Anne Kolbe


I create spatial characters who are ready for the drama of life. I’ll take you to an art fair where the objects themselves become the viewers, or we visit the park and merge with other life forms.

As a form of self-examination and speculative collaborations across and within different modes of being, I like to be with, think with and become things that thwart my attempt to identify with them. I want to get to know them intimately and on their terms. The resulting bodies all have stories to tell.

I examine the performative nature of objects, speculating and reflecting on their doings, dealings, desires and demands. Wether it’s a pot plant, a door knob or a side table’s tabletop; they all resonate in many ways. In their presence, I too become an object with many echoes.



  • Next
  • 2023 SCHANDE no. 6 magazine release
    Stichting BAD, Rotterdam, NL

  • Now
  • 2022-2023 RORO BUITEN
    Rotterdam, NL

  • Past
  • 2023 Door de heg
    Stichting BAD, Rotterdam, NL

    Solo, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 Way of Life
    Aanschouw at Art Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 SCHANDE #5 release
    Worm, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 My Ornamental Body
  • 2022 Borderless Point
  • 2022 Wild Summer of Art
    Brutus, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 SCHANDE #4 release
    Worm, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 SCHANDE #3 release
    Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL
    radio show at radio WORM
    Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 The Plantastic rockstars
    Podium OCW, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2022 Ronnie & Anita
    DOOR, Dordrecht, NL
  • 2021 Twenty-five performances for Christmas
    The Performance Bar, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 Buxusbitch
    Every Friday 10-11 am at radio WORM
  • 2021 SCHANDE #2 release
    Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 SCHANDE #1 release
    Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 Buxus Concept Store: It’s a Way of Life
    Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 Cantos Deus + Henrietta Müller + Anne Kolbe
    Attent, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2021 Publieke werken
    Outdoor exhibit on billboards spread through the city of Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Cantos Deus + Peter Fengler + Anne Kolbe
    Livestream from Attent, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Trumpets of the Apocalypse
    (Walkie-Talkie Edition),
    Voluntary Fire Brigade of the Apocalypse, Euromastpark Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Otje Festival, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 RAAK-award
    Commissioned, SIA, Leiden, NL
  • 2020 In conversation with (…)
    Performance with Eros Chien, Attent, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Descart
    Art route, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Flag Gazing: an Exercise
    Commissioned post,
    Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020 Other Ways of Watching Together
    Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2019 A focus with Anne Kolbe: Uncomfortable objects
    Exhibition walkthrough and workshop,
    Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 30 jaar Kunst & Complex
    Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 Haarlemse Herfst
    De Vishal op locatie, Haarlem, NL
  • 2018 Tripping Autonomy
    Piet Zwart Institute MFA Graduation Show,
    De Kroon, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 Moving Monument
    Charlois Speciaal, 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



2023 Kunstenaar Basis / Artist Basic, Mondriaan Fund

2021 Corona-overbrugging kunstenaar, curator en beschouwer / Corona Bridging Grant for Artists, Curators, Researchers, Mondriaan Fund

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)