Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers (1966) is known for his installations in which he confronts the artificial, man-made world with nature. For instance, he made fungi grow from furniture and sank chairs down into the river Oosterschelde until they were overgrown with mussels. In the work Drum Kit  (2004) he coupled up a hundred empty oil drums and placed them in the sea. The tangle of oil drums thus became an instrument played on by the sea, producing muffled, banging sounds. At the same time it showed the enormous power of the sea: after seven weeks the drums had been dented and rusted almost beyond recognition.

It is not Zeger Reyers’s aim to pass moral judgement on e.g. the harmful influence of man on the environment. In his installations he makes the marvels and strength of nature visible in an intensified way; at the same time the visitor becomes strongly aware of the vulnerability of the man-made environment. Characteristic is Zeger Reyers’s intelligent and resourceful use of material, taking you by surprise and making you aware of the relativity of our certainties. He surprises the visitor and forces him to think, to reassess, while at the same time giving him the possibility to look at things once again with an open mind.

A good example is his installation Aqua Boogie I (2004), for which he had the basement of the GEM (Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague) flooded and set out black leather carps in the water. Also well-known are his works with MOSA porcelain which he first used in Good Intentions (1999): a long table overloaded with porcelain plates, cups and saucers, which was shown on the 8th Biennale of Havana in 2003.

This work is followed up by Hard Water (2004), where the porcelain plates are piled up like a cascade from floor to ceiling. In 2007 Zeger Reyers received the Ouborg Award for his oeuvre.

His famous Rotating Kitchen was commissioned for the exhibition Eating the Universe, dedicated to food in art, taking Daniel Spoerri’s table pieces (Tableaux- pièges) as a starting point. It consists of a life size fully equipped kitchen in which a cook first prepares food, after leaving the kitchen it slowly starts rotating around its own axis thus tossing and turning all the pots, pans and food in it. The work was premiered at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2009 and was on show at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart till January 9th 2010. A video was made from the premiere in Düsseldorf, titled Rotating Kitchen issued in an edition of 7.

In 2011 Zeger Reyers built the installation Pavillion at the Renaat Braempavillion located in the park of sculpture museum Middelheim in Antwerp, Belgium. In the pavillion with its typical organic and flowing forms Zeger Reyers constructed a sloping floor which was covered with earth containing spores of mushrooms. After a some days the mushrooms started growing as white beads on a pitch black background.

In 2013 Zeger Reyers produced the work A Glance Through the Shades for the exhibition Yes Naturally at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Here for the first time he used hallucinogenic mushrooms that grew on blinds in front of a window. Later that year he presented a turntable prepared with oyster mushrooms in the exhition Flowers and Mushrooms at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg.

Recently Zeger Reyers experimented with ceramics during a work period at the European Ceramic Work Centre at Oirschot, The Netherlands. Here he produced almost surreal sculptures of hybrid monkeys containing ceramic mushrooms, that were purchased for the ceramics collection of Museum Het Princessehof/Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch.

1966born in Voorburg , The Netherlands


1990 – 1995Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002Workshop, Europees Keramisch Werk Centrum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2010Pavillion, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
2008In Context, Bacinol, Delft, NL
2007Ouborg Prijs, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL
2006AMC Kunststichting, Amsterdam, NL
2004Aqua-Boogie, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, NL
Hard water, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2000Prince of Leeuwarden, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, NL
1998Satellite Program, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Kerst Show, Stroom hcbk, The Hague, NL
1997Na-blijven (Saying After Hours) Kunst-Ruimte, Kampen, NL
1995Jerusalemkapel, Kunstcentrum Burgvliet, Gouda, NL

group exhibitions

2017Disruption, Remapping Nature, LustWarande, Tilburg, NL
2016Track & Trace I, II, 25 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
The Way Things Go, About Cause and Effect,
Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, NL
Expedition Land Art,
Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, NL
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
2015Amsterdam Art Fair, BEELD, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NL
The Faltering Man, curator Katja Vercouteren, Arti Et Amacitiae, Amsterdam, NL
SWITCH, APT gallery, London, UK
The Politics and Pleasures of Food, ACC, Weimar, Germany

Distance to Zero, Garage Rotterdam, NL
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL

2013Flowers and Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
The Politics and Pleasures of Food, HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany
Yes Naturally, GEM, The Hague, NL
Human Nature, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2012SCOPE Miami, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Miami, Florida USA
Contemporary Istanbul 2012, Galerie Maurits vd Laar, Istanbul, Turkey
SCOPE Basel,
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, Switzerland
Living – Being, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing, China
press conference DOCUMENTA 13, food performance, Kassel, Germany
2011Twenty, 20 years Galerie Maurits vd Laar, The Hague, NL
Membra Disjecta, (with Lee Ranaldo) hommage to John Cage, Vienna, Austria
Sojourn, castle d’Aspremont-Lynden, Oud Rekem, Belgium
SCOPE Basel, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, Switzerland
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
2010Daire hosts Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Galeri Daire Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey
Contemporary Istanbul 2010, Galerie Maurits vd Laar, Istanbul, Turkey
Licht Feld 10, Basel, Switzerland
Eat Art,
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
SCOPE Basel,
Basel, Switzerland
Appetite for Destruction, NEST, The Hague, NL
Eating the Universe, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
One on One, Dum Umeni, Brno, Czech Republic
2009Eating the Universe, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
2008Contemporary Istanbul, Galerie Maurits vd Laar, Istanbul, Turkey
2007Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Equador
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
Paul Thek, in the context of today’s contemporary art, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, (with Martina Florians), The Hague, NL
2006Room with a View, Jubileumtentoonstelling, Bouwfonds collectie, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, (September), The Hague, NL
Airconditioning, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
1st Shift, 15 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2005Stand van zaken, stroom hcbk, The Hague, NL
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, NL
2004Vloedmerk, Sculpture Project on the Beach at Heemskerk, NL
Toekenning 018, Fonds bkvb, Amsterdam, NL
Define yourself, Deventer (with Pietertje van Splunter), NL
2003Flora en Fauna, Quartair, The Hague, NL
Ottavo (8th) Biënnale de Havana, Havana, Cuba
2004The Crystal World, Outline, Amsterdam, NL
Galerie 54, Göteborg, Sweden
2001WSSNOHTE, galeri F15, Moss, Norway
Losing my mind once again, Begane Grond, Utrecht, NL
Eendemanden, Spoorsingel Rotterdam, NL
Onder-tussen II, Hortus Conclusus, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
Galerie 68-elf, Cologne, Germany
Een huis voor de gemeenschap
, Oud-Beyerland, NL
Manual, Five years gallery, Londen, UK
The collector in the Studio II, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2000Changing rooms, Archipel, Apeldoorn, NL
Partie 8, Int. kunstforum Drewen, Germany
Jubilee exhibition 10 years. Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL
1999Uitgelicht, KunstRAI, Amsterdam, NL
New years resolution, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Kamerschatten, in 11 houses, KW 14, Den Bosch, NL
1998Die Höllandische Welle, Galerie Lutz Fiebich, Berlin, Germany
1997Uitgelicht 2, KunstRAI, Amsterdam, NL
Some kind of home-coming, Collective gallery, Edinburgh
Summer show, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
1996Onder-tussen, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
Licht in het hoofd, Art-Is, Den-Bosch, NL
1995Donck, Villa Alckmaer, CBK, Rotterdam, NL