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Tanja Smeets - Artist
Tanja Smeets is a visual artist who lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She holds a degree in fine art from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Her work has been showcased in numerous museums and galleries, including the Henan Museum (Zhengzhou, China), TextielMuseum (Tilburg, Netherlands), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, Netherlands), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), The Gyonggi International Ceramics Biennale, Icheon (South Korea) and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA).
In 2017-2018 she particpates in the CAP program of museum Vizcaya In Miami, and develops a new installation for the museum space. Smeets has participated in a number of residencies in the Netherlands, China and South Korea. She has work in the permanent collections of the Henan Museum (China), the TextielMuseum, Centraal Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and various commissions which include installations for the KF Hein foundation, DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), Enexis, DSM and the AkzoNobel Art Foundation.

In her installations, Tanja Smeets explores organic growth processes in public spaces as well as in museum galleries. Installations that dialogue intimately with the architectural surroundings. She is interested in the tension between the unexpected presence, the autonomous growth and the scale, density and the seemingly fragility of the work in relation to its surroundings. Smeets often uses materials from daily life, humble materials such as soup spoons, clay, sieves, and bath mats.
"I pay attention to colour, structure, shape, but most importantly, the capability of an object to transform and lose its 'identity' when used in large groups and different sizes."

In 'Domestic Strangers', exhibited at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, large organic structures that seemed to be the result of a natural growth process infiltrated the space, suggesting that they have always been there, interwoven with the main characteristics of the architecture.

On the old stone wall of the staircase of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, she combined lasercut felt material, embroidery and grey colored leaf catchers. A soft, grey skin with coloured yarns drips from the stone wall. The density of the work is different on each level, new glimpses of the work seduce the visitor to go deeper and deeper into the tower. The work seems to grow on its own and permeates the stone tower to grow on the outside in a metal version. The tension that arises between this matter-of-fact presence on the one hand and the imminent danger of a growing organism on the other plays an important role in her work.


1987-1991:  Fine Art, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem (NL)
1984-1987:  Tehatex, Nijmegen (NL)

EXHIBITIONS - solo (selection)
2016:  Liquid Garden, Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), permanent installation
2014:  Domestic Strangers, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
2009:  HOME LAND, Contemporary Dutch Art @ Historic Sites/5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, New York, USA

EXHIBITIONS - group (selection)
2018:  Jardin Liquide, Salon '18, Rietveldpaviljoen, Museum Zonnehof, Amersfoort (NL)
2018:  Liquid Garden, Stevenskerk, Nijmegen (NL)
2018:  The Porous Tree, Zomersneeuw/Beelden op de Berg, curator Flos Wildschut, Belmonte Arboretum Wageningen (NL)
2017-2018:  Liquid Garden, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Overload, Miami, USA
2017:  Arte Concordia, Rotterdam (NL), curator Karin Arink
2017:  Waves, IJsselbiënnale, Zwolle (NL)
2017:  The Cold Cold Ground, Landgoed Anningahof Zwolle (NL)
2017:  Liquid Garden 2, Kunststof 2017, Stadsmuseum Woerden (NL), with Christie van der Haak, Mae Engelgeer a.o.
2016-2017:  White Landscape, Central China International Ceramics Biennale, Museum Henan, Zhengzhou, China
2016-2017:  Nebula and the Soft Machine, Fringes of Beauty, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL)
2015:  Between the Walls, SALON/Paris, D'Days, Rue des Rosiers, Paris (France)
2014:  Aqua Art Miami, Industry Gallery, USA
2014:  Le musée perméable, Biënnale Gelderland, Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen (NL)
2014:  Salon Dantel, Istanbul, Turkey
2014:  Mimicry, Landgoed Anningahof Zwolle (NL)
2014:  Untitled, Ongekend kant, MIJ Museum IJsselstein (NL)
2013:  Mimicry, Autour du Jardin, Caen (France)
2012:  Untitled, Het Gebouw, Museum Oud Amelisweerd (MOA), Utrecht (NL)
2012:  Kunst4Kids, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
2011:  Untitled, International CeraMIX Competition and Biennale, South Korea
2010:  Dead or Alive, Journey Continued, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, USA
2010:  Unbridled, Museum Gouda (NL)
2009:  Villa Zebra, Rotterdam (NL)
2007:  Nostheide-Eycke Gallery Niederlandisches 3-D, Nettetal, Germany
2006:  Untitled, WOEKER, Art Center VHDG, Leeuwarden (NL)

2018:  Dutch Government Buildings Agency, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL)
2017:  KVL Oisterwijk, Bouwfonds/EKWC (NL), Sketchproposal
2017:  Citycenter Zeist (NL), Sketchproposal
2017:  Enexis, Zwolle (NL), From Beneath/Tower Garden
2016:  Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), TU Eindhoven (NL), Around the Sun
2015:  International Criminal Court (ICC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague (NL), Sketchproposal
2015:  KF Heinfonds, Utrecht (NL), From Far Down
2015:  Broederschool en Vrije School, de Molenberg, Heerlen (NL), Sketchproposal
2014-2015:  City Council Deventer (NL) and ProRail, Growing Fence
2012-2013:  Schiedam (NL), Barrier Reef
2012:  Ministry of Finance, The Hague (NL), Sketchproposal
2012:  City Council Apeldoorn (NL), Spoon Sculptures
2010:  City Council Heemskerk (NL), Chain Reaction
2010:  City Council Barendrecht (NL), Don't Leave me this way
2009:  CBK Utrecht and City Council Woerden (NL), Untitled, Facade Stones
2008:  DSM Art Collection, headoffice Heerlen (NL), Untitled
2008:  SKOR, Homeshaker, Hans Berger Clinic, Oosterhout (NL)
2003:  Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), Untitled
2002:  Dutch Government Buildings Agency, Youth Prison De Doggershoek, Den Helder (NL)

2017:  Museum Henan, Zhengzhou, China
2017:  Enexis, Zwolle (NL)
2016:  Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL)
2016:  DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), TU/e, TU Eindhoven (NL)
2015:  TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL)
2015:  KFHein Foundation, Utrecht (NL)
2015:  DSM Art Collection, Heerlen (NL)
2013:  Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
2013:  AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL)
2010:  TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL)

2016:  Central China International Ceramics Biennale, Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China
2014:  European Ceramic Workcenter (EKWC), 's Hertogenbosch (NL)
2012:  European Ceramic Workcenter (EKWC), 's Hertogenbosch (NL)
2011:  Workperiod International Ceramics Biennale, South Korea (September - October 2011)
2010:  European Ceramic Workcenter (EKWC), 's Hertogenbosch (NL) (November 2010 - March 2011)

2013 Boellaardprice, for 5 Utrecht based artists:
Robbie Cornelissen, Frank Halmans, Ienke Kastelein, Couzijn van Leeuwen, Tanja Smeets
See UtrechtDownUnder

2017:  Fringes of Beauty, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), text Suzan Rüsseler
2017:  Contact Earth, First Central China International Ceramics Biennale, Zhengzhou
2013:  Tanja Smeets Domestic Strangers, text Els Hoek
2011:  Gyonggi International Ceramics Biennale, South Korea
2010:  Dead or Alive, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, USA
2010:  SKOR, Art Projects in Care Institutions

RADIO, TV, YouTube, ARTtube
2016:  Nebula and the Soft Machine, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL)
2016:  Liquid Garden, Tanja Smeets, ARTtube, by Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), 30 mei 2016
2014:  EKWC: kleien op het hoogste niveau, VPRO, Nooit Meer Slapen, 18 juli 2014
2014:  Filmportret 13 Tanja Smeets, Biënnale Gelderland, YouTube, 28 oktober 2014
2013:  Tanja Smeets in De Avonden, VPRO, De Avonden, 17 april 2013
2013:  Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Boijmans TV 2013, aflevering 6: Wildgroei

2017:  Rijswijk Textiel Biënnale 2017, Rijswijk (NL)
2015:  20x20, LUX Nijmegen (NL)
2015:  20x20, Kunstenlab Deventer (NL)
2011:  'Invade space', Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam (NL), Master Design and Architecture

2017:  KABK the Hague (NL), Textile and Fashion Department, Textile Design Graduation Year
2017:  MIR Project, Board
2010/2011/2012/2013:  Guestteacher Sint Lucas Institute for the Arts, Gent Belgium
2010/2011/2012/2013:  Member Jury Masters Textile, Sint Lucas Institute for the Arts, Gent Belgium
Guestteacher, HKU, Utrecht (NL)
Guestteacher, Vrije Akademie, Den Haag (NL)
2008-2013:  Member of the Art Committee Nieuwegein, Developing Art Commissions for the New City Center


c o l o f o n

De website van Tanja Smeets is ontworpen en gerealiseerd door Marinia Verbeek,
met dank aan Otto Schrofer, Bennie Vaasen en Ronald Vendelmans

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Tanja Smeets, Els Hoek (tekst 'about')

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