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Finding your way around RijksakademieOPEN


One short weekend or maybe only a segment of a day. Being a visitor of RijksakademieOPEN, experiencing and processing all the works is always a big task. Friday was the day where people from the art world, artists and former residents were invited to visit the studios. A good moment to see how these professionals approach the open studios and how they cope with the almost overwhelming amount of works.

Where some of the visitors only take a brief moment to look through the catalogue before following the route, most of the visitors seem way more structured than that.

“Because I had to limit my visit to three hours today I feel like zapping through the building,” one of the visitors admits apologizing. “Besides that hand full of artists I came to see, I sadly only have a couple of minutes per studio, something I regret already.”  

Another approach is dividing the weekend. The strategy of an older couple I talked to today was structured on a whole different level. They decided to focus on Friday only on paintings and performances, and plan to return during the weekend to see the rest.

“Just go, meander around and immerse yourself. The quality this year is so high I can only advise you to take as much time as possible”, must be the best advise I got today. Luckily I’m able to do so. The overall recommendation seems to be, come prepared - take your time and minimize time to network. And if that’s not possible, just come by the whole weekend.


Text FW, images JP


A two weeks workshop in Cairo, May 14-28, 2012. A collaboration between Townhouse Gallery Cairo and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Amsterdam


Marc Oosting, Ayman Ramadan and Helen Stuhr-Rommereim

Artists RA

Elin Austbø, Eric Giraudet de Boudemange, Shiu Jin, Pawel Kruk, Marc Oosting and Muzi Quawson

Artists Cairo

Taha Belal, Ahmed Nagy, Ahmed El Shaer, Ahmed El Sayed (Roby), Ahmed Kamel and Mai Hamdy

Workshop advisors

Sarah Rifky (curator, based in Cairo en London)

Narcisse Tordoir (kunstenaar, advisors Rijksakademie)

Made possible by: 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Den Haag; Royal Norwegian Embassy, Cairo; British Institute, Cairo; Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Cairo; Institut Français, Cairo.