In 2015 I started to collaborate with Shinji Otani. As artist duo OTANI NIEUWENHUIZE we are now working on a new project, ORANDA LOCI.
This Sunday we will travel to Ukiha, Japan, to work on it for a month. During our working period we focus on the visible influence the Dutch have had on the cultural landscape of Japan.

For the occasion photographer Koos Breukel made two great portraits of our artist duo.

The new project is generously supported by Ukiha City, Panasonic LUMIX, Mondriaan Fund, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo and The Shareholders.

Video report of the artist talk about the permanent installation work The Bubble. Curator, writer and researcher Jelle Bouwhuis talks with artist Johan Nieuwenhuize.
The talk took place on November 1st, 2018, 16:00 at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Camerawork and editing by Christitan van der Kooy.

For the full screen version click here.

Johan Nieuwenhuize – The Bubble
Door Jelle Bouwhuis


“Technologische ontwikkelingen en de impact ervan op de samenleving worden een steeds belangrijker element in mijn werk.

Johan Nieuwenhuize – The Bubble

By Jelle Bouwhuis

“Technological developments and their impact on society are becoming an increasingly important element of my work. How filter bubbles make our online world smaller contrasts sharply with the uninhibited positive ideas about freedom and democracy from the early days of the Internet.”

Although the work has been installed now, there is still some programming and tweaking to do. Mwee Design has done a perfect job installing the work and Robin van Emden is still working on the algorithmic part of it.


We have been working hard for over half a year. Photographing, programming, researching, testing. Now the work is almost finished and tomorrow the algorithmic work The Bubble will be installed. It is very exciting to see how it is going to work in the building of The Hague University of Applied Schiences.

If you want to join our research, please go to

The new installation work Eerst zien dan geloven was a success. The evening opening on Thursday June 8th was sold out, as well as the theatre play on Saturday. Sunday was a busy day too, with family, friends and curators visiting.

Three special editions available were issued. Each special edition consists of a set of three images from the installation, made in the chruch, temple and synagogue. They come with a free copy of the publication, designed by -SYB-. The editions are available here.

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.

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.

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.




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

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IMG_8325 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize


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IMG_8250 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

IMG_8244 ©2015 Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize

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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