Willem de Rooij’s work is determined by the selection and combination of images in diverse media, such as sculpture, film, photography and text. His work analyzes the conventions of presentation and representation and assesses the tension between socio-political and autonomous image production. Where early film installations already had a sculptural quality, his most recent exhibitions became works of art in their own right, often incorporating found materials or appropriated works of art.
De Rooij's lecture will focus on works produced over the last 5 years, and especially on his most current installation 'Intolerance' which is on show at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin till January 3 2011. www.intolerance-berlin.de
Willem de Rooij (*1969) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1990-95 and at the Rijksakademie there from 1997-98. He has been a tutor at De Ateliers in Amsterdam since 2002 and professor of fine arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main since 2006. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Joint exhibition activities with Jeroen de Rijke till 2006, followed by exhibitions at K 21, Düsseldorf (2007) and at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2008). Robert Fulton Fellowship at Harvard University in 2004 and representation of the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Among other institutions, his works can be found in the collections of the Nationalgalerie in Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, at the MUMOK in Vienna, and the MoMA in New York.