‘stil’ (‘silent’)

26 January 2019 - 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. All of 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.


distillation weekend

Saturday 11 May, 10.00-18.00 hrs.
Sunday 12 May, 13.00-19.00 hrs.

The distillation stil is a weekend filled with lectures, music and performances about silence. In two locations in Schiedam, respectively the Wennekerpand and the Westvestkerk, you will be met with a varied programme in which artists, musicians, writers and performers approach silence in unexpected ways.


movie collection Museum of Silence


During the Distillation on 11 May, the publication stil was presented.

articles (in Dutch)

Archief van zinderende stilte – Kor Kegel in het Nieuwe Stadsblad

STIL. Tien jaar De Ketelfactory – Joke M. Nieuwenhuis Schrama in het Beeldende Kunstjournaal

Stil – P.J. Cokema in Kunst op Zondag


Ketelfactory is stil van 10-jarig jubileum – opnames door Schie TV. Winnie Teschmacher vertelt over hoe de tentoonstelling tot stand is gekomen.

other activities

free guided tour and film ‘In Pursuit of Silence’

Saturday 2 March 2019, 14.00-16.30 hrs.

In an informal and interactive way guide and art historian Cilia Batenburg tells about everything that can be seen at ‘stil‘ and she learns visitors a different way of looking.


tea ceremony

Sunday 10 March 2019, 14.00-16.00 hrs.

Served by Canadian explorer Jeff Fuchs.


guided tour, artist talk and film ‘Heraclitus’

Saturday 23 March 2019, 14.00-17.00 hrs.

In an informal and interactive way guide and art historian Cilia Batenburg tells about everything that can be seen at ‘stil‘ and she learns visitors a different way of looking.


a course in sitting still

As of 25 March 2019

The course consists of 4 lessons of 1.5 hours and will be taught Monday evenings. The course is taught by Romanie Noordegraaf, yoga and meditation teacher, founder of Yogastudio Yoia and director of Samsara Yoga Teacher Training.

Read more….

film ‘The Tea Explorer’

Sunday 9 June 2019, 13.30 and 15.30 hrs.

The film by explorer Jeff Fuchs about the Tea Horse Trail will be shown over Pentecost.


lecture Kester Freriks

Thursday 27 June 2019, 20.00-22.00 hrs.

At the Library of SchiedamKester Freriks has been invited by the Literair Gezelschap to speak about his book ‘Stilte, ruimte, duisternis’. 


workshop ‘Heartbeat of the Earth’

Sunday 30 June 2019, 10.00-16.00 hrs.

With the cooperation of artist Kuang-Yi Ku, graphic designer Corine Datema, and Arita Baaijens, explorer and biologist.


event for Friends of De Ketelfactory

Saturday 13 July 2019, 13.30-18.00 hrs.

Special event for Friends of De Ketelfactory, jointly with Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Stichting KunstWerkt.


finissage with guided tour, drinks and poems

Sunday 14 July 2019, 14.00-17.00 hrs.

On the last day of the ‘stil‘ exhibition, guide and art historian Cilia Batenburg will take you along the 62 silent images. Would you like to join the tour? Register by sending an email to info@deketelfactory.nl. Participation is free.

We then raise the glass to a very successful and well-attended exhibition, while Schiedam poet Sander Groen treats us to ‘poems on silence’. Be welcome!


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