Exchange continues after the exhibition

29 september 2016

The International contemporary art exhibition SONSBEEK '16 has ended, but the exchange initiated by the curatorial collective ruangrupa is getting a follow-up. SONSBEEK '16: transACTION was a bold and successful experiment for this Indonesian collective. In their proposal for the exhibition in Arnhem, ruangrupa did not begin with a “concept”, but rather with a theme and a method. Their whole approach focused on experimentation and exchange, a process where the outcome is unpredictable, and ...

Watch the SONSBEEK '16: transACTION after movie

29 september 2016

Credits: STUDIO HALFVOL


CAMP presents: 'If the Sea Could Talk' a fashion show by Dady de Maximo

16 augustus 2016

On Friday 26 August, CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics) from Copenhagen will present a refugee political fashion show by the Rwandan artist and designer, Dady de Maximo.

CAMP: If the Sea Could Talk
For SONSBEEK ’16, Dady de Maximo creates a 45 minute fashion show which illuminates that behind the dramatic headlines and choking pictures of human migration, published by the media, we find stories about individual courage and tragedy. If the Sea ...

The New York Times & KUNSTFORUM International

11 augustus 2016

The New York Times and the German KUNSTFORUM International both released an article about SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. 

Please click on the links below to read the articles. 

The New York times writes about SONSBEEK '16
All credits to the writer and to The New York Times

KUNSTFORUM International
All credits to KUNSTFORUM International, BD. 241 August 2016, Grossaustellungen, SONSBEEK'16: transACTION, by Susanne Boecker

“You don’t see this anywhere else”

01 augustus 2016

Every week, a SONSBEEK '16 artist talks with visitors to the exhibition about an artwork. This week, the work of the Javanese artists collective Cut and Rescue is the topic of conversation: narrative collages made from old magazines, books, and video recordings. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

Cut and Rescue is organizing various activities in the Arnhem neighbourhood of Malburgen, together with Motel Spatie. This is their way of getting acquainted with the ...

“This isn’t just covering a wall with spray-paint. This is art.”

29 juli 2016

Every week, a SONSBEEK '16 artist talks with visitors to the exhibition about an artwork. This week, the work of the Arnhem-based graffiti artist Naamloozz is the topic of conversation: it’s a life-size comic strip on the pillars of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

“Motorists waiting at the stoplight honk their horns and give me a thumbs-up. Pedestrians stop and shout, ‘Wow, what is this? Awesome!'“, Naamloozz explains ...

“The vibrancy is beautiful in itself”

22 juli 2016

Every week, a SONSBEEK '16 artist and visitors to the exhibition discuss an artwork together. This week, the work of Kevin van Braak is the topic of conversation: a woodworking shop and all kinds of objects made of the trees from Park Sonsbeek. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

Entire tree trunks go into Kevin's workshop, and beautiful woodworks come out. Jasper Nouws, for example, is making a controversial playground spring in the ...

Watch the video of the opening

15 juli 2016

The video of the opening of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION s live. 


“I think this mural is awesome. Totally awesome.”

14 juli 2016

Every week, a SONSBEEK '16 artist discusses a work of art with visitors to the exhibition. This week, the work of Nnamari is the topic of conversation: a gigantic, geometric mural in Park Coehoorn. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

In Café Stella by Starlight, which is the place to be for young and hip Arnhem, Nnamari sits at a small table by the window. This is where she starts her mornings, with tea ...

The Tour Guide: Nellie Mietes

07 juli 2016

During SONSBEEK '16: transACTION, there is a group of specially trained, experienced, and enthusiastic guides ready to give tours of Park Sonsbeek. They can tell you everything about the art of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. In the column “The Tour Guide”, a different guide tells their story every week. This week: Nellie Mietes.

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
That was a long newspaper article about Jan Hoet and Locus Focus, so I ...

The Tour Guide: Iris Maalderink

01 juli 2016

During SONSBEEK '16: transACTION, there is a group of specially trained, experienced, and enthusiastic guides ready to give tours of Park Sonsbeek. They can tell you everything about the art of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. In the column “The Tour Guide”, a different guide tells their story every week. This week: Iris Maalderink.

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
The first time I came into contact with a Sonsbeek exhibition was in 1986 ...

“This brightens up the gray walls”

01 juli 2016

Every week, SONSBEEK’16 artists and visitors discuss a work of art together. This week, the conversation is about the work of Fintan Magee: a giant mural on a building owned by the housing company Portaal. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

One of the buildings across from the Bartok Park is being demolished, while another building, owned by Portaal, is being restored. With art, that is. “Hello,” says a man with an Australian ...

“I don’t recognize it as cat playground, but I do as a work of art”

23 juni 2016

Every week, SONSBEEK’16 artists and visitors discuss a work of art together. This week, the conversation is about the work of Mark Salvatus: the “cat playground” in Coehoorn Park. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

Coehoorn Park, an intimate park that’s maintained by the neighbourhood’s residents themselves, is becoming more and more lively. There was already a vegetable garden, and recently the artist Nnamari painted its most striking wall. There’s ...

The Tour Guide: Walda Bosman

23 juni 2016

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
As a child, I visited the Kröller-Müller Museum. A museum with a sculpture garden: I liked that! I remember the blue trowel by Oldenburg, and while I was studying art history at the Radboud University in the 1990s, I learned that it came from the 1971 edition of Sonsbeek. This was the first time that there was a curator at the helm: Wim Beeren. After Mr. Beeren retired ...

New works in the city

21 juni 2016

For ruangrupa, the collective that curated SONSBEEK '16 transACTION, the working process is important, and so are the meetings and exchanges that it creates. That is why the artists will also be installing a number of new works during the exhibition, throughout the city of Arnhem. While the artists are at work, an interaction will be created between them, the city’s residents, and the location that is being transformed.

Shilpa Gupta, Fintan Magee, and ...

“This is a good place to philosophize”

21 juni 2016

Every week, SONSBEEK’16 artists and visitors discuss a work of art together. This week’s edition is about the work of Eko Prawoto: a distinctive structure made of bamboo that is located next to the Stadsvilla. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

The lawn in front of the Stadsvilla is perhaps the favourite place of Park Sonsbeek’s many visitors. When the weather is good, people of all ages gather here, with barbecues ...

“An everyday object takes on a deeper meaning”

17 juni 2016

Every week SONSBEEK'16 artists and visitors discuss a work of art together. This week’s edition is about the work of Louie Cordero: four colourful, unusually shaped ping-pong tables and a two-meter high head, with an overbite and protruding ears. Roving reporter Marijke van der Linde reports.

It’s quiet in Park Sonsbeek on this Monday afternoon full of spring rain showers. But tomorrow, Louie is flying back to Manila, and this is the ...

The Tour Guide: Teresa Alcaraz

15 juni 2016

During SONSBEEK '16: transACTION, there is a group of specially trained, experienced, and enthusiastic guides ready to give tours of Park Sonsbeek. They can tell you everything about the art of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. In the column “The Tour Guide”, a different guide tells their story every week. This week: Theresa Alcaraz.

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
I heard about the Sonsbeek exhibitions for the first time when I was doing ...

The Tour Guide: Youri Appelo

10 juni 2016

During SONSBEEK '16: transACTION, there is a group of specially trained, experienced, and enthusiastic guides ready to give tours of Park Sonsbeek. They can tell you everything about the art of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. In the column “The Tour Guide”, a different guide tells their story every week. This week: Youri Appelo.

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
Like many others, my first encounter with the Sonsbeek exhibitions took place in the ...

Public Opening SONSBEEK ’16: Japan meets Arnhem

04 juni 2016

Cinema Caravan from Japan is preparing the openings act of SONSBEEK’16. What can we expect? Space designer Kurando Shoji provides a sneak preview. 

What are you building in the park? 
“A handmade installation in which we play with light and shadows. Musicians will be playing behind washi, thin Japanese paper. Their silhouettes will fill the space. After sunset we project movies about Cinema Caravan, Japan and our collaboration with other countries like Indonesia on ...

King Willem-Alexander opens SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION

03 juni 2016

On Friday, June 3, the international contemporary art exhibition SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION was opened by King Willem-Alexander. The opening ceremony was centred around the artwork The Happy Camper, by artist Louie Cordero (from Manila). This work is a two-meter tall, three-dimensional head made of foam and fibreglass, which has deliberately been left unfinished. The head is missing its skin on one side, and the idea is that visitors to the exhibition will cover this ...

Timetable opening festival SONSBEEK ’16 announced

01 juni 2016

On Saturday June 4, SONSBEEK’16: transACTION will open with a festive program for the public. From 13.00 to 17.00 visitors can meet the artists, who are in front of their artwork in Park Sonsbeek in Arnhem. The program at the Ronde Weide in Park Sonsbeek starts from 17.00. 

Appearing on stage will be the Arnhem-based band John Frost and the Japanese singer & guitarist Naoito. There will also be music by ...

Public Opening SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION: June 4

24 mei 2016

On Saturday June 4, SONSBEEK’16: transACTION will open with a festive program for the public. From 13.00 to 17.00 visitors can meet the artists, who are in front of their artwork in Park Sonsbeek in Arnhem. The program at the Ronde Weide in Park Sonsbeek starts from 17.00. For this public opening festival, Cinema Caravan from Japan will come to Park Sonsbeek. This traveling contemporary art outdoor festival will provide the ...

The Tour Guide: Neelke Jacobs

23 mei 2016

During SONSBEEK '16: transACTION, there is a group of specially trained, experienced, and enthusiastic guides ready to give tours of Park Sonsbeek. They can tell you everything about the art of SONSBEEK '16: transACTION. In the column “The Tour Guide”, a different guide tells their story every week. This week: Neelke Jacobs.

What is your earliest memory of Sonsbeek?
“Man against the power”, from the Sonsbeek exhibition in 1952. Of course, I don ...

Open Call: your activity in Park Sonsbeek

11 mei 2016

Are you looking for a location where you can organize an activity, anywhere between June 4 and September 18? For example a birthday celebration, or a ping-pong tournament with your neighbours? Or do you want to perform with your band, or surprise your yoga class? Then let us know, because it’s all possible during the Open Call of SONSBEEK’16.

A bamboo pavilion, a party tent, a playground, a meditation space, ping-pong tables, and ...

Ruangrupa announces artist selection for Arnhem’s city centre

14 april 2016

SONSBEEK is returning to the scene of international contemporary arts with SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION. The main venues for the exhibition are the park, the museum and the city. SONSBEEK ’16 is compiled by curatorial collective ruangrupa (Jakarta, Indonesia), whose approach to art and social themes stems from a spatial and personal perspective. The selection of artists is characterised by an emphasis on the interaction between artists, the city, residents and audiences. These interactions create ...

Ruangrupa announces artists for Park and Museum

27 maart 2016

SONSBEEK is returning to the scene of international contemporary arts with SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION. The main venues for the exhibition are Park Sonsbeek, Museum Arnhem and the city of Arnhem. SONSBEEK ’16 is compiled by curatorial collective ruangrupa (Jakarta, Indonesia), whose approach to art and social themes stems from a social and personal perspective. The selection of artists is characterised by an emphasis on the interaction between artists, residents and audiences. These interactions create ...

SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION trailer

25 maart 2016

We are proud to present the trailer of SONSBEEK'16: transACTION. 


Nongkrong at ruru huis

25 maart 2016

Nongkrong is an Indonesian term that can best be described as chat - a conversation without a particular subject or purpose, without any specific plans or arrangements in view. Chatting openly without constraints creates space for new ideas, without the need to do anything specific with these. On Saturday, 5 March there was plenty of Nongkrong going on.

Thought Collider came along for a workshop tonic and to make Jamu with spices and plants from Park ...

The 11th edition of Sonsbeek is coming

24 februari 2016

SONSBEEK is back! The eleventh edition of the contemporary art exhibition will take place from 4 June to 18 September 2016 in Sonsbeek Park, Museum Arnhem, and in various other locations in the city of Arnhem. SONSBEEK ’16, entitled transACTION, is curated by the Indonesian collective ruangrupa, known for its innovative approaches that are rooted in fostering connections and relationships in urban settings. The participating artists, which include more than 40 leading names from 22 ...