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‘stil’ (‘silent’)

26 January - 14 July 2019

In 2019 De Ketelfactory celebrates its 10-year anniversary. A wonderful occasion to bring together all artists who ever exhibited work here.
Winnie Teschmacher invited them to create a work of art about ‘silence’, no bigger than 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Allof the artists accepted her invitation. It is the start of De Ketelfactory’s ‘Silence collection’.
The images, writings, films and objects will be presented downstairs. The setup will change regularly, making for a constantly changing exhibition.

The ‘Silence collection’ has a predecessor. Some thirty years ago, a mysterious Museum of Silence travelled through our country. Curator and artist Rob G.M. Vrakking had used mail art to ask hundreds of national and international artists to send him an object about silence.
The response was overwhelming: sculptures, paintings, drawings and written pieces arrived in the post.
After ten years, the collection was consigned to the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, Germany. There, the works lay wrapped up and unseen in the attic for years.

In 2018 Kester Freriks – writer of the book Silence, space, darkness – appealed for the Museum of Silence to be brought back and exhibited in the Netherlands once more.
De Ketelfactory accepted the invitation and collected the archive from Hagen.
For the next months, the collection will be displayed in alternated setups on the top floor of De Ketelfactory.


free guided tour and film ‘In Pursuit of Silence’

Saturday 2 March 2019, 14.00-16.30 hrs.

Also in this exhibition guide and art historian Cilia Batenburg will provide several tours. In an informal and interactive way she tells about everything that can be seen at ‘stil‘ and she learns visitors a different way of looking.


tea ceremony

Date: Sunday 10 March 2019, 14-16 hrs.
Served by Canadian explorer Jeff Fuchs



Date: 11-12 May

An extraordinary distillation: a weekend filled with conversations, readings, films and performances.

Throughout the course of the exhibit, there will be a number of activities surrounding the theme of ‘silence’.
We will keep you informed via our newsletter, website and Facebook.


For the distillation, a publication will appear, entitled stil.


Steven Aalders | Jasper van Aarle | Marina Abramović | Philip Akkerman | Jan Andriesse | Anohni w.r. | Frank Åsnes | Marjolijn van den Assem | Arita Baaijens | Joost Bakker | Hans van Bentem | Maria Blaisse | Frank Van den Broeck | Pieter Bijwaard | Robbie Cornelissen | Willem Dafoe | Florette Dijkstra | Wineke Gartz | Loek Grootjans | Harry Haarsma | Harm Hajonides | Niek Hendrix | Philippine Hoegen | Paul den Hollander | Madelon Hooykaas | Sharon Houkema | Bernadet ten Hove | Claudy Jongstra | Diederik Klomberg | Kinke Kooi | Florian Krepčik | Mirjam Kuitenbrouwer | Christiaan Kuitwaard | Ton van der Laaken | Birthe Leemeijer | Ton Mars | Wesley Meuris | Johan Meijerink | Anna Mikhailova | Jan van Munster | Jacco Olivier | Henk Olijve | Ton van Os | Femmy Otten | Olphaert den Otter | Sarah Pichlkostner | Pim Piët | Karin van Pinxteren | Emma van der Put | Lon Robbé | Anke Roder | Ewoud van Rijn | Guus Rijven | Roland Schimmel | Frank Sciarone | Roland Sohier | Winnie Teschmacher | Simon van Til | herman de vries | Aeneas Wilder | Robert Wilson | Robert Zandvliet | Kim Everdine Zeegers | Ronald Zuurmond