Constant Companion

Constant Companion, Minne Kersten
Residency: 1 March – 22 April 2021
Exhibition: 23 April – 29 May 2021
Art History School: 7 May, with Matisse Huiskens (online publication)
Online finissage: 28 May, with Maria Barnas (more info follows soon)

HMK is currently closed. We will keep engaging you with Minne Kersten’s project ‘Constant Companion’ through our website and social media. For a professional studio visit, people are invited to make an appointment by sending an email to Minne, minne.kersten@gmail.com.

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Art History School; Verstrooide Vrienden


an interactive art history lecture by Matisse Huiskens, responding to Minne Kersten’s exhibition Constant Companion (in Dutch)
7 May, 17:00, via HMK’s Instagram Live
–> online publication on Youtube

After months away from our friends, in isolation, after numerous attempts to distract ourselves in private, not all of us long for a way to escape? Can we find solace in art, while our loved ones are also distracted (or otherwise absent)?

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Inside Archive

Rik Dijkhuizen
permanent installation: 29 April – 16 May 2021
online revealing: 1 June – 5 June 2021

A place where we keep safe what we cherish deeply and value most. A place of caring, of memory and thought, around which we commune, learn and talk – or in which we hide and spend time alone, to find solace in soothing seclusion.

With Inside Archive, artist and HMK alumnus Rik Dijkhuizen places a monumental yet understated yellow cube on the mezzanine of HMK’s minty green reception area, which explores practices of care within the context of spatial design, archiving, and mental wellbeing. The permanent installation double-functions as a public archive and private hide-out and reflects on the idea of the archive as a living body that needs continuous caring, and living bodies as archives that need caring sanctuaries to withdraw to in times of (personal) peril.

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Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry

Priscila Fernandes
Residency dates: 1 June – 11 July, 2020
Open for public: 11 June – 11 July, 2020
Cinema: Priscila Fernandes, Portrait of an Artist

After almost three months of being closed to the public, Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK] re-opened its doors for the public with Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry by artist Priscila Fernandes. With this residency we invited visitors to witness the creation of an impressive new work in Fernandes’ Labour Series, an ongoing reflection on the dichotomy between work and leisure. In times of an almost complete collapse of the boundaries between work private life, socialising and time to enjoy, Fernandes’ project offers a possibility to reflect on the connections between work, our bodies and the systems that connect them.

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process: Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry

Priscila Fernandes
Residency dates: 1 June – 11 July, 2020
Open for public: 11 June – 11 July, 2020
Cinema: Priscila Fernandes, Portrait of an Artist

With Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry by artist Priscila Fernandes we invited visitors to witness the creation of an impressive new work in Fernandes’ Labour Series, an ongoing reflection on the dichotomy between work and leisure. A photo report.

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13 Februari: Instant Choir

Thursday, 13 February, 7:30-9:15 pm
Admittance: €10,- per session, €27,- for 3 sessions
(Free admittance if you follow lessons at Muziekschool Boedijn or if you’re voluntering at HMK)
Please rsvp by sending an email to ciska.ruitenberg@gmail.com

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kevin hunt, beweme


BEWEME is an open source, unlimited edition, single colour Risograph print that tessellates into a ‘wallpaper’. Designed to be a backdrop, installed within the social areas of public institutions; interior spaces people gather, work and interact.
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public event: solid care


A one-day conversation on art spaces and residencies as spaces of care
Wednesday 30 October, 14.30-19.30 h.
rsvp to office@hotelmariakapel.nl

The newly appointed Editorial Committee of Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK], Maja Bekan and Miriam Wistreich, in collaboration with Griet Menschaert, cordially invite you to join us for the launch of the research programme Slow Burn at HMK.

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Tender Loving Care – Kevin Hunt & Harriet Rose Morley

For the period September-October 2019, artists Kevin Hunt and Harriet Rose Morley have been invited to redevelop the reception rooms of HMK. Together they will investigate how the spaces are currently being used, where the specific needs of the users and the public lie, and come up with inventive solutions to turn HMK into a pleasant, welcome place again. This ‘update’ does not proceed according to a predetermined plan but must be understood as an ongoing dialogue between artist, space and the organization. At the end of October the first results will be shown at HMK.

HMK has launched a crowdfunding campaign for this project. Donate now via voordekunst.nl, receive nice rewards and help us to realize this project.

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Tender Loving Care – Self-care in self-build

Thursday 19 September HMK organised a DIY furniture test workshop together with one of the current artists in residence, Harriet Morley. The HMK team and the participants of the De Appel Curatorial Programme were invited to work together on building a chair, solely using wooden sticks, a saw, a hammer and some nails.

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Tender Loving Care for HMK

Crowdfunding campaign: 31 aug – 6 okt 2019
voordekunst.nl

HMK needs your help to perform some much needed maintenance to the entrance, bar, shop and office. With your donation to the crowdfunding campaign we can turn the building back into a pleasant, welcome place for artists, employees and visitors.

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