New exhibitions: paper art, endless stories and Italian futurism

When summer turns to late summer, one great new exhibition opens after another. Nouveau’s culture editors selected a few highlights for the coming weeks!

Paper Biennale

The Paper Biennale 2022.Transition is an international exhibition with 20 artists of contemporary visual art, where paper plays the main role. At the same time, emphasis is placed on the visual and content quality of the works.

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The theme for this edition is Transition. We live in a time of change. There is talk of a paradigm shift. Resistance in society is increasing, and it is certainly not only related to corona. Change is in the air, but we don’t know which way it will go yet.

Museum Rijswijk, until 13 November 2022


Especially for her first solo exhibition, Yasmina Ajbilou creates new designs in the form of contemporary colorfully decorated kaftans.

Ajbilou thus reflects on the traditions and techniques she knows from her Moroccan background: ‘In this exhibition I weave personal stories into my designs. This is how I tell about my background, my upbringing, about who I am now. Everything is gathered in a triptych of silhouettes that you can wander between.’

Centraal Museum Utrecht until 27 November 2022

Endless stories

Who is that woman? We see her from the side or from behind, her face is not visible. She stands in a strange environment and seems trapped in an image that immediately raises questions. Jenny Ymker’s exhibition Endless stories brings the semi-darkness of the Wiebenga silo on Noordkade in Veghel to life, with works that do not easily escape the viewer.

The basis of Ymker’s work consists of photos, which she processes into woven tapestries, light boxes and, more recently, film loops. She stages her performances as a director. She herself plays the main role in her work. A woman with a briefcase or handbag. With her back to the viewer, she draws you as a viewer along to let you get lost in her landscapes. Ymker shows how people can survive in a world full of questions with the power of imagination.

De Compagnie in Veghel, until 9 October 2022

Beyond nature

In the exhibition ‘Beyond Nature’, artists go one step further than simply depicting nature. Artist Hans van Horck (pictured) celebrates his 70th birthday with a new series of works inspired by flowers. His 160 x 160 cm paintings are impressive explosions of color and form on the border between abstract and figurative.

Karen Birnholz, Anita Duijf, Wil Jansen, Mieke Sampers and Hedwig Smulders also follow untrodden paths with nature as their starting point. ‘Beyond Nature’ goes outside the box without deviating from the theme. In addition to paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations are shown.

Flower Art Museum Aalsmeer, until November 6, 2022

Italian Futurism

On Sunday 25 September, the Rijksmuseum Twenthe will open no less than three exhibitions on Italian Futurism. With Marinetti and Futurism: Manifesto for a New World, the museum traces the artistic development of one of the most influential art movements of the last century, Italian Futurism, through its charismatic leader Filippo Marinetti. At the same time, the exhibition Homo Symbioticus by Atte Jongstra and The Setting of Violence by Rein Jelle Terpstra opens.

Rijksmuseum Twente


In the cheerful exhibition Colour! discover the collection of the Groninger Museum. What does color do to you? How do we use color? These questions form the basis of the exhibition in an original way.

From time immemorial, man has given color to his body, clothing or objects. This gives colors meaning and makes them of symbolic or strategic value. For example, in the Netherlands we associate orange with the royal family. It symbolizes national unity, which is clearly visible when the streets turn orange during an EC or WC. In the exhibition, the orange of the liberation skirt from 1945 sparkles and in the artwork of Australian Aboriginal artist Lucy Napanangka Yukenbarri.

Surprising combinations are created in the exhibition. The portrait of Gerrit Sichterman, painted by Cornelis Troost, hangs in the red room. It shows that the Groningen nobility liked to be portrayed in elegant red cloaks. But red is also the color of love and desire in Cornélie Tollens’ photo. In the work of Chinese artist Chi Peng, red is inextricably linked to Chinese culture, where it symbolizes happiness and prosperity. At the same time, as a national color, it refers to an oppressive political regime.

In the colorful Groninger Museum, each room provides an explanation of a color’s meaning and background. How is it made? What effect does it have on your mood? Can you manipulate it? There are endless shades of color, but the exhibition follows the colors of the rainbow, starting with yellow. Then you go through green, red, pink, orange and blue. The non-colors, black and white, are also discussed. The black and white art uses the absence of color for the greatest contrast available. All in all, you will experience a unique explosion of color in the exhibition due to the great variety in styles and materials used. From now on, you will look differently at colors and what they do to you.

Groninger Museum until 8 January 2023

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