Anne Kolbe

Artist statement

When I examine the world around me I suspect the presence of an underflow of existence that takes things with it, a stream that makes things slip away constantly, remaining intangible and outside of my field of vision. This feeling drives me in creating my work. It is a feeling of constant missing and passing, of continuously not being able to get a grip on things because they are always somewhere else, constantly changing. The space they leave behind in their movement is like a void, a track or a print. For me an extreme openness and attentiveness occur in that space; an intense gaze at what disappeared beyond the horizon. In that complex absence I want to capture the echo of what is gone and hidden. I like to search for the secret of the other that passes constantly and remains untraceable.

Light and space are the foundations for an investigation into (in)visibility. Through my works, in which the material and the skin of objects play a major role, I examine open and hermetic structures.



Projects / Exhibitions / Events

  • Past
  • 2018 Haarlemse Herfst
    De Vishal op locatie, Haarlem, NL
  • 2018 Tripping Autonomy
    Piet Zwart Institute MFA Graduation Show,
    De Kroon, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2017 Poses Against Gravity
    Studio Omstand, Arnhem, NL
  • 2017 Foam x Patty Morgan internetcafé
    Foam, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2017 Prospects & Concepts
    Mondriaan Fund at Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2016 Sub-marine Jungle: Veteran Party
  • 2016 With a rising and falling motion
    Ruimte Caesuur, Middelburg, NL
  • 2016 Guestroom #32
    Code Rood, Arnhem, NL
  • 2016 Rob de Vries Gallery & Projects: Anne Kolbe
    Rob de Vries Gallery & Projects, Haarlem, NL
  • 2016 Art Rotterdam
    Rob de Vries Gallery & Projects,
    Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2016 MAMA’s X-mas Crib: Welcome to the Jingle
    Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2015 Hyper Hyper
    Willem II Fabriek, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
  • 2015 Blocks blocks blocks
    Residency, Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, NL
  • 2015 De Kersentuin
    Kers Gallery at Kunst RAI, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2015 Beelden in Leiden
    Hooglandse Kerkgracht, Leiden, NL
  • 2015
    Vasarely Museum, Budapest, HU
  • 2015 Bavo Baby
    De Vishal and St. Bavo kerk, Haarlem, NL
  • 2015
    Tatranska Gallery, Poprad, SK
  • 2015 Nieuw
    Rob de Vries Gallery and Projects, Haarlem, NL
  • 2015
    Galeria Vytvameho Umeni, Ostrava, CZ
  • 2014 Art in Redlight
    Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2014
    Galeria El, Elbląg, PL
  • 2014 Kopstukken
    Huis met de Hoofden, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2014 Beeldentuin Ravensteyn
    Heenvliet, NL
  • 2014 Magma Crowed
    Magma Exposities, Antwerpen, BE
  • 2014 Undo Space
    Residency with Marjet Zwaans, Het Langhuis, Zwolle, NL
  • 2014 Greyscale
    Duo with Tijl Orlando Frijns, St. Elizabethziekenhuis, Tilburg, NL
  • 2013 Glow Festival
    Huize de Laak, Eindhoven, NL
  • 2013 Niet van Gisteren
    De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond, NL
  • 2013 Eindexpositie AKV St. Joost
    Academy building, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
  • 2013 Once more, unto the breach, dear friends, once more
    Lokaal 01, Breda, NL
  • 2013 Sub-marine Jungle
  • 2013 Styrhl Bouieng
    De Boo, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
  • 2013 Leerling-meester expositie # 5 Thomas Bakker: Raum
    Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, NL
  • 2012 CA-YAC.Z
    De Zeeuwse Rozentuin, Kats, NL
  • 2012 Eindejaarsexpositie Vughterstraat
    Vughterstraat 280, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL.
  • 2011 Interbellum
    TenToon, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
  • 2011 The Company of Humor
    Lokaal 01, Breda, NL
  • 2011 Apart
    Lokaal 01, Breda, NL
  • 2010 Kamerpoezie
    University Library of Utrecht University, Utrecht, NL


2016 7th Sybren Hellinga Art Prize, Kunsthuis Syb


2015/2016 Werkbijdrage Jong Talent / Young Talent Development Grant, Mondriaan Fund


2016-2018 Piet Zwart Institute
Fine Art (MA)

2008-2013 AKV St. Joost Breda / ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Fine Art (BA)