Rob Birza 1962

Woont in Amsterdam. Werkt in Weesp.
Vertegenwoordigd door:

Willem Baars Projects

Rob Birza has undeniably already had an impressive career ; two solo exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam during his twenties, numerous exhibitions throughout Europe in the past four decades and he has executed a multitude of public commissions all over the Netherlands. Though a first glance at his oeuvre might be confusing; playful takes on Stella’s shaped canvases and Schwitters-esque abstract compositions are alternated by colourful still lives with flowers and grand paintings depicting scenes of the Afghan war. Curator and director Ann Demeester of the Frans Hals museum pointed out while introducing his series from 2016 (Shifting Circles), that throughout this oeuvre there always one constant : the fragile line between abstract and figurative. In the Shifting Circles series (2016) this was pre-eminently displayed through a play between background and foreground and a system to which the circles of colour seemed to stick. In his most recent series, titled Drifting Circles (2017), Birza has chosen to abandon symmetry and to take a more loose approach to his system of circles. The artist is not afraid to revert to a lazy and mischievous approach in order to undermine his own system and painting in general. Rebellion creates new opportunities and possibilities. It is precisely this type of anarchy that played a defining role in the development of abstract art.

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EDUCATION 1988 Danish Turistrad Scholarship 1986-1987 Ateliers 63- Haarlem 1980-1985 St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts and Design- Breda AWARDS 1998 Sandberg Prize (Oeuvre Award)- Stichting Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst 1988 Aanmoedigingsprijs- Stichting Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2016 From the blue play till shifting circles De Nederlandsche Bank – Amsterdam (NL) Shifting Circles Willem Baars Projects – Amsterdam (NL) 2014 Systems in Warped Space Willem Baars Projects – Amsterdam (NL) 2013 Rob Birza Grafisch Atelier ‘t Gooi – Hilversum (NL) 2012 Shifting Systems Willem Baars Projects - Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Willem Baars Projects- Art Amsterdam- paintings (text by Cornel Bierens) No more Holidays (ceramics)- ParKt - Amsterdam (NL) 2009 Pinballmandalamachine Gemeentemuseum - The Hague (NL) 2007 Beautiful Misery #2 Galleria Giorgio Persano – Turin (IT) 2006 Beautiful Misery Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam (NL) 2005 Afghanistan Galleria Giorgio Persano – Turin (IT) Dialogen in de schilderkunst 4: Poep Bruin (with Morgan Betz), De Overslag- Eindhoven (NL) 2003 One is Free, Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam (NL) 2001 Cold Fusion SMAK – Gent (BE) 2000 Cold Fusion 2000 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) 1998 Cosy Monsters from Inner Space (the drawings) De Pont Foundation - Tilburg (NL) Digital Treble Discoveries – Unplugged (Part of From the Corner of the Eye- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Stedelijk Museum Bureau - Amsterdam (NL) Cosy Monsters from Inner Space (the Paintings), Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam (NL) Power Flower Portraits Fries Museum - Leeuwarden (NL) 1997 Lasca Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery- Los Angeles (US) Galerie Asbaek- Copenhagen (DK) 1996 The Beautiful Tragedy of Intensity-show Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam (NL) Attidudes 2: Rob Birza en Rob Scholte Stadsgalerij Heerlen - Heerlen (NL) 1995 Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen- Cologne (DE) De Nederlandsche Bank- Amsterdam (NL) 1994 REAL. My Fuckin Kangaroo is damn right! (and so is my Pelican) De Vleeshal - Middelburg (NL) 1992 The Aquarium Gemeentemuseum The Hague, The Hague (NL) 1991 Birza Stedelijk Museum- Amsterdam (NL) De Satelliet Nederlandsche Bank- Amsterdam (NL) 1990 Galerie van Krimpen- Amsterdam (NL) 1989 Rob Birza: Nieuwe Schilderijen Galerie 't Venster- Rotterdam (NL) 1988 First Blossom Galerie van Krimpen- Amsterdam (NL) SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2018 Summer Jam, a painting show. W139, Amsterdam Summer Exhibition Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2016 Opwinding Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) 2014 Stop Making Sense Dordrechts Museum (NL) 2013 Back to Earth: Von Picasso bis Ai Weiwei- die Wiederentdeckung der Keramik in der Kunst- Gerisch-Stiftung Neumünster (DE) 2011 De Foute Beelden Galerie Nouvelles Images - The Hague (NL) 2009 Drie tot de derde macht- SBK Breda (NL) Beeldentuin Aningahof- Zwolle (NL) 2008 SM in De Nieuwe Kerk De Nieuwe Kerk - Amsterdam (NL) 2007 W139 Colored W139 - Amsterdam (NL) 2006 Room with a view: De Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie Gemeentemuseum- The Hague (NL) Autonomia Galerie LUMC- Leiden (NL) 2005 Een reis door de collectie (curated by Carel Blotkamp), Stedelijk Museum- Amsterdam (NL) Contemporary Artists from The Netherlands Hopkins Center - Darthmouth College- Hanover- New Hampshire- (US) 2004 Lustwarande 04 Park de Oude Waranda- Tilburg (NL) Secrets of the nineties Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (NL) Migrating Identity- Transmission Reconstruction Arti et Amicitae - Amsterdam (NL) 2003 Bison Caravan Aarhus Kunstmuseum- Aarhus (DK) 2002 Contemporary Art from The Netherlands European Central Bank- Frankfurt am Main (DE) Hofvijver in Poezie en Beeld, Kunstpassage in Rijksmonument Museum Bredius/ Haags Historisch Museum- The Hague (NL) 2001 Cairo Biennial Cairo (EG) The Presentation Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam (NL) Wir sind die Ander(en) Herford Museum (DE) Bollywood has arrived Passenger Terminal - Amsterdam (NL) 2000 Zeitwenden. Ausblick Kunstmuseum Bonn/ Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig- Vienna- Germany/ Austria1999 Bad-Bad- That is a good excuse Staatliche Kunsthallen Baden-Baden (DE) Spring Foundation for Indian Artists - Amsterdam (NL) Glad IJs Stedelijk Museum- Amsterdam (NL) 1998 From the Corner of the Eye Stedelijk Museum- Amsterdam (NL) Surfacing. Contemporary Drawing I.C.A.- London (UK) The Centre Holds. Report from the art scene Netherlands (Curator: Rudi Fuchs)- Galerie Gmurzynska- Cologne (DE) De Salon Abandoned City Hall of Utrecht (NL) 1997 Flemish and Dutch Painting (Curators: Rudi Fuchs and Jan Hoet)- Palazzo Grassi- Venice (IT) Topping Out Städtische Galerie- Nordhorn (on location in Alte Weberei) (DE) Einde Eeuw Tableau Vivant (Curator: Wim Beeren)- Pulchri Studio- The Hague (NL) Wahlverwandtschaften (Europäische Malerei im Gespräch) Casino Luxembourg and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) 1996 Peintres Néerlandais et Flamands d'aujourd'hui De Beyerd- Breda (NL) The Other Self Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (NL) Deep in the woods (De Muze als Motor- Beeldende Kunst in Brabant- 1945-1996) De Pont Foundation- Tilburg (NL) Birza- Puckey- Scholte- Galerie Hohental und Bergen- Cologne (DE)