vita

'hendrik kerstens did not train formally as an artist. however, he wished to devote himself to a more creative profession and in 1995, at the age of forty, he left the business world and took up photography. his wife anna worked full time to support this change of direction. in a reversal of more traditional roles, kerstens cared for their young daughter paula, while also studying photography during the day. having a child left a deep impression on kerstens. through photography, he explored the accompanying feelings of responsibility, vulnerability and love he felt towards his daughter, starting with documentary family snapshots.
as paula physically and psychologically grew, kerstens searched for an artistic manifestation of these changes, leading to his interpretations of the great dutch master painters of the 17th century with paula as his muse.'

excerpt from an essay by martin barnes, victoria and albert museum, london

hendrik kerstens, 1956, the hague, the netherlands
lives and works in amsterdam, the netherlands

collections

leiden university library – nl – special collections/prentenkabinet
santa barbara museum of art – usa
collezione arte di magda e carlo clerici – it
museum of photography – the hague – nl
rijksuniversiteit utrecht – utrecht – nl
zuiderzee museum – enkhuizen – nl
mopa museum of photographic art – san diego – usa
art collection erasmus university eur – rotterdam – nl
21c museum – louisville kentucky – usa
amsterdam museum – nl
pilara family foundation collection – san francisco – usa
the sir elton john photography collection – london – uk
the caldic collection / museum voorlinden – wassenaar – nl
the alexander mcqueen collection – london – uk
the sanders collection – amsterdam – nl

galleries

danziger gallery
new york
t 00 1 212 629 6778
info@danzigergallery.com
danzigergallery.com

jenkins johnson gallery
representation in west coast usa
san francisco
t 00 1 415 677 0770
sf@jenkinsjohnsongallery.com
jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

mark dean gallery
representation in latin america, middle east and australia
miami
t 00 1 800 791 0830
info@deanproject.com
deanproject.com

rademakers gallery
representation in the netherlands
amsterdam
t 00 31 20 622 5496
info@rademakersgallery.com
www.rademakersgallery.com

amstel gallery
(multiples)
t 00 1 323 362 3584 (usa)
t 00 31 20 691 7818 (europe)
www.amstelgallery.com
info@amstelgallery.com

awards

2013
11th annual lucie awards – winner of the best fashion layout of the year for “the modern master piece” by harpers’ bazaar us

2010
lead award silver medal – porträtfotografie des jahres for “paula, porträts meiner tochter, die nacht nr 5”

2010
'beste plakette des jahres' by the münchener plakatjury for the bayerische staatsoper - posters for don giovanni and lucrezia borghia

2008
winner of the taylor wessing photographic portrait prize of the national portrait gallery, london

2001
the panl award of the netherlands

various

2016
lecture – collectors' salon – mopa museum of photographic arts san diego usa
cover – the penguin book of dutch short stories
lecture – musée de penthes genève switzerland
cover – penguin classics – dutch short stories
lecture – university of leuven belgium – 'silent conversations'
cover – lyon people
interview – max joseph (bayerische staatsoper) – 'wass ist das mass in der kunst?'
cover – sf arts monthly - guide to san francisco arts – 'portraiture from around the world'
educaixa.com – interactive education with portraits – barcelona

2015
lecture – 'model and muse' at the mopa museum of photographic arts san diego usa
cover – new york cottages and gardens
film – 'le testament d'alexander mcqueen' – documentary by loïc prigent
lecture – kasteel duivenvoorde – nationaal portrettenweekend
artnet – 5 artists to watch

2014
opening edition hotel london – by marriott and ian schrager
tv – 'kunstuur' – re-opening of the mauritshuis in the hague
new york times magazine – portrait of tavi

2013
harpers' bazaar us – 'the modern masterpiece' with fashion editor joanna hillman
article – wall street journal – 'shadows of our former selves' by william meyers
cover – artnews – 'playing with vermeer'
article – next libération – 'le sac plastic c'est de l'art' by dominic poiret
l'oeil de la photographie – 'paula, ma fille ma muse'
tv – de gouden eeuw – the price of art – with jan six, johnny van haeften
flavorwire – '15 exciting contemporary photographers you need to watch'

2012
poster – cité de la musique – paris
cover image – 'about face' for pier 24 los angeles – an exhibition with richard avedon and diane arbus
poster – amsterdam museum – 'the golden century – breeding ground of our world'

2011
cover – art chronika – russia

2010
cover – the british journal of photography
lecture – leiden rijks universiteit – faculty of art
cover – london sunday times – spectrum

2009
posters – bayerische staatsoper for the performances of l'elisir d'amore, die tragödie des teufels, dialogues des carmélites, cenerentola, medea in corinto, don giovanni, lucrezia borghia and tosca
alexander mcqueen's show autumn 2009 'horn of plenty'

2008
cover – domus italy

2007
new york times magazine – first portrait assignment
american photo
le monde

2006
le figaro

2005
the guardian

publications

2016
the penguin book of dutch short stories ISBN 9780141395722

2015
essay 'american beauty' by author joost zwagerman published in 'de stilte van het licht' ISBN 9789029589888
salon 2015 – das magazin zu den salzburger festspielen ISBN 9783903069008

2013
paula – silent conversations ISBN 9781419710643
21st century portraits – a compendium of the national portrait gallery ISBN 9789029589888

2012
portrayal betrayal – photographic portraits from the permanent collection santa barbara museum of art ISBN 9780899511146

2011
dutch seen – new york rediscovered – published by the museum of the city of new york and foam amsterdam ISBN 9789490022037
the new york times magazine photographs – published by aperture ISBN 9781597111461

2010
paula ISBN 9789078964384

exhibitions

2016
melbourne – monash gallery of art – 'a narrative of light and shadow' – with erwin olaf [oct 20 – dec 4]
genk – hasselt – cultuurcentrum – TM trademarks [oct 1 - jan 8]
chicago – international exposition of contemporary and modern art [sept 22 – 25]
mannheim – reiss-engelhorn museum with kunsthistorisches museum wien – ‘barock, nur schöner schein’ [sep 11 – feb 17]
genève – musée des penthes – 'rembrandt à genève, quand les pays-bas rencontrent la suisse' [sep 3 – sep 25]
seattle – seattle art fair [aug 4 – aug 7]
london – photo london [may 19 – may 22]
san diego – museum of photographic arts mopa – 'the beauty and the beast' [may 18 – oct 9]
san francisco – gallery jenkins johnson – 'portraiture' [may 5 – july 9]
sydney – head on photo festival – [apr 29 – may 29]
brussels – art brussels [apr 20 – apr 23]
new york – aipad [apr 14 – apr 17]
sydney – custom house – 'a narrative of light and shadow' – with erwin olaf [mar 17 – may 29]
karlsruhe – art karlsruhe [feb 18 – feb 23]

2015
san diego – mopa museum of photography – 'model and muse'
duivenvoorde – castle duivenvoorde – national portrait weekend
bergen aan zee – museum kranenborgh – 'silence out loud' – curator author joost zwagerman
amsterdam – rademakers gallery – solo
auckland – whangarei art museum – 'a narrative of light and shadow' – with erwin olaf
london – photo london
new york – danziger gallery – wonderful lies
boston – barbara krakow gallery
amsterdam – kunstrai
miami – pulse
san francisco – fog design & art fair
amsterdam – pan
kuwait – sultan gallery – 'still' – with robert polidori

2014
toronto – mocco museum of contemporary canadian art – 'identity: material self – performing the other within'
amsterdam – continental amstel hotel – 'special portraits'
paris – paris photo
ijsselstein – ijsselstein museum – 'ongekend kant'
miami – pulse
san jose – san jose museum of art – 'post-portrait'
wellington – 30upstairs – 'dutchdayz'

2013
beijing – art beijing
miami – pulse
moscow – the moscow art fair
the hague – gemeentemuseum – 'photo as figure'
paris – paris photo la
amsterdam – amsterdam museum – 'the amsterdam art station'
nijmegen – museum het valkhof – 'extended photography
new york – danziger gallery – summer selections
nizhny novgorod – national centre for contemporary arts – 'paula'
moscow – central house of artists – 'paula'
boston – barbara krakow gallery
amsterdam – pan
new york – aipad
los angeles – paris photo at the paramount picture studios
st petersburg – errata museum – 'paula'
kansas city – kansas city art institute
new york – danziger gallery – solo
oberhausen – ludwig galerie schloss oberhausen 'hair! das haar in der kunst'

2012
new york – museum of the city of new york – 'dutch art now'
miami – pulse
san francisco – pier 24 – 'about face'
paris – paris photo
amsterdam – amsterdam museum – 'golden century – the birthplace of our world'
brussels – foto fever
london – embassy of the netherlands – 'reconnaissance – dutch collectors'
new york – aipad
the hague – gemeentemuseum – 'miniature museum'
dresden – das deutsche hygiene museum – 'auf leben und tod - das ganze leben – das mensch in malerei und fotografie'
santa barbara museum of art – 'portrait photography in the age of instagram'

2011
san francisco – pier 24 – the fisher collectio
paris – paris photo
miami – pulse in the ice palace studios

2010
cologne – wallraf-richartz museum – teutloff collection – 'auf leben und tod – do or die'
santa fe – charlotte jackson fine art – 'self and family ... a recent look'
the hague – museum of photography – 'fotografie! special collection of the university of leiden'
new york – national arts club – 15 gramercy park – 'dutch art now'

2009
new york – museum of the city of new york – 'dutch seen, new york rediscovered' – with foam amsterdam
los angeles – la art fair
london – london international art fair
enkhuizen – zuiderzee museum – 'gejaagd door de wind' 'gone with the wind'

2008
london – national portrait gallery
kansas city – byron cohen gallery
berlin – white square gallery – 'reminiscence'
buenos aires – arteba
louisville – 21c museum

2007
basel – scope
new york – diva
brescia – expo 07 arte
bogota – artbo
brussels – art brussels
puerto rico – san juan – 'circa'

2006
new york – scope
paris – paris photo
rotterdam – art rotterdam – 'family view'
berlin – berliner liste
amsterdam – art amsterdam
rotterdam – eur erasmus university – 'nieuw'
london – michael hoppen gallery – 'eleven contemporaries'

miami – scope

2005
the hague – gemeentemuseum
london – photo london
amsterdam – pan
rotterdam – art rotterdam
naarden – vintage photo – 'paula pictures'

2003
naarden – fotofestival naarden
amsterdam – foam in the vondelpark

contact

studio@hendrikkerstens.com

management – idi boudewijn
t 00 31 6 547 804 08

for owners of works by hendrik kerstens –
enquiries are welcome

for buyers of works by hendrik kerstens –
every work has an edition number
each print includes a certificate of authenticity with a fingerprint