Biography

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Babs Haenen, born in Amsterdam in 1948, creates expressive and impressionistic ceramics that give equal importance to color, line, and form. Her works are embellished in a painterly manner, highlighting the influence of abstract painting and landscape motifs, like rippling water, on her practice.

Haenen works with colored porcelain slabs and builds colorful, organic vessels with a dynamic inner choreography. Layering the slabs with pigment allows her to form thin ribbons of colored porcelain, which she folds, cuts, and sculpts to create her vessels. Lately, Haenen’s work has gone from vertical vessel forms to more complex works that incorporate two or more separate pieces creating colorful tabletop landscapes.

Haenen first worked as a dancer before studying visual art at the Gerrit Rietvield Academy, Amsterdam 1974-1979. In 1987 Haenen was the recipient of the Werbeurs Stichting Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten-Vormgeving en Bouwkunst. She was the 1990 Werbeurs Ministrie van VVVC and she received the 1991 Inax Design Prize for Europe from Japan.

Her work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including: Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan; Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

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BABS HAENEN
b. 1948, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Studio in Amsterdam since 1979
Teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, 1994-2013

EDUCATION
1974-79 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

AWARDS
1990/2003 Fonds BKVB, the Netehrlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and
                 Architecture
1991    Inax Design Prize for Europeans, Japan
2005    Nominated for the Dutch Ceramic Prize
2012    Mondriaan Fund, Visual Arts and Cultural Heritage

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018    Babs Haenen, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY*
            En Route, Taste Contemporary, Geneva
2017    En Route, Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai
​            The Silk Road (with Wil van Blokland), Waterland Museum, 
                 
Purmerend, Netherlands
2015    Ubi Gallery (with Peter Hoogeboom), Beijing Design Week (assistant
                 Guanlin Wang), 
Beijing
2014    Scholar’s Rock, gallery VIVID, Rotterdam
2012    En Route, Gallery Van Krimpen
2008    De Hallen- Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem
​            Babs Haenen, ABC- architectuurcentrum, Haarlem
2002    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1999    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1998    The Turbulent Vessel: Ceramics 1991-1998, Stedelijk
                 Museum, 
Amsterdam*        
1995    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1992    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1991    Hetjens-Museum/Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Düsseldorf*
​            A Decade of Work, Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
1989    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1987    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1984    Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018    Rich-Z Gallery, Shenzhen, China
            Made in Holland: 400 Year World Brand, Ceramic Museum Princesshof,
                 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
2017     Hotel Panorama, PAN Art Fair, Amsterdam
​            Change the System, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
​            Spherebol+, Flow collection, International Ceramic Fair, Jingdezhen, China
​            A City in Dialoque with the World: Collection of Artworks by ‘Jingpiao’
                 International Ceramists, curator Zhu Legeng, Jingdezhen, China
​            Classics Revived, International Ceramics Design Invitational Exhibition,
                 Liling Ceramics Valley Museum, LiLing, China
​            China Caracter, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
​            The Dramatic Vessel, the Museum of Contemporary Art the Shigaraki
                 Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
​            Vase: Function Reviewed, Farmleigh House, Dublin
2016    Design Miami, gallery VIVID, Miami, FL
​            the Mode-International Ceramics Arts Invitational exhibition, Liling Ceramics
                 Valley Museum, 
Liling, China
​            Sexy Ceramics, Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden,
                 Netherlands
​            Vase: Function Reviewed, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
​            Taste Contemporary Craft, Artmonte-carlo 2016, Monaco
​            ‘The Dutch in Milano’ by Uniquole, Project Masterly, Palazzo Francesca
                 Turati, 
Milan
​            Art Rotterdam, gallery VIVID, Rotterdam
​            Artgenève 2016, Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva
2015    Pan Amsterdam, gallery VIVID, Amsterdam
​            The Beautiful Object, AD Gallery, Antwerp
​            Design Miami, gallery VIVID, Miami, FL
​            World Tour Art Exhibition, Simon Ma, Julian Lennon, Robert Zucherman,
                 Babs Haenen, Zheng Juke, Chinese National Treasure Museum of Arts, 
                 
Beijing
​            Ceramic culture and art exhibition, Jingdezhen Greenland Group, Milano*
​             ‘New China from China’, KIP International Pavilion, Expo Milan, Milan
​            Design Miami Basel, gallery VIVID, Basel
​            Kunst uit Huis, collectie Wilploo, Museum Schiedam, Schiedam,
                 Netherlands*
​            Art Rotterdam, gallery VIVID, Rotterdam
​            Melancholia, gallery VIVID, Rotterdam
​            FOG Design + Art, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2014    Clay!: A century ceramics at the Gerrit
                 Rietveld Academy, 
Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
​            12 artists in clay: Dublin Castle, Europe & Beyond, Peppercanister Gallery
                 at the Coach House gallery, 
Dublin
​            Design Miami / Basel, gallery VIVID, Basel, Switzerland
​            Art Rotterdam, gallery VIVID, Rotterdam
​            Six Women, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2013    Minimentaal  ll, Galerie Metis/ Maria Chailloux, Amsterdam 
​            Muzeum LeSecet Magyarorszag, Pecs, Hungary
​            Zuid Oost Beemster, Kunst Rai, Kunstconsult, Amsterdam
​            IJ-Catchers: Babs Haenen, Alexander Lichtveld, Peter
                 Rommers, Amsterdam

            Salah-ad-Din-Mysterious Green Teachers and students Gerrit Rietveld
                 Academie, Ceramic Museum Princessehof, 
Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
2012    Maskerade, Fans Halsmuseum/ De Hallen, Haarlem*
​            Bloemen in het museum, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem
​            Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics, The Museum of Fine Arts, 
                 
Houston, TX*  
2011    Temporary Stedelijk 2, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
​            Presentation Modern Ceramics: Collection JWN van
                 Achterbergh, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, 
                 
Leeuwarden, Netherlands*
​            Perron-Kunstpreis, in der sparte porzellan Amsterdam, Rinus Beukema,
                 art dealer, Kunsthaus Frankenthal, 
Frankenthal (Pfalz), Germany
​            Rai- Art Amsterdam, gallery van Krimpen, Amsterdam
​            Art Rotterdam, artfair, gallery van Krimpen, Rotterdam
​            Made in China: Teachers and Students, Ceramic Department Gerrit Rietveld
                 Academie, Nederlandsche Bank, 
Amsterdam
​            Made in China: Teachers and Students, Ceramic Department Gerrit Rietveld
                 Academie, Ministry of Finance, 
The Hague
2010    Kleikunst, Steengoed: Ceramics from the Collection of Museum Boijmans
                 van Beuningen, Kunsthal, 
Rotterdam
​            Contemporary glass and ceramics, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
​            Rai- Art Amsterdam, gallery Van Krimpen, Amsterdam
​            de kom, Cypres gallery, Leuven, Belgium
​            Rinus Beukema, art dealer, Amsterdam
2009    nieuwe liefdes, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
​            Rinus Beukema, art dealer, Amsterdam
​            Form and Sculpture: Teachers and Students, Ceramic Department Gerrit
                 Rietveld Academie, Ministry of Finance, 
The Haque
2008    XXth century, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Haque
​            Well-meaning cultural commodities, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
​            Top! Stukken-hedendaagse keramiek in Nederland, Gorcumsmuseum, 
                 
Gorinchem, Netherlands*
2007    Rinus Beukema, art dealer, Amsterdam
​            European Triennale for Ceramics and Glass, Les Anciens Abattoirs,
                 Mons, 
Belgium*
​            25 years Binnen, Gallery Binnen, Amsterdam*
​            Pretty Dutch, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands*
2006    Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA
2005    Organic Abstraction: Part 2 Homage to Ruth Duckworth, Garth Clark
                 Gallery, New York, NY

2004    Goudomrand: The Future Handmade, Teachers and Students, Ceramic
                 Department, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Nederlandsche Bank, 
Amsterdam
2003    presentation Ceramics Babs Haenen / Geert Lap, Frans Halsmuseum,
                 De Hallen Pavilion, 
Haarlem
​            Acquisitions, Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2002    New Collection, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
​            Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection, Mint Museum of Craft +
                 Design, 
Charlotte, NC*         
​            Blue + White = Radical, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2001    Dutch Contemporary Ceramics, Gallery Janet Mansfield, Sydney
1999    The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Toronto     
1994    The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), Gallery Marijke
                 Raaijmakers, 
Maastricht
1993    The Inax Design Prize for Europeans 1st to 5th, Museum
                 Tokoname, 
Tokoname, Japan*
1992    Beyond Tradition, Contemporary Ceramics in the collection of the Museum
                 Boijmans-van Beuningen Rotterdam, Institut Néerlandais, 
Paris*
1991    Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki
1988    Vice Versa, Musée Joseph Déchelette, Roanne, France*
1987    Holland in Form, Centraal Museum, Utrecht*
1984    Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
* indicates catalog

COLLECTIONS
AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Consulate of the Netherlands, Chongqing, China

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
Council-hall Municipal Dordrecht, Dordrecht
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Beijing
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Eye Clinic Focus, Rotterdam
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem
The George R. Gardener Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
The Hague Municipal Museum, Den Haag
Hetjens-Museum, Düsseldorf
House corportationYmere, Amsterdam
Inax Corporation, Tokoname, Japan
Ceramic Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden
Koninklijke PTTNederland. NV, Den Haag
Kunstgewerbe Museum, Berlin
LiLing Ceramics Valley Museum, LiLing, China
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Den Haag
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Ceramics Art, Gifu, Japan

Museum for Modern Art, Arnhem
Nederlands Tegelmuseum, Otterloo, Netherlands
Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam
NV Airport Schiphol, Schiphol
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum's Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch, Netherlands
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
         

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
Aanwinsten 1993-2003, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2006
Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum 1998
Auch, Monica. Vrije Vormgeving: Mapping Dutch Conceptual Crafts, BNO
            2008, Amsterdam
Auch, Monica. Talking Ceramics. Sunday Morning @ EKWC, Stitching Europees, Keramisch Werkcentrum, 2016
Augustijn, Piet. Hedendaagse Keramiek in Nederland, Nederlandse Vakgroep
​            Keramiek, NVK, 2008 Amsterdam

Bedrijfscollecties Nederland, NAI uitgevers Rotterdam 2009
Boom, Irma
Boot, M. The Turbulent Vessel: Babs Haenen Ceramics 1991-1998
Brouwer, Marcel. J.W.N.van Achterbergh, Een gedreven verzamelaar, Stichting van
​            Achterbergh-Domhof, 2011
Catalogue of the Collection 1992. Shigaraki, The Museum of Contemporary
​            Ceramic Art 1993
Clark, Garth. Babs Haenen: A Decade of Work, Leeuwarden: Museum
​            het Princessehof 1991
Clark, Garth. Shards: Garth Clark on Ceramic Art, DAP 2004, USA
Clark, Garth. Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: Collection of Garth
​            Clark and Cindy Strauss. Mark Del Vecchio, Yale University Press with
​            the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, USA, 2012
Clark, Garth. CFile Online.org, Garth Clark, Writer at Large, Ceramic Art & Design,
​            2014
Cooper, Emmanuel. Ten Thousand Years of Pottery, the British Museum Press, 2002
Crommelin, L. Keramiek in het Stedelijk, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum1998 
de Jong, Koos. Keramiek & Architectuur, EKWC, Hertogenbosch, 2009

De Vries, Mariette. Present: Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum Uitgeverij 010,
​            Rotterdam 2010 

de Waal, Edmund. The Pot Book, the Phaidon Press Limited 2011
de Wagt, Wim. Het Geschenk, Stadsschouwburg Haarlem,1918-2009 HDC
​            Media 2009
Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics. London: Thames & Hudson 2001
Dietz, Ulysses Grant. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy,
​            The Newark Museum, New Jersey 2003

Dormer, Peter. The New Ceramics - Trends and Traditions, London: Revisit
​            Edition 1994

Douglas, Mary F. Allan Chassanoff Ceramic Collection. Charlotte, NC: Mint
​            Museum of Craft + Design 2000
Ganhui Yan. Jingdezhen [Greenland] Ceramic Cultural Exhibition - World Expo Park
​            KIP Milan, Italy, 2015
Heslenfeld, M. Clay! A Century of Ceramics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy
​            Exhibition, Municipal Museum, The Hague, Waanders Utigevers, 2014.
Inax Design Prize III. Tokyo: Inax Corporation 1992 
Janssen, Hans. XXste Eeuw, Waanders uitgevers Zwolle, Gemeentemuseum
​            den Haag, 2008

Kamermans, Johan. Verglaasde Charme, De schoonheid van de Nederlandsche
​            tegel, SPA uitgevers Zwolle, 2013
Leclercq, Anne. Triennale Europeenne, ceramique, Verre, WCC. BF, Mons 2007
Luo Jian. The Mode - International Art Invitational Exhibition, Liling Ceramic Valley
​            Museum, Hunan, China
The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, The Museum of Modern Ceramic Art,
​            Gifu, Japan, 2003

Mabel, Hoogendonk. Verzameld, Collectie Moderne Kunst Frans Halsmuseum, 1999
McEachem, Susan. Ceramic Millenium, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art
​            and Design and the authors, Canada, 2006
Rijk, Thimo de. Designers in Nederland, Ludio Amsterdam, Gent, 2003

Spruit-Ledeboer. Nederlandse Keramiek 1975-1985. Amsterdam
Staal, G. Holland in Vorm, Vormgeving in Nederland 1945-1987.  Gravenhage
Strauss, Cindy. Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: Collection of Garth
​            Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, Yale University Press with the Museum of Fine
​            Art, Houston, 2012
Strengers, A. Eigenlijk Eigentijds, Art Collection ‘Nederlandsche Bank’ 1982-2007
Strengers, A. In Sight, Vision and Focus: Collection in Perspective De Nederlandsche
​            Bank, Art Committee, 2014

Trumpie, Ank. Pretty Dutch, 18de-eeuws Hollands Porselein, Princessehof
​            Leeuwarden, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam 2009
Uniquole, N. Masterly - The Dutch in Milano, Exhibition in Palazzo Francisco Turati -
​            Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2016

van Winden, Wilfred Fusion, Sun 2010
Verborgen collectie, KPN, Koninklijke PTT Nederland NV‘s Gravenhage 1995

ARTICLES
Faber, Bernard. Keramische klimop, Haarlem- Stadsschouwburg, gevelbouw-
            jaargang 5, nr 2, July 2008.

Heslenfeld, M. Keramiek van de Rietveld Academie-  Vormen uit Vuur- 2014/2
Heslenfeld, M. De Pottenkijker, de nalatenschap van een bevlogen Verzamelaar,
            Vormen uit vuur 2012-2013
Hulsman, Bernard. De terugkeer van het ornament, Kunstschrift, april-mei 2010

Hulsman, Bernard. Versieren is geen misdaad meer, Cultureel supplement
            NRC 13-3-2009.

Put, Roos. Expo, Babs Haenen, Amsterdam ‘ En Route’ Kunstbeeld, nr.4 -2012.
Reinewald, Chris. Hand, hoofd en hart: het ambacht en de vrijevormgeving
            Designgeschiedenis Nederland Juni 2009.
Reinewald, Chris. Ijspaleis met keramiek, Items 6+- 2008
Schampers, Karel. Maskerade, losbandigheid en heilzame werking Halszaken, Frans
            Hals Museum/De Hallen, no.32/2012

Ter Borch, Ine. Gestolde golven aan de gevel,Detail in Architectuur, Jan./febr. 2004,
            Ten Hagen & Stam BV

Van der Stelt. Omsloten ruimte, Babs Haenen, Keramiek- jaargang 40-2   
van Kester, Peter. Oude dame in een hedendaags jasje PI, Project en Interieur,
            December/Januari-2008, numer 6- jaargang 19
van Kester, Peter. Rietveld Academie, 100jaar Kneden, glazuren en kleien Collect, Art and Antique journal Nr8 - November 2014

COMMISSIONS
2010-11 Focus, Centrepiece Eye Clinic, Rotterdam
2004-09  porcelain floor-tile for the entrance hall, production Koninkklijke Tichelaar
                 Makkum, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2004-05  Fireplace design and production, Molenaar-Adriaanse, Kats, Netherlands

2004    Artwork "The Forsaken Garden," Joke Smits Prize, Ministry of Welfare and
                 Employment, 
Den Haag
2003-08  Production Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum: Ornament and Tiles, Design and
                 Models, Theatre, Haarlem
2003    Wall Panel, Council Hall, Dordrecht, Netherlands
2000-02 Development of Porcelain Slabs, EEA - Erick van Egeraat
                 Architects, Rotterdam

1998    Stichting Het Woningbedrijf, Amsterdam 
            Building Compagny Ymere, Amsterdam
​            production Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, WAdtegel/ WAdtile
1995    Le retour éternel du ciel, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken/ Ministry of
                 Foreign Affair, Den Haag

1994    Tulipiere III 1996, Amsterdam Luchthaven/ Airport Schiphol, Schiphol,
                 Netherlands

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES
- Visiting lecturer at the Camberwell School of Art, London Institute, England
- Dutch board Ceramic Millennium ‘99
- Design committee, advising the Ministry of OCW Judith Leyster
            Foundation 1987-1994
- Organizing exhibitions 
​            Ceramics in Architecture with Gallery Binnen, Amsterdam
​            Goud omrand- the future handmade, Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam
​            Form and  Sculpture, Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam
​            Ministry of Finance, the Hague
​            Made in China, Nederlandsche Bank/ Ministry of Finance
​            Salah-ad-Din, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden
- lecture Slow Craft -BNO, vrije vormgevers- 2008
- lecture How I shaped a wall - China, Jingdezhen- 2011

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