Tue – Sat
11 – 18

Feiko Beckers

Feiko Beckers is a philosopher, and banality is his specialty. In his performances and films he zooms in on everyday phenomena and transplants them into a theatrical setting. His utterly unflappable style recalls the likes of Buster Keaton and Bill Murray, and he stretches out his subject matter until it vanishes into the absurd. Attempts to slip on a banana peel descend into a repetitive failure to have an accident; youthful recollections metamorphose into revenge against his parents; walking in circles and squares towards an old flame becomes a geometric treatment for heartbreak.

Feiko Beckers

Applesauce
Installation view

Feiko Beckers

A Conversation Is a Risk to Lose Your Own Opinion
12’32” / Variable dimensions, HD Video, cardboard, paint and wood
2015

Feiko Beckers

A Disappointment You Can Rely On
70 x 200 cm
Metal and wood
2017

Feiko Beckers

A Variable Aphorism
Glazed texts on ceramics
70 x 200 cm
2018

Feiko Beckers

Maintenant
9’56”, HD Video, Fabrics, wood, metal and foam
240 x 140 x 12 cm
2017

Feiko Beckers

Maintenant
9’56”, HD Video, fabric, wood, metal and foam
240 x 140 x 12 cm
2017

Feiko Beckers

Repairing the White Tile with the Red Wedge
Glazed texts on ceramics
40 x 50 cm each
2017

Born 1983 in Witmarsum, NL
Lives and works in Brussel, BE

 

Education

2010–2011

  • Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2002–2006

  • Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL

2005

  • Californian College of the Arts, San Francisco, US

 

Residencies

2016

  • Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL

2016

  • Tembe Art Studio, Moengo, SU

2012–2013

  • Le Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

  • Bearable | Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

2017

  • You might actually learn something | Tenderpixel, London, UK
  • The Understanding of Nonsense | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE

2015

  • Where everything is safe and sound | Gallery Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL
  • A conversation is a risk to lose your own opinion | Le CAP, Lyon, FR

2013

  • Liste18 | Basel, CH (with Gallery Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL)
  • Slow and Gradual | Meet Factory, Prague, CZ

2012

  • The arranging of books by color | deServiceGarage, Amsterdam, NL

2011

  • Making a birthday cake with my mother | Gallery Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL

2007

  • Painkillers for Redheads/the Artist and other works | Hedah, Maastricht, NL

 

Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2018

  • Jumping the Shark | Het Resort, Groningen, NL
  • ALMENDE |The Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag, Kunsthuis SYB, NL
  • Doing Things With Words | Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
  • Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL

2017

  • Het Zalige Nietsdoen | Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL
  • The Principle of Least Effort | Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL
  • Digifest 4 | Durban, ZA
  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks | Billytown, Den Haag, NL
  • To Cover And Decorate | Feeelings, Brussel, BE
  • A Space Called Home | De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL
  • Rumors of Glory | basis, Frankfurt, DE

2016

  • The Inevitable Others | Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL
  • Game People Play | NEST, Den Haag, NL
  • Cairotronica | Cairo, EG
  • Welkom Thuis | Villa Zebra, Rotterdam, NL

2015

  • Paradocs | IDFA, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
  • Tenderflix | Tenderpixel/ICA, London, UK
  • Kasseler Dokfest | Kassel, DE
  • Athens Digital Arts Festival | Athens, GR
  • Didn’t Know It But Knew It All Along | Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
  • Liste20 | Basel, CH (with Gallery Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL)

2014

  • Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances | Tenderpixel, London, UK
  • Layers: Die Arbeit | WORM, Rotterdam, NL
  • Soft Machines | IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, NL
  • An elaborate set of keys | Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL
  • Supermarket 2014 | Stockholm, SE (with NEST, Den Haag, NL)

2013

  • IDFA 2013 | Amsterdam, NL
  • Narcissistic Tendencies | NEST, Den Haag, NL
  • Apathy is not my friend | Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, AU
  • Nouvelle Vague | Palais de Tokyo, FR
  • Destiny: The B’s | Galerie Anne Barrault, FR
  • 2013 Biennale d’art contemporain d’Anglet | Anglet, FR
  • Edible Glass | Western Front, Vancouver, CA

2012

  • I Fail Good | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE
  • 5×3 | Kunstraum, Dusseldorf, DE
  • In Search Of… | Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL
  • Not in a Million Years | Gallery Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL
  • TJCC Festival | Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Parijs, FR
  • A Dutch Landscape | La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES

2011

  • RijksakademieOpen 2011 | Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
  • Mijn vriend en ik | 21Rozendaal, Enschede, NL
  • Abstraction Surface Air | Bureau des Videos, Paris, FR
  • New Video Kids | White Trash Contemporary, Hamburg, DE

2010

  • VideoProsjkekter | Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NO
  • RijksakademieOpen 2010 | Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
  • Deja-Vu | De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL

2009

  • CAS Zuidas Urban Screen Festival | CAS Zuidas, Amsterdam, NL
  • Long Distance Call | Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn, NL
  • Hendrik de Vries Stipendium | Galerie Pictura, Groningen, NL

2008

  • Kunstvlaai 2008 | Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
  • SO3P/DISplay | NP3, Groningen, NL         
  • NP3’s Grande Biennale Concours Neerlandais| Kunsteyssen, Alkmaar, NL

2007

  • The Consciousness of the Human Being… | Galerie Zoete Broodjes, Amsterdam, NL
  • Act of Faith | Noorderlicht/Stichting Circuit, Eenum, NL
  • Nieuwe Uitleenschatten | Der Aa-kerk, Groningen, NL

2006

  • Media Art Festival Friesland | Museum Smallingerland, Drachten, NL
  • Sex and Sadness | Platform Garanti Center for Contemporary Art, Istanbul, TR
  • Exploding Television | Witte de With/Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, NL

2005

  • Videoskoop | Galerie Sign, Groningen, NL
  • Feiko ≠ Josine, Josine ≠ Feiko (in collaboration with Josine Siderius) | Medium Gallery, Groningen, NL
  • Skin | Galerie het Langhuis, Zwolle, NL

 

Performances

2019

  • When I do what I like to do most | Het Resort, Groningen, NL

2018

  • When I do what I like to do most | Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem, BE
  • When I do what I like to do most | Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
  • You might actually learn something | 6th International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, RU
  • You might actually learn something | Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
  • A disappointment you can rely on | Manifesta, Amsterdam, NL
  • When I do what I like to do most | Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam, NL

2017

  • A disappointment you can rely on | Billytown, Den Haag, NL
  • A disappointment you can rely on | A Rose is Rose is a Rose, Amsterdam, NL
  • Deadpan and Disco | basis, Frankfurt, DE
  • Deadpan and Disco | The Grey Space in the Middle, Den Haag, NL
  • A disappointment you can rely on | Performatiek | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE
  • A disappointment you can rely on | Living in Dreams | De Bond, Brugge, BE

2016

  • Take Up Your Space | Kai10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, DE

2015

  • Lundi a Pavillon | Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FE
  • Deadpan and Disco | Marres, Maastricht, NL
  • Being surprised is admitting you were wrong | Land Art Live, Zeewolde, NL
  • Tomorrow Never Knows | Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
  • Friendly Takeover | PACT Zollverein, Essen, DE
  • Didn’t Know But Knew It All Along | Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
  • 50 Hours | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE

2014

  • The exact opposite of the exact opposite | Tenderpixel, London UK
  • Deadpan and Disco | LiveWorks, Centrale Fies, Dro, IT

2013

  • No cause for celebration | De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL
  • Educating Artists? | GNYP Art/KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
  • Cinq saynètes pour deux | Glassbox, Paris, FR
  • Liste18, Basel, CH (with Galerie Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam)
  • Accident with red car | Art13, London, UK (with Yeo Workshop, Singapore, MY)

2012

  • Accident with red car | Kunstraum, Dusseldorf, DE
  • An evening with Feiko Beckers | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE
  • No chance of success whatsoever | Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE
  • A story about my fathers heart attack… | STUK, Leuven, BE
  • Advantages and disadvantages | Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
  • Deus ex Machina | De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
  • No chance of success whatsoever | Theater Frascati, Amsterdam, NL

2011

  • Three Options | Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
  • Making sense of my horoscope | Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL
  • A story about my fathers heart attack… | Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2010

  • Cracker #01 International Performance Festival | Self Service Open Art Space, Stuttgart, DE

2008

  • International Prize for Performance | Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trient, IT

 

Awards and Grants

2019

  • Scholarship Established Artist, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam, NL

2017

  • Grant International Presentations, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

2014

  • Scholarship Established Artist, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

2012

  • Artist Project Grant, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
  • Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts, Amsterdam, NL

2011

  • dr. Hendrik Muller Vaderlandsch Fonds, Den Haag, NL

2010

  • dr. Hendrik Muller Vaderlandsch Fonds, Den Haag, NL

2008

  • Scholarship Emerging Artist, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam, NL
  • International Prize for Performance, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trient, IT               
  • nominated for Klaas Dijkstra Fonds, Groningen, NL
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