DE WIT Marjolijn






 "Bricks, Bones, Cuts & Stones" - 2017

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Born and lives in Netherlands

Every decision is a form of destruction. Every choice makes another impossible. It’s a fascinating but disturbing aspect of urban planning; by choosing, a lot is not chosen.  Whether or not a road is built or a forest is planted is a matter of great consequence for the type of life that can be found in an area. 

From the start of her career, Marjolijn de Wit has been engaged in visualizing the complex relationship between man and nature. Or more specifically, the one-sided nature of this relationship: that man wants to have his way, make it to his image. The clash between nature and cultivation is one of De Wit’s most striking themes. In her earlier work a bringing together of incompatible elements evoked this clash: for example a group of aboriginals who come canoeing into an office space or a picnic in the forest where the food had been arranged with military precision. Televisions, arranged around the picnic cloth show images of nature, on one a dolphin breaks free through the screen.

 In the older work there was a great amount of tension between the stillness of an orderly painted plain and  .  That de Wit often used images of cages and rifles was notable in the sense that they are symbolic for ways man often tries to gain control over nature. In line with these are the later works involving genetic manipulation: humanity’s transcending accomplishment in it’s fight for control.

Marjolijn de Wit’s work still testifies a substantial engagement with society in which formerly named issues are pressed upon. Still there have been the necessary changes. De Wit’s work has never been based purely on humanity’s quest for control of nature. From the beginning, De Wit’s fascination has not only been for the moral side of compulsive cultivation, but also for the aesthetics. Instead of a thematic approach she now works at the idea through thought experiments: what would such a world look like?  De Wit looks for the interface of culture and nature, the intriguing no-man’s land that exists through the raffled edges of urban planning. At the same time she touches on the history of abstract art – Mondriaan, who liked to sit with his back to nature. This bears a lively new visual language. Still engaged, the work is more subtle and complex.  Also more unsettling; the images of a world between order and chaos, the remnants of the left over space between drawing table visions and organic growth; the uncultivated property between formative, imaginative capacity and the capricious, uncontrollable compulsion for life.



2015 - Pots are not people, Asya geisberg Gallery, NY , US

2014 - Sundaymorning@EKWC, Final presentation, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

- Pulse, Pulse PRIZE winner, NY, US

- Evidence of their existence, gallery Otto Zoo, Milan, IT

2013 - IMPULSE  New York, Gallerie Otto Zoo, Milaan US

- Re;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

- Sundaymorning@EKWC, Final presentation, ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL

2012 De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL

- Re;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

- Aphia Ziekenhuis, Breda, NL

2011 - Otto Zoo, Milaan, IT, ‘Abstract Gardening’ (publication)

- Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE, ‘May Rundgang’

2010 - Billy town, Den Haag, NL, ‘FIZZ’  (with Lotte Geeven)

2007 - Galerie Gist, Amsterdam, NL, 'This land is your land'

2006 - Noord Brabants museum, Den Bosch, NL

- Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, 'No ordinary land' (exh. cat.)

- Livingstone Gallery, De Haag, NL, Uncommon ground (exh. cat.)



2015 - GIC bienale, korea

2014 - De Nederlandse Bank / oba, I am not doing anything until i feel the need, Amsterdam, NL

- 10 jaar Wit, Galerie Wit, Wageningen, NL

- The daylightshow, Suns and stars exhibitions, Ton de Boer, Landgoed Zonnendaal, Hilversum, NL

- Start buying art, Westergas fabriek, Amsterdam, NL

- Fundbüro, Artists’ publications, Johan Deumens, Amsterdam

- Wit bij Witteveen, Amsterdam, NL

- Circa dit, Arnhem, NL

2013 - Fundbüro, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN'

- Fundbüro, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig, DE

- Fundbüro, Lubok, Leipzig, Berlijn, DE

2012 - Koninklijke Paleis, Koninklijke Prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst, Amsterdam, NL

- De Schouw, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Het Overschilderschilderij’

- Voormalig SM’s, s’Hertogenbosch, NL, ‘Point de Vue’

- NB gallery, Viborg DK

- Westpol, Leipzig, Close Range DE

2011 - Gartenhaus der Kunst, Munich, DE, ‘Die Spur’ DE

- Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, NL, ‘Munt met een missie’

2010 - New Dekota, WLA, Amsterdam, NL,

- Stichting Outline, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Challenging the myth of the painter

- Bar Babette Berlin, Berlijn, DE, ‘ artist-publication-exhibition’

- Galerie Tegenbosch van Vreden, Amsterdam, NL, ‘ Painting’

2009 - Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN', (exh. cat.)

2008 - Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL, 'Something and Something Else', (

- Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam en Gist Galerie, Brummen, NL, 'Een schim van gisteren'

- De Pont, Tilburg, NL, 'Brabant Nu: 11 jonge kunstenaars'

- Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN', (exh. cat.)

2007 - Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL, 'Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2007', (exh. cat.)

- One Twenty Gallery, Gent, BE, 'Aibophobia'

2006 - Godoy World Art, Madrid, ES, 'Mountain' (exh. Cat)

- Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL, 'Royal award for Painting’ 2006', (exh. cat.)

2005 - 'That Seventies Show', (exh. cat.); Eindhoven, Den Haag (NL), Berlin (DE), St. Jeure d'Andaure (FR)

2004 - Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam, NL, 'Royal award for Painting’ 2004', (exh. cat.)

- NBKS, Breda, NL, 'Twintigers'

- Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, 'Match', met NBKS, Breda, NL

- AYAC'S, Amsterdam, NL, 'Dubbelzien'

- NBKS, Breda, NL, 'Salon VII'

2003 - Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam, NL, 'Royal award for Painting 2003', (exh. cat.)

Artfairs (selection)

2014 offprint Paris 2014, Parijs (fr)2014 Unseen, Johan Deumens gallery, Amsterdam

Unseen, boekenbeurs, Johan deumens, westergas fabriek, amsterdam

Print art Fair, Frans Masereel centrum, Kasterlee, BE

2013 Art Basel Miami, Printed Matter new york, US

MACG Art Book Fair, Mexico City

artbookberlin 2013, Berlin

Pulse, Miami, Gallery Otto Zoo, Milan US

IMPULSE  New York, Gallerie Otto Zoo, Milaan, US

Art Rotterdam, Roterdam, NL

2012 Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam,  NL

Arte Fiera, Bologna, IT, (Galerie Otto Zoo, Milaan, IT)

2011 The Others, Turijn, IT, (Galerie Otto Zoo, Milaan, IT)


2008 Art Fair 21, Köln, DE, ( Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL)

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL, (One Twenty Gallery, Gent, BE)

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL, ( GIST, Amsterdam, NL)

2006 Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL, (Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag NL

KunstRAI, Amsterdam, NL, ( Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag, NL)

2005 Art Cologne, Köln, DE, (Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag, NL)

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL, (Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag, NL)




2014  - Sundaymorning@EKWC, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL (Mondriaan Fonds)

2013 - Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, BE

2012 - Sundaymorning@EKWC, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2011 - LIAp, Leipzig, DE, (Fonds BKVB)

2008-2009 - Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NL


2014 - Mondriaan fonds, Beurs praktijkverdieping, Amsterdam

2013 - AFK, developing stipend, Amsterdam

2012 - Van Bijleveltstichting, Amsterdam

2012 - Stichting Stokroos

2012 - Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Project stipend

2010 - Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Basis stipend

2009 - Mr. R.H. Defares

2008 - Mr. R.H. Defares 

2008 - Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam, NL, Jung Talent funding 

2005 - NBKS, Breda,NL 

2004 - Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, starter stipend 

2003 - NBKS, Breda,NL


2013 - PULSE prize, Pulse art fair, New York, (US)

2007 - Royal award for painting, (NL)



2015 Pots are not people

2013 Fundbüro, Marjolijn de Wit and Henriette Grahnert

2011 De kleine tripkau enceclopedy

2011 Z.T, Leipzig

2011 ‘Abstract gardening’

2009 How to get from A to B

2008 ‘Something and something else’, Océ, Venlo

2007 ‘Koninklijke prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst 2007’

2007 ‘Dreamland’, GIST Brummen en Kunstvereniging Diepenheim

2006’ Mountain’, Godoy World Art, Madrid, SP

2006 'Met Stip 2006', Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL

2006 'Uncommon ground', Livingstone Editions, Den haag, NL; Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL

2005 ‘That seventies show’, Livingstone Editions, Den Haag en Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven


2009 - now Teacher Kunstacademie AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch, NL

2009 Guest teacher HKU, Utrecht

2007 Guest teatcher HKU, Utrecht

2007De Pont, Tilburg, NL, 'Artist talk', NBKS


Caldic collection, NL
Altrecht ggz, NL
Rechtbank Haarlem, NL
Fontys Collectie, Tilburg, NL
Kunstcollectie Stichting Océ Kunstbezit, Venlo, NL
Achmea Kunstcollectie, Zeist, NL
Eneco Kunstcollectie, NL
AMC Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam, NL
Kunstcollectie LUMC, Leiden, NL
Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie Rabo vastgoedgroep
Private collections, (NL, DE, BE, FR)