ARNOLD SCHALKS INTERNET ARCHIIVE / projects and exhibitions

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de overeenstemming

de overeenstemming (the concordance)

Artist in residence, exploration and writing commission on invitation of foundation Verborgen Landschap (Hidden Landscape) / June 20 - July 3, 2016, Buitenplaats Koningsweg, Schaarsbergen (NL).




Fourth episode of a compilation of works, which only have in common that they are art works, visible via the medium video, selected by Kathrin Wolkowicz and Toine Horvers. Contributions by Dóra Benyó, Hilde van den Dobbelsteen, Henk Geraedts, Luuk Smits, SpOp, Emma Rushton/Derek Tyman, Arnold Schalks (Someni Tongo), Andreas Wutz and Mels van Zutphen. April 14 - 27, 2014, Sub Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam.


Inf. ins.

Contribution to the exhibition in the Leeszaal (Reading room) Rotterdam West, for which artists put art works in books. Opening Saturday 21st September, 15 uur with a performance by Yelena Myshko. The exhibition shall last until the last book with inserted artwork disappears from the Leeszaal’s bookshelves. Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Rijnhoutplein 3, Rotterdam.




photo: Horst Griese

Contribution to the art manifestation Klondike River in Schuppen 1, a former warehouse on the Europa-harbour in Bremen, featuring a programme of actions, installations, sculptures, performances, films, music & readings. Opening Friday, October 8, 2010, 19 h. Schuppen 1, Konsul-Smidt-Straße, Überseestadt, Bremen. Open: October 9 - 23, 2010, from Tue-Sat from 17-22 h, Sun from 15-19 h.


Paramaribo Perpectives

photo © Job Janssen Jan Adriaans

Contribution Someni tongo to a large group exhibition with installations, paintings, photography, sculpture and videos by a self-confident generation of Surinamese and Dutch artists. The exhibition is the conclusion to an intensive artistic exchange between artists from Rotterdam and Paramaribo. How do cultural background and historical baggage influence our perspective on current social issues? Themes such as ancestry and future, history and politics, cultural identity and social topicality are examined and discussed in the context of art. TENT. Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam, September 10 up to and including November 7, 2010.



An exhibition of contemporary art in the former director's villa and the extensive grounds behind De Surinaamsche Bank's headquarters in Paramaribo, curated by Thomas Meijer zu Schochtern (NL) and Christopher Cozier (TT), as well as a publication and a weblog. Paramaribo SPAN marked the 145th anniversary of the Surinaamsche Bank and the completion of ArtRoPa, a four-year exchange project between Rotterdam and Paramaribo artists initiated by the Rotterdam CBK. De Surinaamsche Bank, Paramaribo, February 26 up to and including March 14, 2010.




Project as part of the 40th Poetry International festival. On display from June 12 - 19, 2009, daily between 16:00 and 24:00 h. in the Rotterdam City Theatre.




Community project that centred around poetry and recitation. As part of the Dutch-Surinam exchange project ArtRoPa. Paramaribo, November 22 and 29 November, 2008.


Surinoemer-website (only in Sranantongo and Dutch)

From Wednesday February 13, 2008 on, the Surinoemer-website is operational. The website serves as an online kiosk and a digital newspaper archive. The website was recently extended with a database of Surinamese poetry: de prakseri bangi / ideas bank. The database features s a selection of the work of 50 Surinamese poets. February 13, 2008.


De Andere Krant (The other Paper)

Contribution to the exhibition 'De Andere Hand' (The Other Hand). Newspaper editions and other private publications. Location: the building of the former Photomuseum, Witte de Withstraat 63, Rotterdam. March, 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 from 12-17 hr.



ArtRoPa (partly in Dutch)

Fact-finding visit to Surinam and the edition of the first number of newssheet the Surinoemer as an off-beat to an exchange project with artists from Paramaribo and Rotterdam. Initiated by the Rotterdam Centre for Visual Arts. November 8 - December 13, 2007.


Denkbeelden (Imaginings)

Four linocuts, commissioned by art library 'Delftkunst', Delft. Date of completion October 22, 2007.




Contribution to the art manifestion Poetry and Art as part of the 37th Poetry International festival. June 17 - 23, 2006 in the Rotterdam City Theatre.



Exhibition with Jan Krommenhoek on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of foundation Kunst & Complex. Keileweg 26, Rotterdam. June 9, 10 and 11, 2006.



'Illumination' on 3 locations on the occasion of the merger of the DiscOtake, Openbare Bibliotheek (Public Library) and Kunstcentrum (Art centre) in Delft (NL) to DOK. With Barbara Witteveen. March 18 - April 28, 2006. Finissage on April 28, from 19:00 h. on.



PUNTuit (POINTperiod)

Organisation, curating, production and design of the sixth exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. September/October 2005.


Dwelling for intervals

Two-day retreat in This Neck of the Woods, the guest cabin of visual artist Yvette Poorter in her backyard at the Harddraverstraat in Rotterdam. October 15-16.



Organisation, curating, production and design of the fifth exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. Co-curators: Jozef van Rossum and Rob Streevelaar. June 2005.



Organisation, curating, production and design of the fourth exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. April 2005.


Composed Compost

Organisation, curating, production and design of the third exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. March 2005.



Organisation, production and design of the second exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. Guest curators: Conny de Vugt and Jip Vermond. February 2005.



SPUTNIZA - die Ausstellung - "Wir können auch anders!"

Contribution to the group exhibition in the Kunsthaus Dresden / Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Dresden. December 4, 2004-January 23, 2005.



Organisation, curating, production and design of the first exhibition in artspace de Vrije Schuur. Thirty artists from Holland and abroad have interpreted and reproduced this pair of consonants in their own way. November 2004.



Contribution 'Handhaben' (maintain) to the group exhibition celebrating the 5th anniversary of Produzentengalerie plan.d., Erkratherstraße 88 Düsseldorf. February 7 - 28, 2004



Waterfront Festival

Representation of and lecture about the Communicating Vessels project by Alan Moore, Director of WMF video in the 'Media Pavilion'. Auditorium of the New York Public Library, Staten Island (US). June 22 and July 13, 2002.


Obstacle course for dogs

Contribution to the exhibition series 'Lichthaus Plus Neue Kunst' around the Lichthaus in Bremen. The obstacle course was opened on Sunday, May 5, 2002 at 3 PM with a demonstration by the dog training school 'Jolly Jumpers' from Ganderkesee. In connection with that, dogs were invited to explore the course with their owners under the supervision of expert trainers. The sideprogram offered a KynoKino (cinema for dog and man) and hotdogs as long as stocks lasted. Location: The green strip along the Dockstraße between Hermann-Ehlersplatz and Werftstraße. May 5 - June 2, 2002.


Underneath the turf (by way of foretaste)

Arnold Schalks' contribution to Motel Mozaïque's second edition. Art-centre TENT invited fifteen artists and designers to create a sleeping accommodation for one (or two) specific Motel-guests. Nights spend on April 5 and 6, 2002 in TENT. Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam.

Unterhaltung für Deutschland (Entertainment for Germany)

Looking for a funny culture

Visual artist as writers. Contributions by Martin Baltscheid (W), Ceer Schulz (D), Klaus Sievers (D) and Arnold Schalks (NL). Audio CD: 55 min, ISBN 3-9807699-2-5. "dizzy..." Verlag Hoffeldstraße 56, Düsseldorf.



Colonia non olet

A walk straight across the city centre of Cologne in 2 x 4711 steps. Route: Alteburger Wall 1 via the Severinstor to the Eigelsteintor and vice versa. Warm up period: October 29 - December 30, 2001. Single official walking tour with public participation and videoregistration: December 31, 2001 from 11.47h AM on.


That which Remains II

Group exhibition curated by Ron Rocco with works by Teresa Cebrian, Amanda Guest, Mara Held, Tamiko Kawata. Kathleen Kucka, Fred van Eldijk and Arnold Schalks. The Lowe Gallery at The Hudson Guild, 441 West 26th Street, New York. October 11 - 21 November, 2001.



Work in progress in the Rotterdam Stadskantoor (city office) as part of the larger project 'Dream Garden'. Further contributions by 23 artists from the Netherlands and abroad, curated by the Austrian artist Daniela Swarowsky. Stadskantoor, Rodezand 18, Rotterdam. October 1 - November 15, 2001 Open house on Friday, October 19 & Friday, November 2, 2001.


Gothaer Kunstforum

Residence in the gueststudio of the Rotterdam Centrum Beeldende Kunst at the Gothaer Kunstforum, Alteburger Wall 1, Cologne. September 1 - December 31, 2001.



That which Remains I

Group exhibition with work by Teresa Cebrian, Fred van Eldijk, Robert Seng and Ron Rocco in Bernadette Salvage Fine Art, 59 Harrisson Avenue, Williamsburg New York. October 14 - November 5, 2000.



Zubehör für die Pflege und Erhaltung der deutschen typografischen Landschaft (Accessories for the Upkeep and Conservation of the German Typographic Landscape). Contributions to the exhibition with Klaus Sievers in Gallery plan.d, Erkratherstraße 88, Düsseldorf. (D) March 31 - April 30, 2000.



Both Ends Meet II/Art in the open 1999

Exhibition of maritime multiples as part of the event 'Art in the open 1999'. Quay Art, 43 High Street, Hull (GB). September 22 - 26, 1999.

Concept Both Ends Meet I


UNASKED PRINTED MATTER and other forms of artistic generosity

Exhibition of artists' editions and -publications for independent distribution.

II) Exposorium, Open University, Amsterdam, March 10 - April 26 1999.

I) Sandberg 2, Hoorn (NL), November 22, 1998- January 3,1999



Communicating Vessels

Artist-in-residence project with maritime contributions to the interdisciplinary project 'Ahab's Wife'. Newsstand facility and public service in the St. George terminal of the Staten Island Ferry and a homepage as a 'docking area' on the worldwideweb. Collaboration with the New York visual artist Ron Rocco. Under the auspices of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York (USA). Preparation: July 23 - August 31, 1998. Exhibition: September 1 - 14, 1998. For further Information click: the Daily Levels #1-14 und Waterline tours.


Dreamstations (partly in German)

Group exhibition in the dormitory of the former Cistercian monastery Arnsburg near Lich (D). A project of "Artforum Zwischenräume". March 13-20 1998.



peeling for the arts/schillen voor de kunst

Public service as part of the Dutch-Canadian cultural exchange project 'ReBOUNCE<Victoria'. Cooperation with Canadian artist Annette Witteman and photographer Jay Papik. Location: The sidewalk in front of the 'Villa Alckmaer', Westersingel 83, Rotterdam.

Phase 1: Public peel-happening, Queensday, April 30, 1997.

Phase 2: Open-air portrait gallery, May 7 to 11, 1997.



the mobilization

Collaborative art project with filmmaker Noud Heerkens as part of a series of exhibitions entitled: 'DGR section #4/ about thinking'. Art centre 'De Gele Rijder', Korenmarkt 43, Arnhem. November 29 - December 22, 1996.


Zwei Bauern Ensembles & Milchgeschirr durch die Zeiten (only in German)

Exhibition on invitation of the Ettingshäuser Förderkreis 'KUNST-MENSCH-KIRCHE' Rathausstraße 1, Reiskirchen-Ettingshausen (D). The opening, on September 1, 1996, was preceeded by a 'procession'. Fellow artists Andre Dekker, Maarten van Gent, Cora Schmeiser, Jürgen Fietze and many others contributed to the festivities. September 1 - 9, 1996.



BOUNCE> Rotterdam

Participation in the Dutch-Canadian art exchange. Location: Saint Norbert Arts & Cultural Centre (SNACC) and the ruins of the Trappist monastery of 'Our Lady of the Prairies', Saint Norbert, Manitoba, Canada. Working period: May 9 - June 24, 1995 / Exhibition: June 25 - October 31, 1995


[...] Taal, Toon, Tijd

A collaboration of the visual artists Arnold Schalks and Andre Dekker and the composer Hans Riphagen. CBK-exhibitions, Westersingel 83, Rotterdam. April 1 - 29, 1995.



Deux Ensembles Fermiers

Exhibition in gallery 'Jorge Alyskewycz', 14 rue des Taillandiers, Paris. November 5 - December 31, 1994.


Dahin, dahin! (een opening)

Exhibition in Centre for the Visual Arts (CBK)- exhibitions, Westersingel 83, Rotterdam. September 3 - 18, 1994.


Reederei SCHALKS (Übersetzungen)

Maritime project in the gallery im KünstlerHaus, am Deich 68/69, Bremen (D). Working period: December 23, 1993 - February 20 ,1994. / Exhibition: February 10 - 26, 1994.



Lodging for restless elements

Organisation and design of & contribution to the exchange project 'De Idiomas desiguales/from unequal languages' of members of the Spanish artist collective 'A ua Crag' (Aranda de Duero, Spain) and artists of 'Kunst & Complex' (Rotterdam). Keileweg 26 - 28, Rotterdam. Working period: September 20 - 30 / Exhibition: 0ctober 1 - 17, 1993.


un Pozo para Aranda (a well for Aranda) (only available in spanish)

Contribution to the exchange project 'De Idiomas desiguales/from unequal languages' of members of the Spanish artist collective 'A ua Crag' (Aranda de Duero, Spain) and artists of 'Kunst & Complex' (Rotterdam). Locations: Calle Barrio Nuevo 13 and Public Library, Aranda de Duero (E). Working period: June 1 - 23 / Exhibition: June 24 - July 19, 1993.


Heidegger Reisen

Exhibition of hiking gear in the attic of the Castle of Rhoon, Dorpsdijk 63, Rhoon (NL). January 22 - March 7, 1993.



Lichaam in beweging

Exhibition in V & D-department store, 3rd floor, Veenplein Vlaardingen (NL). November 14 - December 14, 1992.


KunstRAI 1992

Exhibition in the stand of gallery 'het Veem'. Presentation of the work of Holger Bunk and Arnold Schalks. June 3 - 7, 1992.


Unterwegs zur Sprache (eine Reiseübersetzung)

Exhibition in gallery 'het Veem', Witte de Withstraat 44 I, Rotterdam. March 1 - 29, 1992.




Contribution to the 2nd Art-symposium Reiskirchen/Ettingshausen (D). Working period: May 7 - June 7, 1991 / Exhibition: June 8 - 15, 1991.



Exhibition in Expo H&K, Mathenesserdijk 410 - 418, Rotterdam. March 3 - 24, 1991.



..., dat de maan oren hebben.

Exhibition with members of 'Kunst & Complex', Keileweg 26 - 28, Rotterdam. August 31 - September 16, 1990.



Exhibition in gallery 'Westersingel 8', Westersingel 8, Rotterdam. December 22, 1989 - January 22, 1990.



In den Dörfern/aus den Städten

Contribution to the 1st art-symposium Reiskirchen/Ettingshausen (D). Working/exhibition period: June 26 - July 9, 1989.


Bericht aus Holland

Exhibition in gallery Carla Stützer, Kamekestraße 21, Cologne (D). February 24 - April 3, 1989.



VBK Dordt

Exhibition in Voorstraat 396, Dordrecht (NL). May 7 - 29, 1988.


Arnold Schalks

Exhibition on the 1st floor of the Gallery 'Westersingel 8', Westersingel 8, Rotterdam. February 19 - March 21, 1988.




Exhibition in former police station, Eendrachtsplein 3, Rotterdam. January 24 - February 2, 1986.



Der Wechsel / de wissel

Art exchange Rotterdam / Düsseldorf, Sint Jobsweg 40, Rotterdam / Münsterstraße 446, Düsseldorf (in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Rotterdam). September 6 - 22, 1985.




de Pier exposeert

Annual presentation of 'Kunst & Complex' artists, Sint Jobsweg 20, Rotterdam. September 28 - 29, and October 6 - 7, 1984.




Exhibition of three graduated students in the hall of the Academy of Fine Arts, Blaak 10, Rotterdam. March 21 - 25, 1983.



stichting Kunst & Complex exposeert

Annual presentation of the 'Kunst & Complex' artists, Sint Jobsweg 20 Rotterdam.


Jong Talent

The artists' coalition Jong Talent presented new work in gallery Black Cat, Mauritsweg 56, Rotterdam. Musical accompaniment: 'the best of Montovani'. May 8, 1981.





Low-budget exhibition with performance on a heap of rubble by 'Jong Talent' members on the occasion of the 40th commemoration of the bombardment of Rotterdam. Galerie Black Cat, Mauritsweg 56, Rotterdam. May 14-16, 1980.



Spontaneous exhibition with contributions of the three 'Jong Talent' members in the hall of the Academy of Fine Arts, G.J. de Jonghweg 4, Rotterdam. Three-dimensional works, silk screen prints, cartoons and poetry. March 4 - 5, 1980.



'Aktie Kerstpakket' (Action Christmas box)

Musical unwrap-performance by 'Jong Talent' in cooperation with fellow artists Peter Donkers (electric guitar) and Niek Kortekaas (altosaxophone) in the hall of the Academy of Fine Arts, G.J. de Jonghweg 4, Rotterdam. December 20, 1979 .


'Jong Talent'

Formation of 'Jong Talent' (Young Talent), collaboration with fellow art students Paul Henning and Marcos Carrasquer. Various subversive activities in the margins of the art-industry. October 1979.