Willem de Rooij

Initials W.
Main position Beeldend kunstenaar
Member of Society of Arts

Willem de Rooij (born in 1969) is an influential artist, teacher, consultant and director all rolled into one. His work analyses the conventions of presentation and representation in meticulous detail, culminating in spatial installations in which he uses his own work, the work of others and art-historical objects to explore the tension between socio-political and autonomous image production. He is especially interested in transcultural exchanges. For example, in 2010 he contrasted a group of bird paintings by seventeenth-century Dutch painter Melchior d’Hondcoeter with a number of eighteenth-century Hawaiian feather masks in Intolerance, his installation in Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie.

His multifaceted work includes film, sculpture, installations and art books and can be found in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the MoMA in New York.

De Rooij studied art history at the University of Amsterdam and art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He won both the Charlotte Köhler Prize and the Bâloise Art Prize in 2000 and was a Robert Fulton Fellow at Harvard University in 2005. Along with Jeroen de Rijke, he represented the Netherlands at the 2005 Venice Biennale. He has taught at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since 2006.