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Raquel Maulwurf

Raquel Maulwurf
born 1975 in Madrid, Spain
lives and works in Amsterdam


While Maulwurf’s previous work dealt with the remnants and destruction of war, her new work captures our world’s chaos when hit by the forces of nature and ecological disasters; exploring the notion of whether nature is striking back at us for polluting its oceans, poisoning its air, burning down forests and turning the ground we walk on into radioactive wasteland.

Making something evocative and beautiful from horrific events, these images, both destructive and monumental, are manipulated in such a way that only the essence of the event remains. The drawings no longer show what we see, but that which we know, making current events tangible, posing the question of why mankind is so eager to destroy.

Drawing on thicker board allows the artist to brutalize the surface with sharp objects; depicting violence through violence by scratching, the artist is materializing destruction in both subject and process.

2014 Artist-in-residence Livingstone Projects, Berlin, Germany
2011 Artist-in-residence ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA
2007-2013 The Drawing Center's Viewing Program, New York, USA
2005 Artist-in-residence São Paulo, Brazil
1993-1997 HKA Art Academy Arnhem, The Netherlands

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (a selection)

2017 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag ‘The Carbon War Room’
2016 C&K Galerie, Berlin, Germany ‘Inside Outside’ (double solo with Jan Wattjes)
2016 Livingstone Gallery, The Hague 'Dark days - Bright nights'
2015 Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam (Livingstone Gallery)
2015 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA 'duo presentation with Arnulf Rainer' (Livingstone Gallery)
2014 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA ‘Colliding galaxies’ (Livingstone Gallery)
2013 Galerie Sebastian Brandl, Cologne, Germany 'Dark Nature'
2013 Livingstone Gallery, The Hague 'Scratching the surface'
2012 Galerie Schoots + Van Duyse, Antwerp, Belgium 'The Wake'
2012 De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam ‘Night & Day’ (double solo with Renie Spoelstra)
2012 VOLTA Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA (Frederieke Taylor Gallery)
2011 Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam 'New York New Work'
2011 Galerie Sebastian Brandl, Cologne, Germany ‘Going Nuclear’ (double solo with Birgit Verwer)
2010 Livingstone gallery, The Hague 'Dark Matter - Black Light’
2010 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven 'FALL-OUT'
2009 Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, USA ‘Drawings from the Other Side’
2008 Galleria SIX, Lissone Milan, Italy ‘Solitude of Paper’
2007 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 'Drawn to destruction'
2007 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven ‘The New York - drawings’
2006 Galleria Studio Sei, Milan, Italy


2017 Fries Museum, Leeuwarden ‘Burdened landscape’ with Francis Alÿs, Anselm Kiefer, Armando a.o.
2016 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 'Het ABC van de Collectie'
2016 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA (Livingstone Gallery)
2016 Art Rotterdam (Livingstone Gallery)
2015 Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede ‘Danger & Beauty - Turner and the tradition of the sublime’
2015 Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle ‘Danger & Beauty - Turner and the tradition of the sublime’
2015 Dordrechts Museum 'Nieuwe Gezichten op Dordrecht'
2015 Stedelijk Museum Zwolle 'Strijd! Oorlog en overleven in beeld'
2015 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo 'On War and Peace'
2015 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 'Kunst uit huis: Collectie Wilploo'
2014 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn 'Sounds of Silence'
2014 Museum Arnhem 'Realms of Memory' with Anne Wenzel, Dieuwke Spaans
2014 Arti et Amicitiae ‘Haperende Mens’ with Francis Alÿs, Zoro Feigl, Zeger Reyers a.o.
2014 Museum De Hallen, Haarlem 'SKY! in Dutch art since 1850'
2014 Teylers Museum, Haarlem 'Presentation acquisitions'
2014 Musée Historique • Château de Nyon, Switzerland 'Des hommes et la forêt'
2013 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 'Miniatuur Museum @ the Wonderkamers'
2013 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo 'Nieuw, nieuwer, nieuwst (2)'
2013 Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam 'WIT' curated by Anne van der Zwaag
2013 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn 'BLACK' curated by Werner van den Belt
2013 Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem 'Black & White'
2012 Art Miami CONTEXT, Miami, USA (Frederieke Taylor Gallery)
2012 Testbed1, London, UK ‘Reconnaisance’ curated by Ken Pratt
2012 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo ‘Uit de verzameling – Landschappen’
2012 Stedelijk Museum Zwolle 'Stil Even'
2012 IKOB Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen, Belgium ‘Collection van Bommel van Dam Venlo’
2012 Teylers Museum, Haarlem 'Met andere ogen. Drawings from the Marieke & Pieter Sanders Collection'
2012 Galerie LUMC, Leiden ‘Uit de schaduw’
2011 Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle 'Meer licht' curated by Hans den Hartog Jager
2011 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam ‘All About Drawing’
2011 Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam ‘Apopcalypse Now. Works from the Collection Hugo & Carla Brown’ curated by Ken Pratt
2011 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA (Livingstone Gallery)
2011 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo ‘Met andere ogen - Een feestelijke terugblik op veertig jaar verzamelen’
2010 Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen 'Beroerd landschap'
2010 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo ‘Aanwinsten uit de Collectie Knecht-Drenth Venlo’
2010 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn ‘Holland Paper Biennial’
2010 Museum Het Schielandshuis, Rotterdam ‘Van stad tot puin’
2010 Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, USA ‘10th Anniversary Invitational Part II’
2010 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA (Livingstone Gallery)
2010 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 'Collection presentation art after 1945'
2009 Historical Museum Arnhem in the context of the Arnhem Fashion Biennial
2009 Kunstvereniging Drawing Centre Diepenheim ‘In dit uitzicht’ curated by Arno Kramer
2008 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 'Verloren Paradijs. Monumentaal tekenen' with Robbie Cornelissen, Erik Odijk, Sandro Setola, Renie Spoelstra, Aji V.N., Hans de Wit
2008 Tweede Kamer gebouw, Eerste Commissiekamer, The Hague ‘Te Gast’ with Sylvie Zijlmans, Paulien Oltheten, Esther Tielemans, Frank van der Salm, Jurriaan Molenaar, curated by Evelyn Beer, Instituut Collectie Nederland
2008 Art Cologne, Germany (Galerie Willy Schoots)
2007 Arte Fiera Art First, Bologna, Italy (Galleria SIX)
2006 Museo del Sannio Rocca dei Rettori, Benevento, Italy 'Premio Mario Razzano'
2005 Art Rotterdam 'That Seventies Show' (Livingstone Gallery & Galerie Willy Schoots) with Sander van Deurzen, Aaron van Erp, Melle, Lisette Verkerk, Marjolijn de Wit

COLLECTIONS (a selection)

* Prefectural Art Museum Nagasaki, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Teylers Museum Haarlem, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Museum Waterland Purmerend, Museum Het Kruithuis Den Bosch, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum van Bommel van Dam Venlo, Miniatuur Museum

* Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Art Collection: New York, Miami, Tel Aviv, São Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Guangzhou, Sarajevo, Geneva, Brussels

* Achmea Art Collection, Collection Ahold Delhaize Art Foundation, AMC Art Collection, BNG Bank Collection, Bouwfonds Art Collection, Caldic Collection Wassenaar, De Nederlandsche Bank Art Collection, Erasmus University Rotterdam Art Collection, Fontys Art Collection, LUMC Art Collection, THE EKARD COLLECTION, De Heus-Zomer Collection, Ploum Lodder Princen Art Collection, The Progressive Art Collection Ohio, RAI Amsterdam Art Collection, Sociaal Economische Raad The Hague, Jan des Bouvrie Art Collection, The Hugo Brown Family Collection, Collection Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Pieter & Marieke Sanders Collection, Collection Musagète Amsterdam, Collection Wilploo Enschede, Collection Knecht- Drenth Venlo

PRIZES (a selection)

2014 Nomination PULSE Prize New York
2009 Nomination Thieme Art Award Amsterdam
2006 Nomination III Edizione ‘Premio Mario Razzano’, Museo del Sannio Rocca dei Rettori, Benevento, Italy

PUBLICATIONS (a selection)

2017 'Raquel Maulwurf, Dark days - Bright nights’, texts: Benno Tempel, Jeroen Dijkstra, Publishing house Hannibal
2015 'Danger & Beauty - Turner and the tradition of the sublime', texts: Ralph Keuning, Arnoud Odding a.o., Museum de Fundatie Zwolle, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
2015 ‘Nieuwe Gezichten op Dordrecht Dordtse Vedute’, texts: Dirk Berghout, Esther Darley, Gerrit Willems a.o., Dordrechts Museum
2015 ‘Strijd! Oorlog en overleven in beeld’, texts: Linda Barendse, Shannon van Muijden a.o., Stedelijk Museum Zwolle
2014 'Raquel Maulwurf, Scratching the surface’, text: Cherry Duyns, Livingstone Editions
2014 ‘LUCHT! in de Nederlandse kunst sinds 1850’, texts: Ann Demeester, Antoon Erftemeijer, Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem
2014 ‘Des hommes et la forêt’, text: Vincent Lieber, Musée historique et des porcelaines, Château de Nyon
2014 ‘Haperende Mens essay #1’, text: Hans den Hartog Jager, Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam
2013 ‘CODA Black’, text: Werner van den Belt, CODA Museum Apeldoorn
2013 ‘Met andere ogen’, texts: Marjan Scharloo, Marieke Sanders, Terry van Druten, Teylers Museum Haarlem
2013 ‘Miniatuur Museum’, texts: Benno Tempel, Erwin Olaf, Lex & Ria Daniels, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
2013 ‘Zwart & Wit / Black & White’, text: Piet Augustijn, Gorcums Museum
2012 ‘Stil Even’, texts: Adriaan de Regt, Joke Hermsen a.o., Stedelijk Museum Zwolle
2011 'Raquel Maulwurf, New York New Work’, texts: Benno Tempel, Frederieke Sanders Taylor, L.S. Editions
2011 ‘Out of rubble’, texts: Holly Edwards, Suzanne Slavick, Edizioni Charta, Milan
2011 'All About Drawing', texts: Hans den Hartog Jager, Renée Steenbergen, Pietje Tegenbosch, Maria Barnas, Arno Kramer, Diana A. Wind, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Uitgeverij d’Jonge Hond, Zwolle
2010 ‘MB Tijdschrift van Museum Belvédère, number 7, September, texts: Han Steenbruggen, Cherry Duyns, Sandra Smets a.o.
2010 'Raquel Maulwurf, Drawn to destruction’, text: Diana A. Wind, L.S. Editions
2008 'Raquel Maulwurf, ZEPPELIN, works on paper’, text: Machteld Leij, Livingstone Editions
2008 'Verloren Paradijs. Monumentaal tekenen', text: Diana A. Wind, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, BnM Uitgevers, Nijmegen
2007 'Raquel Maulwurf, FLAK/AAA, works on paper', text: Jurrie Poot, Livingstone Editions
2006 'Raquel Maulwurf, Trümmerfelder/Fields of ruins, Guernica 26 IV ’37- Nagasaki 9 VIII ‘45’, texts: Robbert Roos, Gabriele Perretta, Edizioni Studio Sei & Livingstone Editions