Berend Strik

About This Project



Born 1960, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)


In his work, Berend Strik examines the meaning of images. He subjects his photographs to an intensive process of re-working with fabric and thread. The stitched photographs slow down our view, and therefore intensify both image and content. By partly covering his images, Strik creates different layers of meaning to the photograph and obtains access the image. The dialogue between detachment and personal involvement play an important role in his practice. The intimate and time-consuming activity of the stitching is in contrast with the static photograph as product of the photo camera’s mechanical process. Despite these alterations, the work ought to stay close to reality in order for the relatability for the viewer to stay intact. In this way Strik adds an extra layer.


ABN AMRO Art Collection, NL
Achmea Art Collection, NL
Ahold Collection, NL
AKZO NOBEL Art Foundation, NL
AMC Art Collection, NL
BPD Art Collection, NL
De Domijnen, Sittard, NL
Dutch National Bank, NL
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
Kunstmuseum, Den Haag, NL
LUMC Art Collection, NL
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL
Rabobank Art Collection, NL
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL
Schunck*, Heerlen, NL
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

Private Collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Germany and U.S.A.


2000 – 2023
Galerie Fons Welters at the Art Rotterdam

Gallery Jack Tilton at Miami Art Basel

Frieze London

Art Basel

Blindart at Artissima


2018               Artist in residence, Livingstone Projects, Berlin, DE
2013               Artist in residence, Cemeti, Yogyakarta, ID
2011               Artist in residence, WOW, Architecture Woodfactory, Beijing, CH
2001               Artist in residence, Het Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL
1998-2000     ISCP, New York, USA
1986-1988     Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL


2015   Elisabeth van Thuringen Prijs
1993   Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis, Bonn, DE
1990   Charlotte Köhler Prize
1987   Prix de Rome, 2nd Prize (sculpture)


The Needles with ‘Deciphering the Artist’s Mind’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL 

‘Short Summer Special’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Deciphering the Artist’s Mind’, EENWERK, Amsterdam, NL

‘Redefining Realness’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Decipher the Artist’s Mind’, Stephane Simoens, Knokke-Zoute, BE

‘Decipher the Artist’s Mind’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
‘Studio in the Studio’, Heden, The Hague, NL
‘Exhibiting the Studio’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Exhibiting the Studio’, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL

‘Crushed, Stitched and Transfixed’, Oslo Museum, Gallery IKM, NO
‘Tumbled Topics’, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke-Zoute, BE

‘May I Show You My Pictures’, Museum Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL
‘Strik / Siza’, New Orleans, Vesteda, Rotterdam, NL
‘Transfixed, Stitched Photographs’, Blindarte contemporanea, Napoli, IT

‘Berend Strik’, Galerie Stephane Simoens, Knokke, BE
‘Thixotropy’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Berend Strik’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

‘Lascivious Fortification, Shadow and Light’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
‘TexStyle’, Blindarte Contemporanea, Napels, IT

‘Freestyle (New works by Berend Strik)’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Body Electric’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

‘Ssssnnnniiiiffffff’, Kabinett, Zurich, CH
‘Binz 39 (with One Architecture)’, Zürich, CH

‘Reproductive Rights are Human Rights’, Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, BE

‘How did you dare scratch my white delicate chest?’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Projectroom, Stefan Stux Gallery (with Adam Kalkin)’, New York, USA
‘Good Morning Herbert’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
‘In the Tree’, International Studio Program, New York, USA

‘Richard Heller Gallery’, Los Angeles, USA
‘Galerie Lars Bohman’, Stockholm, SE
‘Berend Strik and One Architecture’, Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL

‘but you…but you…but you are blinded by reality’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Galerie Tommy Lund’, Odense, DK
‘Sadness, Sluices, Mermaids, Delay’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘4 Melon Chorals’, Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, BE

‘Galerie Fons Welters’, Amsterdam, NL

‘Pas de Deux (with Hans van Houwelingen)’, H.C.A.K. Den Haag, NL

‘Vliegenthart’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Beelden’, Galerie ‘t Venster, Rotterdam, NL


‘Heem’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
‘Seth Siegelaub: When, What, How’, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT
‘The Clown Spirit’, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, IT

‘Zero and Other Heroes’, Paviljoen Welgelegen, Haarlem, NL
‘Pays-Bas, l’autre pays des beaux-arts’, Centre D’art Contemporain, Meymac, FR

‘A Perfect day’, NDSM, Amsterdam, NL

‘Salon Hang 24/7’, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, NL
‘Selected Works’, Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

‘When We First Arrived’, The Corner at Whitman-Walker, Washington, USA

‘Amsterdam Collected’, Capital C, Amsterdam, NL
‘Now is the Time’, Wuzhen International Contemporary Exhibition, CN
‘Waves&Particles’, Gebouw 001, Marineterrein Amsterdam, NL
‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL
‘The Classics; Tom Claassen, Job Koelewijn, Maria Roosen, Berend Strik’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Out of Office’, Singer Museum Laren, Laren, NL
‘Bloot’, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL
‘About Painting’, Stephane Simoens, Knokke, BE
‘Who Are We Again?’, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
‘Forever Young? Fotografie en vergankelijkheid’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (symposium and group exhibition)
‘Rendez Vous’, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL
‘Ars Longa, Vita Brevis’, Rijksmuseum Twente, Twente, NL
‘Beautiful Distress’, Het Vijfde Seizon and Beautiful Distress, Amsterdam, NL
‘Punk + Dance + Art | Angry Movements’, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, NL

‘The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely’, Mu.Zee, Oostende, BE
‘You Want it Darker’, Garage, Rotterdam, NL
‘The Collection as Time Machine’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
‘Oog in Oog’, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
‘Salon Hang’, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, NL
Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, NL
Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL
Friesmuseum, Leeuwarden, NL

‘Aanwinsten 2016’, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL
‘INNER CITY’, Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
‘After the death of James Lee Byars’, curated and with work by Berend Strik, Dutch National Bank, Amsterdam, NL
‘Ik hou van Holland.
Nederlandse kunst na 1945′, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
‘Preview’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Everyman’, Public Works, Utrecht Central Station, NL

‘Metamorphosen. Ovidius en de hedendaagse kunst’, Rijksmuseum Twente, NL

‘Reload, Biennale Gelderland’, Nijmegen, NL
‘Zomeren op de buitenplaats’, Buitenplaats Beeckestijn, Velsen Zuid, NL
‘Threads. Textile in art & design’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL

‘Ik hou van Holland, Nederlandse kunst na 1945’, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
‘Kanaalwerken’, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, NL
‘Wit – fotografie, kunst, design, mode, film’, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
‘Dread – Fear in the age of technological acceleration’, curated by Juha van ‘t Zelfde, Frans Hals Museum – De Hallen, Haarlem, NL
‘The Studio and The Studio, i.c.w. Juha van ‘t Zelfde’, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
‘Hand Made: lang leve het ambacht / Long Live Crafts’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL

‘Through an open window’, art contemporain de la Rabo Art Collection, L’Institut Neérlandais, Paris, FR
‘Paralen in de Kunst’, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, NL
‘Collection presentation’, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, NL
‘Figuurlijk’, Museum Hilversum, NL
‘Topsy Turvy’, de Appel, Amsterdam, NL

‘Valéry Proust Museum / White Cube Fever’, Mu.ZEE, Oostende, BE
‘Scenery, het landschap in de 21e eeuw’, 37 PK, Haarlem, NL
‘I promise to love you’, Caldic Collection, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

‘Acquisitions’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
‘Perfect Solitude’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Just love me’, Mudam, Luxembourg, LU
‘Declared Unobscene’, Glasmuseum, Leerdam, NL
‘Een mooi ding’, Museum Hilversum, NL
‘The Cassini Cruise II’, Appr.
Bouillonstraat 14, Maastricht, NL

‘Redefining Landscape’, Stephane Simoens, Knokke, BE
‘Gagarin; the Artists in their own words (The First Decade)’, SMAK, Gent, BE
‘In Stitches’, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery, New York, USA
‘Towing the Line’, Drawing Space (40 Dutch artists defining the moment in Holland), White Box, New York, USA
‘Zwervende tentoonstelling# 14 (Monologue Interieur)’, Rotterdam, NL
‘The New Collection’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
‘Group show (curated by Eva Kolarik)’, Art Prague, CZ
‘Ruhezeit Abgelaufen’, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, NL
‘The Cassini Cruise’, Gubbelstraat 38, Maastricht, NL
‘Group show with gallery artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘New Media’, Stephan Simoens Contemporary Fine Arts, Knokke, BE
‘Black is Beautiful’, Stedelijk museum in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, NL
‘SWAF (Puber über Alles!)’, Kunsteyssen, Alkmaar , NL
‘Mooi Niet; Collectie Museum Het Domein’, Gourvernement, Maastricht, NL

‘Video Vortex (continuation)’, Montevideo, Amsterdam, NL
‘Group show with Gallery Artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘PRICKED! EXTREME EMBROIDERY’, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA
‘A Faithful Eye (Modern and Contemporary Art from The Netherlands: The ABN AMRO Collection)’, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
‘Is it a Pazziella?’, Pazziella, Capri, IT
‘Genesis: Het leven aan het eind van het informatietijdperk’, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
‘Modern Solitude’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘i.p.v. Mashkov’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL
‘Salon: Zwervende tentoonstelling 8’, Rotterdam, NL
‘Jan Fabre, Troubleyn, Angelos, Architect Jan Dekeyser’, Laboratorium voor creatie en research, Antwerp, BE
‘Welcome Stranger: Hide and Seek (together with Nathalie Bruys)’, Amsterdam, NL
‘Leve de schilderkunst!
Terug naar de figuur’, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

‘Room with a view: De Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL
‘*G*E*B*O*R*D*U*U*R*D*’, Nederlands Textielmuseum, Tilburg, NL
‘Borderliners: Grenzen van de Schilderkunst’, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, NL
‘De Salon, Zwervende tentoonstelling #5’, MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL
‘Rembrandts Licht’, De Lustwarande Wester-Amstel, Amsterdam, NL

‘Les Très Riches Heures’, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL
‘Slow Art, The Current Art Scene’, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, DE
‘The Best of the last 22 Years’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
‘Mé-tissages Biennale’, Museum voor Industriele Archeologie en Textiel, Gent, BE
‘Kind en Kunst V’, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
‘Colors!’, Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, BE
‘Presente, Positioni a prospettive dell’arte contemporanea’, PAN, Napoli, IT
‘Blindarte Collection’, Blindarte Contemporanea, Napoli, IT

‘Secrets of the nineties’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL
‘Flash right, turn left’, Kunstroute Staatsliedenbuurt, Amsterdam, NL
‘Perspectief’, Exposorium VU, Amsterdam, NL
‘Oogstrelend Schoon’, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, NL

‘Group Show – New Work by Gallery Artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Bison Caravan’, 2003, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK
‘3-2-1’, Gallery M, New York, USA
‘Lust & Leisure’, Galerie Voges + Partner, Frankfurt, DE
‘Material Matters’, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, DK
‘A design for places left over after planning (with One Architecture)’, Groothandelsgebouw, Rotterdam, NL

‘Life in a glass house’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘It’s Unfair’, De Paviljoens, Almere, NL
‘Liefde Te Koop’, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Hiroshima Art Document’, Hiroshima, JP
Kabinett, Bern, CH
‘Ways Out- How to find the right way in’, Stroom, Den Haag, NL
‘Contemporary Art from The Netherlands’, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, DE
‘No ID’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, IN
‘Land’, Steigereiland-Noord, IJburg, Amsterdam, NL
‘Material Matters’, Norrköping Kunst Museum, Norrköping, SE

‘Pleidooi voor intuitie’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL
‘Bollywood has arrived’, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, NL
‘Vanuit de Beweging’, Groninger Museum, Groningen, NL
‘The Presentation’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

‘Save the Gnome (Curated by Sven Lütticken and Reinout Rutte)’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Biennale de Lyon’, Lyon, FR
‘Because Sex Sells’, Nicolai Fine Art, New York, USA

‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Tales of the Tip’, Former garbage dump Bavel, Breda, NL
‘Trouble Spot. Painting’, MUHKA/NICC, Antwerp, BE
T’Z’Art, New York, USA
‘Baby’, Keizersgracht 676, Amsterdam, NL

‘Vous Etes Ici: Silkscream Series’, Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover, DE

‘Loose Urbanism’, NAi, Rotterdam, NL
‘Richard Heller Gallery’, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
‘Vries’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, NL
‘In de Collectie’, Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
‘Welcome Back to the Human Race’, Peninsula, Eindhoven, NL
‘The People’s Choice (with One Architecture)’, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
‘Het Eigen Gezicht – Rijksakademie 1986-1997, een keuze van Auke de Vries’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, NL
‘Wat af is, is niet gemaakt’, De Utrechtse School/Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht, NL

‘Group show with Gallery Artists’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Galleri Tommy Lund’, Odense, Denmark
Abendland, Städtische Ausstellungshalle, Münster, DE
‘European Art Forum’, Stand Fons Welters, Berlin, DE
‘Galerie Annette de Keyser’, Antwerp, BE
‘The Other Self’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, NL

‘Summer Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Group Show’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘The Other Self, 1995’, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, IN

‘Lust voor het oog’, Stichting Amazone, Amsterdam, NL
‘Adieu to the lunch poem (with Adam Kalkin)’, Stichting Casco, Utrecht, NL
‘Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Welcome Stranger, Follow Up’, Stadhouderskade 112, Amsterdam, NL
‘Borduren 2000’, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, NL
‘Rendez Vous Provoqué’, Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, Luxembourg / Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, LU / NL
‘Puber-Alles (Why I am, Who I am)’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, NL
‘Het Grote Gedicht. Nederlandse Beeldhouwkunst 1945-1994’, Grote Kerk, Den Haag, NL

‘The Mouth of the Crodile’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
’13e Foire d’Art Actuel’, Brussels, BE
‘Scuola’, Scuola di San Pasquale, Venice, IT
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
‘Van Vislucht en Bloemen, Aankopen Beeldende Kunst 1988-1992 Provincie Overijssel’, Bergkerk/Kasteel Het Nijenhuis, Deventer, NL
‘Hebzucht’, Verhydenstudio’s, Arnhem, NL
‘Du fil repeindre’, FRAC, Montpellier, FR
‘Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis’, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE
‘Vrij Spel’, Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, NL
Galerie Tommy Lund, Odense, Denmark
‘Wat men zoal niet bedenken kan….’, Archipel, Apeldoorn, NL

‘UNFAIR’, Galerie Fons Welters, Cologne, DE
‘Mrs. B’s Curio Shop’, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA
‘Welcome Stranger (Multimedia project in an abandoned house)’, Amsterdam, NL
‘Multiple Difference’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘Aanwinsten 1985-1992’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

‘Foire d’Art Actuel’, Brussels (Galerie Fons Welters), BE
‘Europe Unknown/Europa Nieznana’, Palac Sztuki TPSP, Krakow, PL

‘A Collection’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
‘Scanning 1990’, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, BE
‘Multiple Choice’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘Mik, Leijenaar, Strik’, Museum ‘t Kruithuis, Den Bosch, NL
‘Capital Gains’, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, NL
‘Rijksaankopen’, Museum Twente, Enschede, NL

‘Four Dutch Artists’, USF Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA
‘Uit de Rijksacademie’, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, NL
‘Een Grote Activiteit’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

‘Capital Gains’, De Zaak, Groningen / ‘t Venster, Rotterdam, NL
‘Prix de Rome’, Stadhuis, Amsterdam, NL
‘A Priori Sculptuur’, Makkum, Amsterdam, NL


Waterlandplein Amsterdam

Villa Industria Regevterrein, Hilversum
Josef One Architecture, Deventer

Glas in lood ramen Gemeente Huis Gorinchem
Postzegel Berend Strik, TPG Post, 39 eurocent 2006
Herdenkings Rembrandtmunt, 10 euro, 5 euro Ministerie van Financien, Den Haag

De Moderne Moraal Paradiso, Amsterdam

Glauberweg Amsterdam
Vita Nova Korzo, Den Haag / Venter, Maastricht / Grand Theatre, Groningen
House of Hearts Vredenburg, Utrecht

Vivaldi Drentepark, Zuid-As, Amsterdam
Buxus 48 Veldhuizen, Leidsche Rijn

Jan Schaefer Monument SWD, Amsterdam

Frühschoppenpavillion (with One Architecture) Stiegl/ASK Maxglas, Salzburg

Jimi Hendrix Monument Vredenburg, Utrecht

The Wonderous, film with Janica Draisma
In het Stille Huis, film with Janica Draisma

Marshall Recovery Program 1947-1997, 10 guilders coin Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt, Utrecht

Four month working period with local craftspeople in New Delhi, India
Ne Pas Parsifal Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht

Embroidered portraits of Queen Beatrix Burgomaster-and-Aldermens Room, City Hall, Gouda
Nagels als zenuwcellen Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

‘Deciphering The Artist’s Mind Adolf Von Menzel’ 2023 | 455 x 355 cm

Stitched canvas

‘Floor Pollock’ 2019 | 90 x 60 cm

‘Hairy Head and bits of color’ 2020 | 50 x 50 cm

‘In Between’ 2023 | 135 x 90 cm

‘Jackson Pollock studio visit’ 2023 | 212 x 212 cm

‘Spanish Steps’ 2023 | 144 x 95 cm

‘Uitti plays’ 2020 | 121 x 91 cm

‘Unironed shirts’ 2023 | 180 x 120 cm

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