Willem de Rooij (born 1969 in Beverwijk, NL) investigates the production, contextualization, and interpretation of images. His multifaceted practice includes photography, films, videos, sculpture, sound recordings, and writing. Appropriated materials, such as found images, objects borrowed from art historical or ethnographic collections, or works by other artists play an important role. De Rooij’s works take the form of installations or temporary groupings that reflect on the physical and contextual qualities of the space they occupy. Willem de Rooij has been Professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main since 2006. In 2015, he founded BPA // Berlin Program for Artists together with Angela Bulloch and Simon Denny, and since 2016 he is a Visiting Advisor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
This fall, KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents Whiteout—a selection of de Rooij’s production from the last twenty years. The exhibition connects recent work with seminal pieces made together with Jeroen de Rijke (1970–2006), with whom de Rooij collaborated from 1994 to 2006 under the name de Rijke/de Rooij.
Curator: Krist Gruijthuijsen
Assistant Curator: Maurin Dietrich
Artist: Willem de Rooij
Venue: KW, Berlin
Date: September 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Photography: Frank Sperling.
Text (press release) and images provided by the KW, Berlin.
© Willem de Rooij, KW, and Willem de Rooij.