An der Schanz 1a
Tue–Sat 11–18

(Germaine Kruip, Image Archive, ongoing since 2004)

In her interventions, Dutch artist Germaine Kruip (1970, Castricum, Niederlande) turns the viewer into the actual protagonist of her works. In stage-like spaces set up with minimal means, the viewer becomes aware of himself and his perception, which becomes a component of the work. Kruip makes use of a site’s conditions, such as the play of light and shadow in a room or a view of the outdoors, artificially doubling them and thus subjecting them to manipulation. This process of reflection questions the relationship between fiction and reality, authenticity and representation. For her continuously expanding work, Image Archive, which can be seen at Galerie Mirko Mayer, the artist collects images from newspapers and magazines that seem suspect to her and have spontaneously drawn her attention. Kruip takes two images each, that in their similarity awaken doubts about their journalistic validity, and unites them in double projections. This in turn poses questions that go beyond the usual reservations about photography’s ability to represent true reality: are the pictures authentic depictions or constructs of reality made out of a collective visual memory?


2000 – 2001 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
1989 – 1996 Das Arts, Amsterdam



Frieze Art Fair, invited by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, London
Rijksmuseum, commisioned rijksbouwmeester, Amsterdam
Every building is an estimate, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam
Sculpture internationale, Auftragsarbeit für den Öffentlichen Raum, Rotterdam


Rehearsal, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel



Just in Time, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Street: behind the cliché, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Art Rotterdam 2006, Art Rotterdam
SLOW ART, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf


In This Colony/ In Deze Kolonie, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen