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Willem de Rooij

Dutch, b. 1969

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Willem de Rooij

Dutch, b. 1969

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In his sculptures, films, and installations, Willem de Rooij investigates the idea of “non-referential art,” developing strategies to bypass external references. For example, in Intolerance (2010), he installed 17th-century Dutch paintings of birds with 18th-century Hawaiian ceremonial objects, creating art from already existing work instead of merely referencing it. Since 2007, he has produced abstract weavings that generate meaning through material: Woven linen panels gradually shift from silver to gold, or shiny to matte black. De Rooij is also known for his conceptual film collaborations with Jeroen de Rijke (1970-2006).

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KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

In his sculptures, films, and installations, Willem de Rooij investigates the idea of “non-referential art,” developing strategies to bypass external references. For example, in Intolerance (2010), he installed 17th-century Dutch paintings of birds with 18th-century Hawaiian ceremonial objects, creating art from already existing work instead of merely referencing it. Since 2007, he has produced abstract weavings that generate meaning through material: Woven linen panels gradually shift from silver to gold, or shiny to matte black. De Rooij is also known for his conceptual film collaborations with Jeroen de Rijke (1970-2006).

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more