant, 9 December 2001 Glorious Impurity, Doris Lockhart Saatchi, Galleries Magazine, March 2001 Ansuya Blom, Hugh Stoddart, Art Review, March 2001 Mental freedom: Ansuya Blom's House of the Invertebrates, Ian Hunt, in The Centre for Drawing: The First Year, Vong Phaophanit, Ansuya Blom, Alexander Roob, Wimbledon School of Art, London, pp. 84-91 2001 Höhere Wesen befahlen: anders malen!, Smart Papers, Amsterdam, curator Mark Kremer, p. 12 2002 Mixed media: The House of the Invertebrates, Daphne Pappers, Tubelight 20, March/April, p. 15 2002 On some recent works by Ansuya Blom, Ian Hunt, Pori Art Museum, pp. 20-26 2002 Mixed media: The House of the Invertebrates, Daphne Pappers, Tubelight 20, March/April, p. 15 2003 Nightwood, Rhodes + Mann, Sara Harrison, Art Monthly, nr 264, pp. 35-36 2003 Nightwood, Rhodes + Mann,, Morgan Falconer, Frieze, pp. 97-98 2004 Onbereikbaar vrouwelijk universum, Hans den Hartog Jager, NRC Handelsblad, 5 March 2008 The Fall, Kees van Gelder, Cut-magazine about art, issue 4, pp.2-7 2009 Ansuya Blom: Beyond the Individual, Ian Hunt, in cat. Touch on a hard surface, Fred London Ltd, unpaginated 2011 Ansuya Blom, Leanne de Vries Lentsch, in cat. Meesterlijke vrouwen, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, pp. 18-19 Texts by artist 1985 Artists pages, Kunstschrift Openbaar Kunstbezit, no.2, pp. 52-55 1986 Artist pages, Dutch Art + Architecture Today, no.19, June pp.18-19 1991 'Retrospect, Einfach kompliziert: Karel Appel in the Haags Gemeentemuseum', Kunst en Museumjournaal, no. 5, pp. 57-58 1994 'War Songs', in cat. Reykjavik / Amsterdam, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam 1999 'Abstrakt?', in cat. Lucassen, Kempen Publishers, Eindhoven, Netherlands, pp. 117 - 120 2003 'Between sonic and silence', in cat. James Beckett FS10, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium 2004 'Charming the snake of reason', in cat. Now What? Artists Write!, BAK / Basis voor Actuele Kunst and Revolver / Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, pp.17 - 22 2005 'Jesus, help me find a proper place', on the work of Sverre Bjertnaes, cat., DAI, Enschede, pp.3 - 6 2005 'The Small world of I', in cat. Beyond Borders 7, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam 2005 'What falls in between', in cat. Sanja Medic, Interior Monologue, a soliloquy, Stichting Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam 2009 'Letter to J', in cat. Touch on a hard surface, Fred Gallery, London, England, n.p. 2009 'Angelic Superbia', in cat. The Way of the World - Narcisse Tordoir, Cultuurcentrum, Mechelen, Belgium, p.90 2012 'Memory is Hunger, Letter to L.', Archis, fall, n.p. Films 1984 Lady Lazarus, 16 mm., 2 min., colour, sound 1985 Borderline, 16 mm., 2 min., colour, sound 1987 Ysabel's Table Dance, 16 mm., 6 min., colour, sound 1989 Amazing Grace, 16 mm., 14 min., colour, sound 1992 Regards de la Vierge, 16 mm., 18 min., colour, sound 1995 Joe Faces, 16 mm., 10 min., colour, sound 1998 Dear… , 16 mm., 48 min., colour, sound 1999 See eye, DVD with composer Paul Termos, colour, sound, prod. Bifrons Foundation, Amsterdam 2002 Chapter Three, DVD, 7 min., colour, sound 2004 Nervous, DVD, 9.30 min. black and white, sound 2007 Hither come down on me, ca. 12 min. bl/w, sound 2009 Portrait, 8.21 min. b/w 2012 Spell, 6 min. b/w