Lilian Kreutzberger

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What is my work about?

Most of my works indirectly respond to the medium painting, in which I was trained. Whether I deal with painting, architecture, urban planning or longing, I look at the formal qualities and the informal perceptions of surface, structures and materiality.
Recent works result from a playful process of constructing and deconstructing paintings built out of lasercut wood and colored plaster. These abstract compositions originate from actual building parts for a model I designed for the project Engineering Hope. The works don’t replicate a particular city, but do read as floorplans and fictional places.


Artist Statement

As painter and sculptor my aim is to synthesize my research in regards to the futility, dilemmas and challenges of modern utopias and the role that urban spaces play within them. The relationship between conceptual models and the materialization of such, turn into composition built out of repeated abstracted forms. My work becomes an index of my failure and my uncompromised effort to control the fragile material, showing the seductive quality of the model and the limits of it as tool as well.

The wall-relief result from a process based search for meaningfully dealing with abstraction and painting. The scale and materiality either reveal or add ambiguity to how the work is read. The scale of the composition constantly shifts; one can read the works as miniature maps of cities or floorplans of a building, or, when viewed from up close the texture and marks lead back to real life scale of construction materials. Some parts are unpredictable as the burned edges of the lasercut wood stain both the plaster and the wood, resulting in shadow-like contrasts.

The City of Tomorrow (2014) is a horizontal facade following the grid of Manhattan. The white sprawling installation replicates the 20th century “wonder” – the modern skyscraper Time and Life by architect Wallace Harrison. The quasi-literal reconstruction of this architectural relief aims for the efficiency, reason, logic, and perfection of the archetype and implicates the pursuit of ideals with eventual failure and collapse.

The project ‘Engineering Hope’ (2013) is an exploration of expressions given to imaginations with an abstract point of reference: the model (or the physical shadow of what Rosalind Krauss calls ‘the Grid’ that ‘turns its back on nature’). The negative space of the laser-cut wooden panels, hold the ‘prefab’ building parts of fictive building I designed. Due to the material quality of the plaster, the parts fall apart if one attempted to remove them.

In my older work (paintings and drawings), the scenes depict threatening desolate cityscapes, decayed architecture, and claustrophobic interiors. As a result of applying ambivalent rules, laws and atmosphere, the paintings of man-made city/landscape are (deliberate) imperfect and differ from what is possible in the quotidian. The quality of light in the paintings only more or less correspond with the shadows, and the recognizable forms and spaces can be reduced to a formal composition of an abstracted space -not place-.


2013 -2011
MFA Fine Arts, Parsons New School, New York, thesis Engineering Hope and the Sublime Model

2007- 2003
BFA Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Painting and drawing, The Hague the Netherlands, thesis Demolition of the Reconstruction

Eyebeam, Art and Technology Center, Brooklyn

ISCP, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY
Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, Long Island city, NY
Berlin Collective, Brooklyn

Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF), Jersey City, United States


Solo Exhibition
Matteawan Gallery, solo show, Beacon

European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Vuurdoop, The Gallery Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, the Netherlands


Exhibition selection
Fresh Window, group exhibition, Brooklyn
485 Lorimer Pop-Up Groupshow Show

Emerging Artist Fellowship 2014 exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
Royal Award for Painting, Royal Palace Amsterdam, nominated
(In)Constancy of Space, Ring Gallery, Croatian Association of Artist, Zagreb
Buning Brongers, Selected Laureaten exhibition of winners of the Buning Brongers Award, Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen, the Netherlands
Brucennial, New York City
Billytown, 7 dimensions curated by Cybil Scott, the Hague
ISCP Fall open Studio, Brooklyn

the Kitchen, curator Jess Wilcox and Wendy Vogel, New York
Re:cinema, curator Ryzard Dabek, Parsons the New School Design, NY
Active Space, Brooklyn, NY
Re:cinema, curator Ryzard Dabek, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
Provincie Noord-Holland, the Netherlands
ArtCycle Discovers Prize, The MFA Finalists, Gallery Brooklyn, New York
Portrait New York, collaboration with Cecilie Beck Kronborg Morris and Phil Moffa Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen Denmark

Return on Invest, Stroom curator Maaike Lauwaert, the Hague
Kleine zaal, de Vishal, Haarlem

Gallery E 25, 13th street,
curated by Andrea Geyer, Anthony Aziz, Simone Douglas
Gallery Ferdinand van Dieten, group show, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Gasunie Fine Arts Price, nominated, Groningen, the Netherlands

World expo 2010, Tower of Dutch pavilion, Shanghai, China
With Tsjalling, groups exhibition Groningen
Bed elZE, 35-/35+Wieteke Heldens, Johan van Oord and Ingrid Rollema, the Hague
Arti et Amicitiae, fictive collection of Popel Coumou, Amsterdam

Going Dutch, gallery Ferdinand van Dieten (27th street at the Five Dutch Days), NY
Royal Award for Painting, nominated, Palace on the Dam, Amsterdam
Gallery Ferdinand van Dieten, Towards a new Amsterdam
Winners exhibition, selection of graduates, Gallery Royal Academy, the Hague
Artipoli Art Gallery, ‘In de tussentijd’ with Judit Hettema, Noorden, the Netherlands

Buning Brongers price, winner price 2008, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam ecture, Maagdendalekapel, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Art Amsterdam, gallery Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt, Amsterdam
Existentie Labo 5, Gent, Belgium
Gallery van Dieten – d’Eendt, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Seven Up, curated by Wim van Krimpen, former director Gemeente Museum, The Hague, the Netherlands
Royal Award for Painting, nominated, Gemeente Museum, The Hague,
Lineart Artfair, Ghent, Belgium
Uitgelicht, ABC Architecture Centre, Haarlem, the Netherlands
PARAAT 3, selection of graduates, Move Project Space & Veemvloer, Amsterdam
Graduation exhibition, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, the Netherlands
Voorspel, organized by students in the final year, The Hague, the Netherlands

Price and Stipends
Mondriaan Fund, Stipendium Program for Established Artist, 2015-2019

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, grant

Fulbright scholarship

Parsons New School University Scholarship

Parsons Dean’s Graduate Scholarship

Mondriaan Fund, scholarship, Netherlands
Stroom, PRO Stroom Invest Grant, the Hague
Hendrik Muller Fonds, Grant, NY
The Drawing center, included in the viewing program

Mondriaan Fund, Emerging Artist Grant (dec 2010-nov 2009)

Buning Brongers, national price for painting
Royal Award for Painting, winner of the Public Award, the Netherlands
Mondriaan Fund, Emerging Artist Grant (dec 2008-nov 2007)

First Price Winsor & Newton, The Hague, the Netherlands


Work in collection/commissioned
Collection Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum), The Hague, the Netherlands
Caldic Collection, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Rietveld Architects (NYC), permanent art-piece entrance Eisenhower Residence Building, the Hague
Museum Beelden aan Zee (Museum Sculptures at Sea), the Hague
Heden, the Hague
Kolibri Collection, the Netherlands


Selected reviews and catalogue contributions
Relapse Magazine fall 2014, interview on Socrates Sculpture Park sculpture
Invisible City, online art magazine, edition # 8 HABITAT, 2014
DH/// Magazine, on art in the Hague by Stroom, first and third edition (2013)
Metropolis M, Why do I do what I do, on ‘Return on Invest, blog August 2012 Vincent van Velsen
Tubelight, the art of subsidies, Marjolein van de Ven, 2012 TL #81
Drawing Essentials by Deborah Rockman, published by Oxford University Press 2011
Invisible light, on the work of Lilian Kreutzberger, Philip Peters blog 2011
Catalogue Buning Brongers price, winner of the Bunning Bronger price 2008
Melancholic interiors and intimate ‘Looking ins’ in the kitchen,Lennard Dorst, Volkskrant March 2008
Pain and Vulnerability in 7-up, Coromandel Brombacher, Spits 13 December 2007
Catalogue exhibition 7-up, Gemeente Museum, The Hague, the Netherlands
Catalogue Labo 5, platform Existentie 2007, Belgium
Catalogue exhibition ‘Voorspel’, The Hague, the Netherlands


Teach and Art Related Activities
Designing Awards for the EYEBEAM Fundraiser.

Cultural Committee, Netherland America Foundation, intern, NY

China study trip, with Parsons, two week collaborative project

Workshops at high schools for a non-profit DASAV and the Justice Ministry

Cofounder of the project-space Bed ‘elZE’, the Hague

Teaching drawing and painting at Young Talent program Royal Academy, the Hague
President of the foundation for projects of graduation year at the Royal
Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, the Netherlands
As president, I was responsible for the organization of the exhibition ‘Voorspel’
Project coördinator Royal Academy & Crossing Border, De