Willem de Rooij investigates the production, contextualization and interpretation of images through a variety of media. Appropriations and collaborations are fundamental to De Rooij’s artistic method and his projects have stimulated new research in art history and ethnography. With Jeroen de Rijke (1970-2006) he represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale (2005). De Rooij is Professor of Fine Art at the Städelschule since 2006, and visiting advisor at the Rijksakademie since 2015. In 2016, he co-founded BPA // Berlin program for artists.
Recent solo exhibitions include Whiteout at Kunstwerke Berlin (2017), Ebb Rains at IMA Brisbane (2017), Entitled at MMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt/Main (2016), The Impassioned No at Consortium, Dijon (2015) and Bouquet IX at the Jewish Museum, New York (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Mindful Circulations at the BDL Museum, Mumbai (2019), Stories of Almost Everyone at the Hammer Museum Los Angeles (2018), the Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta (2017), EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2016), 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014) and Hollandaise at Raw Material Company, Dakar (2013).
De Rooij’s works can be found in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, MUMOK in Vienna, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MOCA in Los Angeles, and MOMA in New York.