‘The Theatre of Memories’
Niek Hendrix

30 September 2017 - 24 December 2017

In our daily lives, we are overloaded with visual stimuli. Images determine an important part of our reality. They convey subconscious messages: some true, some not.

Niek Hendrix bases his paintings on existing images and places them in large cabinets. Through depicting and then organising the images, he tries to establish why certain images are created and in how they impact on us. How do we translate the message that an image is trying to convey, and why is it that we accept some, and not others? By combining a great variety of images, he causes different realities to clash, forging new connections. Connections which cause us to reconsider our view of truth and reality.

In De Ketelfactory, Niek Hendrix expands his monumental cabinets into an installation that fills the space.

Niek Hendrix (1985) studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, amongst other places. He took part in a number of group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Besides his practice as an artist, he is the founder and website author of ‘Lost Painters’ (since 2010).

distillation ‘On the schouders of giants’

Date: 12 November 2017
In collaboration with: Roland Groenenboom, Robert Zandvliet, Batia Suter and Roos van Rijswijk

Niek Hendrix invited a few artists to be questioned by Roland Groenenboom on their sources of inspiration. Artists who, just like Niek, use images of other artists in their work.

video portrait


The exhibition was accompanied by the publication Calligram, designed by Niek Hendrix with text by Roos van Rijswijk, including images made by Hendrix and an English translation.

articles (in Dutch)

De winnaars van de Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst: ‘Stijlen kunnen niet verder uiteenlopen’ – Anna van Leeuwen in de Volkskrant

Weinig experiment, veel lieflijke onderwerpen bij Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst – Joke de Wolf in Trouw

Zie mij, ik schilderij. Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2017 – Domeniek Ruyters in Metropolis M

Niek Hendrix – Het Geheugentheater – de Ketelfactory – kunstblijfteenraadsel.nl

Religie is geen taboe meer voor kunstenaars – Sandra Kooke in Trouw

Nieks avonturen in plaatjesland, Bertus Pieters in Villa La Repubblica

pers release (in Dutch)