The beautiful new publication Eerst zien dan geloven, designed by renowned designer -SYB-, will be presented today. This publication is to be distributed for free among the participants of the theatre project Eerst zien dan geloven of the National Theatre in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Special editions, consisting of three prints from the project, are available in the shop.
The special editions include a free publication.

The installation of “Eerst zien dan geloven” for NTjong and het Nationale Theater (the National Theatre, the Hague, the Netherlands)  was presented yesterday evening.
Dutch art blog wrote about it.

“Spectacular, a live installation by Johan Nieuwenhuize, site specific photo works with sound scape (…)”

Read their post here:

The exhibition OTANI NIEUWENHUIZE at Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp runs until Sunday March 19th. On this day we will have a public conversation about our project with collector Reyn van der Lugt.

Reyn van der Lugt started Architecture International Rotterdam (AIR) in the 1980’s and was director of the large art manifestation Rotterdam ’88 / De stad als podium. Among others he was co-director of the Rotterdam Art Foundation, cultural attaché in New York and director of the Groninger Museum. Van der Lugt is a passionate collector of contemporary international photography.

OTANI NIEUWENHUIZE talk with Reyn van der Lugt
Sunday March 19th at 3 PM
Ibasho gallery
Tolstraat 67, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

In the beginning of 2016 the Fries Museum acquired two works from the project Collected Memory.
Sky over Mediapark, Hilversum. May 6th, 2010 18:04 and Sky over Church Street, New York. September 11th, 2010 8:46 are now part of the permanent collection.
The works will be part of the exhibition Beladen Landschap: van Kiefer tot Ristelhueber, which starts February 3rd. In this exhibition 15 different artists show their vision on the ‘charged’ landscape. About locations which are etched in our collective memory, like Auschwitz, Lampedusa or Aleppo.
Works by Francis Alys, Armando, Ori Gersht, Hans Citroen, Hannah Collins, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, Marcel van Hoorn, Anselm Kiefer, Mathieu Knippenbergh, Raquel Maulwurf, M.I.A., Johan Nieuwenhuize, Olphaert de Otter, Karin Peulen and Sophie Ristelhueber.
Beladen Landschap: van Kiefer tot Ristelhueber
February 3rd till June 4th 2017
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

< Sky over Mediapark, Hilversum. May 6th, 2010 18:04
> Sky over Church Street, New York. September 11th, 2010 8:46

Photo 2010 / 2011 print 2016
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper mounted on Dibond
with protective uv spray coating in maple wooden frame
Frame 100,90×71,23 cm
Image 89,00 x 59,33 cm
Edition 3 + 2 a.p.

In november last year I made a photo of the sky over concert hall Bataclan in Paris for my ongoing project Collected Memory.
“Though never expressly negative in his outlook, Nieuwenhuize
has sought to reflect and interpret the crisis of identity brought
on by globalization. 
It is fitting perhaps that the task has, in part, fallen to a native
of the Netherlands. After all, there is perhaps no other place in
the West where the anxie ties and possibilities of modernity are
more explicit than in this most cosmopolitan of countries.”
Lorne Darnell
Excerpt from the work of Johan Nieuwenhuize, Lorne Darnell,  2013
Read the full text here

Sky over Boulevard Voltaire 50, Paris

November 13th, 2016, 21:49
Photo 2016
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper mounted on Dibond
with protective uv spray coating in maple wooden frame
Frame 100,90×71,23 cm
Image 89,00 x 59,33 cm
Edition 3 + 2 a.p.

Mondriaan Fund grants my application for a Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent (working grant proven talent). The next four years using this grant I will delve deeper into the relation between photography and the memory .

Two projects I am working on now are OTANI NIEUWENHUIZE with photographer Shinji Otani and Extended Memory with neuro psychologist Robin van Emden. Picture: Robin van Emden during a working visit in studio.

Ringland is an initiative for cleaner air in Antwerp. The Ringland project is a 6 billion euro investment which proposes a large-scale sustainable urban development focussing on a complete redesign of the highway system in the city of Antwerp. Extraordinarily, the research underlying this complex infrastructure project has been entirely organized by local citizens in bottom-up fashion. Detailed research studies, executed by external academics, are financed through crowdfunding and subsequently presented to the government. The Ringland project hence pioneers a new kind of societal interaction between citizens, scientists and policy makers.

This sunday the beneficial exhibition and auction  A City is not a Road takes place at auction house Bernaerts, Antwerpen.
100 International artists offered work for the project. From my project IMG_ two works will be auctioned. The exhibition is on display from May 19th until May 22nd.
More information here.

Curator Frits Gierstberg of Nederlands Fotomuseum and me walk through the exhibition Crime Scenes | Honderd jaar foto als bewijs for the VPRO radio programme Nooit meer slapen. We speak about photography as evidence, with the exhibition and my project Collected Memory as a starting point.

The interview by Jan Paul de Bondt to be found here (in Dutch, starting at 1:13:00) Foto: Frits Gierstberg


Artist Liesbeth Labeur sent me this photoseries of the opening of “Van Zeeuwse Bodem” at CBK Zeeland, Middelburg last Sunday. The exhibition is on display until January 22nd 2016.

“Vandaag opende in Middelburg de tentoonstelling ‘Van Zeeuwse bodem’, een
selectie uit 10 jaar Zeeuwse Lichting.
Een sympathiek initiatief van CBK Zeeland, want een leuk weerzien met
collega’s die de provincie verlieten en hun huidige werk”



3Maartje Korstanje and Thom Schaar (curator of the exhibition)


5Dennis Wisse (detail)

6Sjoerd Vroonland and Charlotte Apers

7Charlotte Apers (detail)

8Sjoerd Vroonland (r.)




IMG_ by Johan Nieuwenhuize

12IMG_ (detail) Johan Nieuwenhuize

13Maartje Korstanje and Johan Nieuwenhuize

14Special edition of het Zeeuws Tijdschrift functions as catalogue

15Gino Anthonisse

16Rens de Waal

17Rens de Waal

Last week I built up the exhibition at Tique art space. I made a selection from approximately 30 works. The show contains few older works, but mostly new ones I made especially for this exhibition. Get a preview below. (above: with curator / artist Welmer Keesmaat at Tique)

IMG_2366Unwrapping the work


The flyer left with previous work and the invitation right with new work from IMG_IMG_2358



Part of the new edit with few previous works and new ones  IMG_2368


Two special editions I made for this exhibition. New works from IMG_, c-print on aluminium, edition of 25, €250,00   IMG_2357

Here will be new site specific work of Karolien Chromiak

Today I met Karolien Chromiak in her Antwerp studio to speak about our upcoming exhibition in Tique art space. I will show brand new works from IMG_, she will show installation works using photography and moving image as her basic material.


In the meanwhile I am working on my own new works in my studio in The Hague. Some of these images were made earlier in Antwerp, Rotterdam and The Hague.




It is great to exchange ideas with fellow artists. Today artist Berndnaut Smilde visited my studio to speak about rainbows, cities and postcards. Among some other things.

IMG_9233 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_9234 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

After shows with IMG_ in The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Budapest and Glasgow my work will be shown in Belgium for the first time. September 10th a duo show with Karolien Chromiak will open at Tique art space. At the moment I am working on new works especially for this show. Here you can find a few sketches. It is not clear yet which ones will be added to the project, but some of them will definitively be part of it.

IMG_8370 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8343 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8326 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8325 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize


IMG_8323 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8319 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8318 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8316 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8309 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8267 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8268 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8274 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8293 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize IMG_8298 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8264 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8263 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8250 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8244 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8229 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8231 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8236 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8238 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8240 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8219 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8203 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize


Today curator Mayssa Fattouh visited my studio via Stroom Den Haag’s visitors programme. Mayssa Fattouh is a Doha based independent curator and co-founder of “Tandem Works”, a social practice initiative based in Beirut. She is the former artistic director and curator of the Katara Art Center, Qatar and program and curatorial manager at Al Riwaq Gallery in Bahrain.
We spoke about how memory plays a central role in my body of work and how this relates to what role the concept of memory plays in gulf states. It is interesting to get to hear about eastern ways of communicating stories. She spoke about how events, stories and memories are traditionally being passed on orally and how there is not a long history of written text. The hour was too short, I would have liked to hear much more on these topics.

_MG_3282 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

Via the Stroom Den Haag visitors programme curator Andrea Löbel visited my studio. She is the managing director of Kunsthalle Exnergasse (KEX), located in the WUK Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus in Vienna. It defines itself as an open platform and exhibition space for the presentation and realization of innovative, experimental contemporary art projects in varied formats and forms.
During our talk we discussed a new project I am working on. A talk about interaction of public with space, technical implications of the idea and ways of communicating about the concept. Soon I’ll tell more about the new project.


After almost four years of running Platform57 and it’s vibrant programma of art projects, I will be focussing exclusively on my own work again.

When I was working in a temporary studio space in the schoolbuilding of the former Zuiderpark HBS in 2011, I fell in love with the building. The building was being rebuilt to become what is now Zuid57. I spoke to Paul Cornelissen, the first director of Theater Dakota, about the mix of theater, film, cultural courses and studio spaces and wondered what place contemporary art took in this mix. He said “Why don’t you write a plan?” Ofcourse I didn’t oversee all the consequenses when I founded the Platform57 foundation, before I knew I worked on it almost full time. (Photo: Johan Nieuwenhuize taking one of the 1000 portraits for Escamp Inside Out in Stadsdeelkantoor Escamp, September 2014)



Photos from Escamp Inside Out on the side walk at the Escamp Festival, Leyweg, The Hague, September 2014

The first board was formed by Caroline Wiedenhof, Paul Cornelissen and Onno Ephraim. Annelies Kronenberg took the place of Caroline in 2014. This group of people showed confidence in our projects and where always available for advise.

Our first exhibition, Plane Scape, had 1700 visitors and also the following projects could count on lots of attention from the public and press. Even the BBC and Discovery Channel visited us when Berndnaut Smilde came to show his Nimbus in 2013.


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Plane Scape. Gym, Zuid57, January 2012
Installation with elastic band in darkened room, sound scape and projetion ©2009-2011 Wolfgang Bittner, Lyndsey Housden, Yoko Seyama, Jeroen Uyttendaele


Nimbus Platform57. ©2013 Berndnaut Smilde. Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Platform57 exists for more then three years now and we organised thirteen exhibitions, numerous artist talks, lectures and film evenings. In 2014 we organised our largest one of the most successful projects, the community art project Escamp Inside Out, with 1000 participants.

_MG_0135©2014 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

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Group action Escamp Inside Out with 84 members of the Carmen choir of Dario Fo
Zuid57, September 2014 ©2014 Platform57

_MG_0646©2014 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

Approximately 400 kids and teachers from primary school De Krullevaar participated in Escamp Inside Out

Platform57 also started Collectie Escamp. With this project we executed restorations of two art works in public space, from the post war era. Together with a group of inhabitants from Escamp we compiled a bike trip past fifteen works of art in Escamp and realised a publication. December 12th 2014 this wonderful book – designed by Welmer Keesmaat – including the bike trip – designed by Carrie Zwarts – will be presented. It also contains a text by Marieke Kuipers, professor Cultural Heritage, and interviews with artists Christa van Santen (1932) and Toby Paterson (1974).

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Cover Collectie Escamp – een introductie. ©2014 Platform57. Design KSMT visual design

I am very grateful to the current team of Platform57; Berit Piepgras, who worked on Platform57 with me from the very beginning, Jennefer Verbeek, Robin van Emden, Merel Volgers, Sandra Scholtes and Simone Noordermeer and everybody who made contributions to the team before; Beleke Bagchus, Anjulie van Romondt, Stefan Tuijt, Marije de Graaf, Hester van Kranendonk and Thomas Vroege.

I am also grateful to all financiers and sponsors for their trust in our projects; Gemeente Den Haag, Stroom Den Haag, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Bouwfonds Cultuurfonds, Fonds1818 and Stadsdeel Escamp. Hemubo, Bouwmaat Zichtenburg and especially De Resolutie Rijswijk for their wonderful print work for Escamp Inside Out. Partners Vestia and Theater Dakota generously gave us space to develop and show our projects. Also the many volunteers and others who were engaged contributed a very large part to Platform57.


IMG_4585©2013 Foto Johan Nieuwenhuize

Untitled installation for Platform57 on the square of Zuid57 ©2013 Krijn de Koning

I got the chance to collaborate with wonderful artist, without whom there wouldn’t have been a Platform57: Wolfgang Bittner, Lyndsey Housden, Yoko Seyama, Jeroen Uyttendaele, Hans van der Maas, Alette Wttewaall, TINKEBELL., Ibrahim R. Ineke, Niels Post, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Harold de Bree, Valerie van Leersum, Berndnaut Smilde, Maurice Bogaert, Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine, Mathijs Lieshout, Hans Wilschut, Zachary Formwalt, Gerard Holthuis, Krijn de Koning, Christian van der Kooij, Henk Augustijn, Nadine Stijns, JR (Inside Out project), Lidewij Kalfsterman, Noël Loozen, Sarah Carlier, Christa van Santen and Toby Paterson.

_MG_6229©2012 Foto Johan Nieuwenhuize

Hans Wilschut during the installation of his semi permanent work System as Second Skin. ©2013 Hans Wilschut

It has been a wonderful time and I couldn’t have done it without all these wonderful people. Platform57 will not continue, but part of the team will proceed with Collectie Escamp. The website will remain online, and the archive will stay availabe.

I will be focussing on developing new autonomous projects of my own and on executing assignments. See my sites (this site) and my new website for assignments:


Johan Nieuwenhuize, December 2nd 2014


Last April I was interviewed at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow by ‘the Skinny’ about what makes my art practice special for a buyer to engage in. Malcolm Dickson explains about his experiences at Street Level Photoworks, artists Alex Boyd and Alex Hamilton also explain about their practice, and art collector Eleanor Yule describes about her encounters with photography.

See it here:

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam assigned me to take family portraits during their family day yesterday. More then 80 families had their portrait taken through Hans Haacke’s work Condensation Cube. The idea of this family portrait was based on my ‘Self Portrait with Hans Haacke. Temporary Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam’.
Photo’s by Florentine van Waesberghe, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam



Today I was Eric Korsten’s guest in the program Kunstlicht, at local radio station Den Haag FM. We spoke about the new book, IMG_ and my exhibitions at Street Level Photoworks and Fotomuseum Den Haag.

A report about the IMG_ book presentation and exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow was published on An addition about the exhibition and book presentation at Fotomuseum Den Haag was added just now.