Robbie Cornelissen

Robbie Cornelissen (1954) has a reputation for making gigantic drawings which, apart from their dimensions, are especially impressive because of their abundance of detail. In the libraries, cities or halls depicted by him man is absent; consequently, the architectural fantasy retains a certain neutrality so that the observer can wander round the rooms undisturbed. The library is a recurring theme in his work. Not only as a metaphor for the power of knowledge or a collective memory, but also as some kind of giant computer that seems to be developing into a living creature with organic forms. Over the last years Robbie Cornelissen pushes the boudaries of the medium by experimenting with computer aided design in animations as The Capacious Memory and The Labyrinth Runner or by having the audience participate in his work.

In 2011 he invited visitors and students in making a twenty meter long, horizontal line drawing during his solo exhibition Studio Vertigo at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In his animation The Black Room he concentrates on the basics of drawing. Using only charcoal on paper he investigates the aspects of perspective and space, abstraction and figuration and the transition from two to three dimensional. In total sixty animations are linked up together. They are meant to be shown simultaneously on three screens in a u-shaped space in a constantly varying compilation, allowing the work to continuously rejuvenate itself. In 2015 he won the professional jury award for this work at the Holland Animation Film Festival.

www.robbiecornelissen.nl

1954born in Utrecht, The Netherlands

education

1973 – 1980Biology and Ecology, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
1982 – 1984Vrije Academie, The Hague, The Netherlands
1984 – 1987Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
lives and works in Utrecht, The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2017The New Room, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2016The Life of Lines, Drawing Centre Diepenheim, NL
Haven’s Factory,
Kogan Gallery, Paris, France
2015Galery Art Mur, Montreal , Canada
2014The Black Room 2014, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Kennedy van der Laan, Amsterdam, NL
2013Anticipation, Kogan Gallery, Paris, France
God is in the Details, Stedelijk Museum, Kampen, NL
2012Mémoires à venir, Kogan Gallery, Paris, France
2011The Capacious Memory, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Studio Vertigo, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
Galerie Art Mur, Montréal, Canada
2010Pueblo, Bacinol, Delft, The Netherlands
2009Art Amsterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
2008Living Room, Centraal Museum Utrecht, NL
2007The Capacious Memory, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
Het Grote Geheugen, CBK Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
2006Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2005Galleria Astuni, Pietrasanta, Italy
2004Stichting KIK, Kolderveen, NL
2003Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Motive Gallery, Haarlem, NL
CBK Provincie Utrecht, Amersfoort, NL
2001Archipel, Apeldoorn, NL
1997VB Galerie-Kunstuitkijk, Deventer, NL
1996Grafisch Atelier, Utrecht, NL
1992A. Wulfse startgalerie, Amersfoort, NL
1991Galerie Bert Mertens, Utrecht, NL
1990Galerie Trajekt, Utrecht, NL

group exhibitions

2017Art The Hague Drawing, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Kantelpunt (Tipping Point), with Karin van Dam, Cacaofabriek, Helmond, NL
6 ème Biennale du Dessin, Musée des Beaux Arts de Mont-Saint Hilaire, Canada
Drawing Now Paris, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Paris, France
2016Track & Trace I & II, 25 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Drawing Rooms II,
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
Inner City,
Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
Amsterdam Drawing, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
The Inconstancy of Space, Struggle for Identity, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
Move the Line, Horst Janssen Museum, Oldenburg, Germany
Van Gogh’s Mini’s, Moti Museum, Breda, NL
Le Contemporain Dessiné, Musée des Arts Décoratifs au Louvre, Paris, France
Drawing Now Paris, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Paris, France
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
2015Constructeurs d’Absurde, Bricoleurs d’Utopie, CAC Meymac, France
Archi-Sculptur
, Fondation Villa Datris, Isle sur La Sorgue, France
Anders Abstract,
Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, NL
Henk van Os komt thuis,
Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL
Urbane Beelden,
KuuB ruimte voor kunst, Utrecht, NL
Utrecht Down Under, Under Control, Gevangenis Wolvenplein,
Utrecht, NL
Move ON, 100 years of Animation Art
, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL
2014De stad in mij (The City within me), Museum IJsselstein, NL
Geest van de Plek, Museum Arnhem, NL
Amsterdam Drawing,
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
Time Being Time, Museum of Contemporary Art Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina
The City, Museum IJsselstein, NL
Surreal Worlds, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
Staged City, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
2013World in Images, Kunstpodium ZaalZuid, , Hengelo, NL
I love Holland, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
Mooove, Villa Zebra , Rotterdam, NL
Call of the Mall, Art Manifestation, Utrecht Central Train Station, Utrecht. NL
Zoetermeer Utopia, Townmuseum Zoetermeer, Zoetermeer, NL
2012Scope New York, Galery Art Mur, New York, USA
Living-Being, Songzhuang Art Gallery, Beijing, China (cat.)
Arte Buenos Aires, Galerie Mirta Demare, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
2011Une terrible beauté est née, La 11e Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
SCOPE Basel
, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, Switzerland
Art Amsterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
Drawing Now Suite, Paris, France
All about Drawing, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL
2010De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, NL
Texture Maps, NEST, The Hague, NL
Diepsel, Galerie 37 Spaarnestad, Haarlem, NL
Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Galerie Maurits vd Laar, Paris, France
2009Towing the Line, Drawing Space, White Box, New York, USA
Stressed Spaces, KW 14, Den Bosch, NL
Close Encounters, Blokhuispoort, Leeuwarden, NL
Allemaal Engelen, Museum het Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, NL
Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, France
2008Paradise Lost, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL
Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, France
2007Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
Under Control, Vrije Academie, The Hague, NL
Contour 2007, Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, NL
Comfort – Discomfort, Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch, NL
Art Amsterdam, Galerie Dubble B, Amsterdam, NL
2006Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, NL
2005Galerie Loerakker, Amsterdam, NL
Tekeningen zomer, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
Teekengenootschap Pictura, Dordrecht (with Hans de Wit), NL
Papier, schaar, steen, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL
2003Tekenen des tijds, Stichting KW 14, , Den Bosch, NL
KunstRAI, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
Tussen droom en daad, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL
Intravention, W 139 in Onze lieve heer op zolder, Amsterdam
Inclinations, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2002Motive Gallery, 4 x tekeningen, Haarlem, NL
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
4e salon van Utrechtse kunstenaars en vormgevers, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
2001Artis, Den Bosch, NL
Galerie Tegenbosch, Heusden aan de Maas, NL
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2000Zinnenprikkelend, CBK Provincie Utrecht, Amersfoort, NL
1999Kunstmanifestatie De dubbelkamer, Schiedam, NL
Galerie Outline, Stichting ZET, Amsterdam, NL
Kunst boven de bank, Archipel, Apeldoorn, NL
19983e Salon van Utrechtse Kunstenaars en vormgevers, Centraal Museum (Stadhuis), Utrecht, NL
1996Past transparencies, Nouvelles Images, The Hague , NL