Karin van Dam

Karin van Dam (1959) is known for her installations composed with materials such as buffers for boats, ropes and insulating casing. At one time she even used entire pre fab polyester ponds which she hung in the medieval hall of the centre for contemporary arts De Vleeshal in Middelburg, The Netherlands. She sees her installations as spatial drawings, that the viewer is able to walk through, as it were.

The three dimensional works are prepared in pencil drawings on a small format in which she often also integrates objects like rubber plugs, rope or wooden sticks. Urban structures, both above and below ground level, are a recurring theme in her work. To her the city is a living organism that continually develops and expands. Karin van Dam works highly intuitively, using a combination of materials that, together, develop into a new, coherent system.


1959born in Veldhoven, The Netherlands


1982 – 1987Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2017To dwell in pitch black pearls, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Canada
Tipping Point 1, Cacoafabriek Helmond (with Robbie Cornelissen), NL
2015Vloedlagen in de Zeereep, Sint Lievensmonstertoren, Zierikzee, The Netherlands
2014Galerie Maurits van de Laar, (with Ed Pien), The Hague, The Netherlands
2013Suspended Gravity, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
2012Born in a Balloon, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (cat.), The Hague. NL
2010Verende Stad, Tokyo, 38 CC creative laboratory, Delft, The Netherlands
2008Bumping Tumble, Intervention #5, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Drawings, Wetering galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007Galerie Maurits van de Laar, (with Paul Kooiker), The Hague, The Netherlands
Chinese Red , under construction, Bureau Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
2006Mops and Insence, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam,; The Netherlands
2005Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, with Juriaan Molenaar, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Van Doesburg – Van Dam, Centraal Museum, Utrecht , The Netherlands
2003Model voor uitspansel 2, Het Torentje, Almelo , The Netherlands
2002Cry out for joy, you lower parts of the earth!, Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands
2001Pieces of Land, Art-Centre Diepenheim, The Netherlands
2000Collapsible city system and rising coils, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
1997Stripping shapes and rising black dust, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
1996Passing Through, Art-Centre Hooghuis, Arnhem, The Netherlands


2018Big Art, groupshow at Bijlmerbajes, Amsterdam, NL
Project space BcmA, (with Isabel Kerkermeier), Berlin, Germany
De Line Up, groupshow curated by Robbie Cornelissen, Centraal Museum Utrecht, NL
The Path of The Caterpillar,
duo show with Ed Pien, Galerie Maurits vd Laar, The Hague NL
Summersnow, Beelden op de Berg, Belmonte Arboretum Wageningen, NL
groupshow Galerie Wit, Wageningen, NL
Drawing Now Paris, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Paris, France
2017Fringes of Beauty, Textilemuseum Tilburg, NL
Highlights from the Collection, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL
Liquid Mountain, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL
Black, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen NL
6 for 6, Loods 6 KNSM eiland, Amsterdam, NL
2016Thomas Rentmeister, Zhou Tao and Karin van Dam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, NL
2015Rhizomes & Hybrids, Park platform for visual arts, Tilburg, NL
Paper trails, paper tales, Phytorio, Nicosia, Cyprus
Anything but homeless, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL
2014In/Outsource, AMNUA museum, Nanjing, China
2013Kanaalwerken, Gemeente Museum, Helmond, The Netherlands
RAW China. RAWArtFair, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Space Drawing (with Heidi Linck) KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
2012Living & Being/生物.生态’, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing, China
Facade, Middelburg, The Netherlands
2011All About Drawing, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (cat.), The Netherlands
MJCTV, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands
2010Come Back, RUHR.2010, Künstlerhaus Dortmund (cat.), Germany
Put on paper, Centraal Museum (cat.), Utrecht, The Netherlands
2009International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama, Japan,
Towing the line, Drawing Space White Box, New York, USA
Bumping Tumble (film), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Kunst4Kids, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Zwervende Tentoonstelling in Maak ons Land, NAI, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2008Aslijnen op kopstukken, (met Maria Roosen, Henri Jacobs en Reinoud van Vught), DEPREZ fabriek, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2006CEAC, Xiamen, China
Textielmuseum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2005Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, cat. , The Netherlands
2004Cadance Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2003York Quay Centre, Toronto, Canada
Tekenen des Tijds, KW14, Den Bosch, cat.
De Utrechtse Salon, Het Centraal Museum, Utrecht, cat.
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag
2002Femmes d’Images, Institut Neérlandais dans la Maison Europeènne de la Photografie, Parijs (France)
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
Mount Ego, W139, Amsterdam, cat., The Netherlands
21 tegen de muur, Arti en Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999Paris – Berlin – New York – Kitakyushu, The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts and Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contacts, Centre de contemporain d’art, cat., Amiens, France
Love to Show with U, Art-centre Artis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Panorama 2000, Het Centraal Museum, Utrecht, cat., The Netherlands
1998Cité des Arts, Paris, France
1997Ruimte Teken, Stichting Zet, Art-Centre Veemvloer, Amsterdam, cat., The Netherlands
Floating Parts, Art-Centre Begane Grond, The Netherlands


2018Teylers Museum Haarlem
2007Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
2006Akzo Nobel
UMC Utrecht
2003Centraal Museum Utrecht
2002Drawing collection of Province Utrecht
1994Local government Utrecht


2008Kunstbeeld 10, Machteld Leij
2007Dagblad De Pers, Floor van Dijk
2005NRC Handelsblad, Machteld Leij
Rotterdams Dagblad, Tjeerd Agema
Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Thea Fig&#233
2004Locatie U, Interview Sjarel-Ex – Karin van Dam, BAK ism MEERtv
2003NRC Handelsblad, Sandra Smallenburg
Lucas x, Patricia Pulles–
2002Utrechts Nieuwsblad by Peter ter Veer
Haagse Courant
Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Thea Figao
2001Apeldoornse Courant by Jinke Hesterman about the exhibition in Diepenheim
2000De Stem by Ben van den Aarssen, about the exhibition in de Vleeshal
1999Brabants Dagblad, 14-9
L’Expres (France)
Parool, Rogier Schumacher, 10-11
Telegraaf, Paola van der Velde
NRC, Nathalie Faber, 30-10
Volkskrant (with photo maquette Tour Saint Jacques), 14-10
catalogue Centre de contemporian d’art by Adriaan Himmelreich, Amiens
catalogue Panorama 2000, Gabrielle Nederend, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Brabants dagblad, 14-9, Mark van de Voort. (exhibitions Artis)
NPS tv in Het uur van de Wolf
Utrechts Nieuwsblad by Thea Figao, 4-6 (panorama 2000)
NRC, Hans den Hartog Jager 4-6 (panorama 2000)
Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 25-3
‘buitenlandse ateliers’, NPS
1997Op atelier bezoek bij Karin van Dam, Wouter Prins, Origine nr 6
Dortmund dagblad, 9-10
1998‘Art in America’ by Riet van der Linden
1996Lucas x by Riet van der Linden