Arthur Kleinjan studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and later also at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2001 until 2002.

He is particularly drawn to the media of photography and video. His work attempts to explore human experience in relation to the metaphysical experience of time, place and identity. Kleinjan integrates the viewer by playing with these concepts. He does this for example by transforming seemingly ordinary and simple moments into something unique. In his photo series ‘Paris Looks’ he photographs the uncomfortable poses and gestures that accompany the ‘holiday photo’. Whilst each individual tourist takes position for his or her travel companion, Kleinjan as a second photographer captures the scene from an elevated viewpoint. Despite this distanced perspective, these images have a certain intimacy and fragility, via which the viewer identifies him or herself with the piece. Kleinjan is able to register these scenes at such an exact point as to bring out the spectacle in them, as if the tourists are actors on a stage. He demonstrates how they allow themselves to be immortalised in an attempt to resist the passing of time, attempting to obtain something meaningful at a later point in the form of memory.

Video works by the artist also show his keen interest for the themes of time and place. His work ‘Traverse’ has a cinematographic, narrative nature. It is a complex story that traverses narrated childhood memories, recent experience and dream. It is not clear whether the central figure of the piece is dreaming what he had experienced or that he is experiencing that what he had dreamed. His work is located in the space where reality, memory and dream meet.

‘Moments of Considered Time’ was shown at ‘ROAM’, the first time this most recent work had been seen in the Netherlands. It interweaves images of modern Cairo with the history of film, photography and Egypt itself. This together with personal observations and memories creates a complex work of undeniable interest.



  • 2001 – 2002 Rijks Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, (NL)
  • 1989 – 1993 Academy of Fine Arts, Rotterdam, (NL)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009 Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
  • 2006 Loop Video Fair, Barcelona (ES)
  • 2005 Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, (Egypt)

  • 2004 Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2003 Sammlung Essl, Wenen(AT)
  • 2002 Western Front, Vancouver (CA)
  • 2001 2YK Galerie, Berlin (DE)
    TENT., Rotterdam, (NL)
  • 1998 Museum Van Nagsael, Rotterdam, (NL)
  • 1995 SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, (NL)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 Bienalsur, Museo de Arte Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    ‘Ritournelle’, Espace d’Art Contemporain de la Fondation Salomon, Annecy (France)
  • 2016 ‘Video Video’, 7e Festival D’Art Video en Bourgogne, (France)
    ‘Layers #1’, screening at Worm, Rotterdam (NL)
    Screening at Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris (France)
    ‘Amongst Treasures’  exhibition space De Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2014 Billboard project at Museum Lazienki Kroleweski, Warsaw, (Poland)

  • 2013 ‘5x Rijksakademie alumni’, Gallery Ron Mandos (NL)
    ‘Geografie van verbeelding’, Exposorium VU Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2012 ‘More to tell’, Museum Het Domein, Sittard (NL)
    ‘Action Frame’, teatro Franco Parenti, Milan (Italy)
    Côté court film Festival, Pantin (France)
  • 2011 Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
    21Rozendaal, Enschede, (NL)
    Musée-cháteu a’Annecy, Annecy, (FR)
    Iatu Cultural, Sao Paulo, (Brasil)
    Parkhaus Projects, Berlin, (DE)
  • 2010 “Video” XXI, Colecccion Lemaitre”, Museo de Art de Lima, Lima, (Peru)
    ARCO, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid, (ES)
  • 2009 Moments Of Considered Time, Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
    Trafo Gallery, Budapest, (Hungary)
    Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, (USA)
    Cermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, (FR)
    Signes de Nuit Festival, Paris, (FR)
  • 2008 ARCO, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid (ES)
    Collection Videos & Films Lemaître, Kunsthalle Kiel (DE)
    International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)
    Fotography & video, exhibition with Domitille Chaudieu en Jean-Paul Dumas-Grillet, Gallery Vieille du Temple, Paris (FR)
    Hara Museum Tokyo, (Japan)
    EMAF, Osnabruck, (DE)
    “Video Dumbo”, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, (USA)
    ‘Tijdelijk Museum’, SMART, Amsterdam, (NL)
    Courtisane, Brugge, (BE)
  • 2007 Cine y Casi Cine, Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES)
    About Time II, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg (DK)
    New York Video festival, Scanners, Lincoln Filmcenter, New York (USA)
    Signos de la ciudad, CAAC / Centro Anduluz de Arte Comtemporaneo, Seville (ES)
    Signos de la ciudad, Center of Culture Former Instututo of Gijon, Gijon (ES)
    Gala of the year, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2006 FIAC, Galerie Ron Mandos, Paris (FR)
    ROAM, with Silvia B., Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
    Biennale Busan, Museum of Modern Art Busan (South-Korea)
    Body ad Soul, FRAC, Marseille (FR)
    Optica 06, International Video Art Festival, Gijon (ES)
    Architectual Quotations,Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, (NL)
    Digital Art festival, Changzhou (CN)
  • 2005 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (CA)
    DIVA Artfair, New York (USA)
    Crysalis, Biennal d’arte contemporanea Bari (IT)
    Galerie der stadt Wels (AT)
    Selectie 05, CBK, Dordrecht, (NL)
    DIVA Artfair, Brussels (BE)
    Kunstrai, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
    Threat Zone, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio (USA)
  • 2004 Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, (NL)
    Prospecten van nooit…., TENT., Rotterdam, (NL)
  • 2003 LAB, Kopenhagen, (DK)
    Monitoring, Kulturbahnhof, Kassel (DE)
  • 2002 Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (CN)
    De Vishal, Haarlem, (NL)
    Visualeyez, Edmonton (CA)
    Galerie 39 / ACF, Amsterdam, (NL)
  • 2001 Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona (ES)
  • 2000 Mercer Union, Toronto (CA)
    SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, (NL)
  • 1999 Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL, Montréal (CA)
  • 1998 Voorjaarscollectie1998, Duende, Rotterdam, (NL)
  • 1997 Kunstrai/Uitgelicht 2, Amsterdam, (NL)
  • 1996 Museum van Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, (NL)


  • 2006 Moments of Considered Time, Veenmanpublishers
  • 2005 Display, Artimo
  • 2003 Arthur Kleinjan, Sammlung Essl
    The sound of video, LAB

  • 2002 Prix de Rome 2000, Prix de Rome
  • 2001 The art of waiting, SMART / Schiphol Airport
  • 2000 Paris Looks, Artimo
  • 1997 Prix de Rome 1997, Prix de Rome
    Uitgelicht 2, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten

Residencies / Awards

  • 2017 Residency Buenos Aires, AR
  • 2010 Residency Futura projects, Prague, CZ
  • 2005 Residency Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt
    Red dot award, Mediamatic, NL

  • 2002 Longlist Prix de Rome, NL
  • 1997 Longlist Prix de Rome, NL

Public Commissions

  • 2013 UMC, Utrecht, NL
  • 2011 City hall, Heemskerk, NL
  • 2010 Housing project Lombardijen, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2008 UMC, Utrecht, NL
  • 2007 City hall, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2003 VU, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2001 Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, NL