Hadassah Emmerich was born in 1974, in the Netherlands
She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Hadassah Emmerich explores recurring themes like the body and identity, the sensory and the sensual, the commodification of the erotic and the exotic. The sensuality of her painting resides not only on the surface of the erotic image, but also in her refined use of colour and technical execution. Since 2016, Emmerich has worked with a new painting technique, using stencils cut from vinyl flooring, which she covers with ink and then impresses onto canvas, paper or a wall. Referring to the visual language of advertising and Pop art, she creates images that both aestheticise and problematize the female body. She depicts the paradox of simultaneous attraction and repulsion, intimacy and cool detachment, seduction and critique. In this way, Emmerich succeeds in making the act of looking truly provocative.

Hadassah Emmerich studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, HISK Flanders and Goldsmiths College, London. She had exhibitions at Bonnefanten, Maastricht, NL; Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort, NL; The Royal Palace, Amsterdam, NL; CENTRALE for contemporary art, Brussels, BE; ISA Art Gallery, Jakarta, ID; De Garage, Mechelen BE; KANAL, Brussels, BE; Museum Arnhem, NL; GEM, The Hague, NL; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE; SCHUNCK, Heerlen, NL. Her work is represented in the collections of a.o. Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Federal Government, Brussels; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; Bonnefanten, Maastricht; Flemish Parliament, Brussels; Kunstmuseum Den Haag; Museum Arnhem, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague.



  • 2003 – 2005 M.A. in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
  • 1997 – 2000 Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp
  • 1993 – 1997 Academy of Fine Art, Maastricht

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2023Botanical Body Bliss, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
  • 2022 Beating Around the Bush #7: False Flat, one of four solo presentations, Bonnefanten Maastricht
    Hips don’t lie, Be-Part, Waregem (B) [cat.]
  • 2021 radioactive mother tongue, Manifold Books, Amsterdam
    Beyond the Reef, Rectangle, Brussel (Online Viewing Room:
  • 2019 Body Talk, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel (B)
    The Great Ephemeral Skin, De Garage Mechelen (B)

  • 2017 Ulterior Motives, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2016 Contre Jour, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel (B)
  • 2014 CORPOREAL, Schunck*, Heerlen
  • 2010 Ornament und Verbrechen, Palais Aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt
    Séance, Galerie Schau Ort, Zürich
    Exopolis, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
    La Charmeuse de Serpents, Hendershot Gallery, New York
  • 2009 The Collector’s Room, Münzsalon, Berlin
  • 2008 Vehbi Zumbul Zadi, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
    Ghosts ‘n Garlands, New Image Art Gallery projectspace, Los Angeles
    Salon, Galeria Kordegarda (part of Zacheta National Gallery of Art), Warsaw
    Ornamentalia, Invaliden1, Berlin
    Casino Exotique, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  • 2006 Tigerlily Legacy, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
    Mixed Blood Banana Shake, Fritschy Cultuurprijs, Museum Het Domein, Sittard
    Volta Show 02, Basel (with Galerie Akinci)
  • 2005 With Love from Batik Babe, GEM, The Hague
    Confessional Vapour Trails, Buro Leeuwarden
  • 2003 Ambitious Batik Babe, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
  • 2002 Homeworks, (with Benoît Hermans) Marres, Maastricht

Group Shows

  • 2023
    EARTH, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam
    KISS MY SOUL, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht
  • 2022 Recurrent Effervescence, duo show with Luca Vanello, Whitehouse Gallery Lovenjoel (B)
    Abrasive Paradise, Kunsthal Kade Amersfoort (NL) [cat.]
    Beyond Printed Matter, Willem Twee Kunstruimte, ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
    Sowieso (Anyhow), Omstand Arnhem, curated by Lieven Hendriks and Ide André.
    Reverberation (Tribute to Hendra Gunawan), ISA Art & Design, Jakarta
    4 x 4, WARP platform for contemporary art, Sint Niklaas (B)
    Paper Show, Whitehouse Gallery Lovenjoel (B)
  • 2021 Trailblazers, Royal Palace, Amsterdam, curated by Mirjam Westen and Richard Kofi [cat.]
    Inhabitants, duo show with Hanna Stiegeler, The Tail, Brussels
    ACME Vision, SB34thepool, Brussels, curated by Lucien Roux
    Rhapsody in Blue, Villa Zéphyr, Westende, curated by Isolde de Buck
    BXL Universel II: Multipli.City, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels [cat.]
    Meet me in the Middle, Parts Project, The Hague, curated by Judith de Bruin and Madelon van Schie [cat.]
    Collector’s Item, (conveyance of Collection Pieter and Marieke Sanders), Centraal Museum, Utrecht [cat.]
    MONO, come up and see my prints, Jakob Smits Museum, Mol (B), curated by Tom Liekens [cat.]

  • 2020
    Collector’s Item, the contemporary art collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders, Centraal Museum Utrecht
    MONO, come up and see my prints, Jakob Smitsmuseum, Mol, curated by Tom Liekens
    SPACES, an exhibition of large scale artworks, ISA ART & DESIGN, Art Jakarta Virtual
    Buah Tangan, ISA Art & Design, Jakarta
    Zwischenräume, ROSALUX, Berlin, curated by Cigdem Caglayan
    Limburg Biënale, Marres, Maastricht
    Well, first of all, FOULPLAY/STALEBREAD, Ateliers Kersenboomgaard, Utrecht
    NEW SAINTS, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels
    Salon des Artistes, summer show at various locations, Ronse (B)
  • 2019
    What if Women Ruled the World, Garage Rotterdam, curated by Imke Ruigrok
    A Garden Party, Château Nour, Brussels
    Come Closer, d’Aspremont – Lynden Castle, Oud-Rekem (B), curated by Annemie van Laethem/ Eric Croux
    The HISK Connection, KANAL- Centre Pompidou, Brussels, curated by Antony Hudek
    Easy Care Holiday Hair, Gerhard Hofand gallery, Amsterdam, curated by Koen Doodeman
    Le petit cerle Bruxellois, Institut de Carton, Avenu de Jette, Brussels
  • 2018
    The Secret Life of Materials, Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven, curated by Stef van Bellingen
    The Line Up, the power of drawing,Centraal Museum Utrecht
    Whitehouse Gym, Group show gallery artists, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel
    Realacesonce, Night Shop project, Brussel, curated by Dome Wood
    The Realm, curated by Tom Nys, Observatorium/Meatpack, Antwerp
    Neue Heimat, curated by Sarie Nijboer and Eveline van de Griend, Willem Twee, Den Bosch
    Ball Paradox, curated by Lea Pagenkemper and Fabian Seyd, Café Keese,
    Islands in the Stream, duo presentation with Nadia Naveau, PARK Platform for Visual Arts,
    Icarus Revisited, Galerie Post & Garcia,
    Last Dance, Autocenter guest at KINDL, Berlin
    Toy Bitches Fuck You, Galerie Kai Erdmann, Hamburg
  • 2017
    Meaning gets unstable, curated by Sabine Gamper, Galleria Doris Ghetta, South Tirol
    Collection Jacques and Many Defauwes, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
    Artist is Electron, curated by Dominic Wood, Superdeals Brussels
    Celibataire Divas, Herkenrode Refuge, Hasselt
    Body Double, Visser Gallery, Brussels
  • 2016
    Illusion and Revelation, Collection exhibition, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht
    In a State of Flux, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam
    Common Ground, Gallery Post + Garcia, Maastricht
    Poppositions, La Vallée, Brussels, represented by Art Agent Orange/ Trendbeheer
    Art Rotterdam Intersections, represented by Art Agent Orange/ Trendbeheer
  • 2015
    Koempels, Framer Framed, Amsterdam
    Arte Concordia, curated by Olphaert den Otter, Avenue Concordia, Rotterdam,
    Now Age, curated by Yasmijn Jarram, Garage Rotterdam
    Het Verschil Schilderen, curated by Joannes Késenne, Casino Modern, Genk
    Weiner Wall, temporary wallpainting, Tetterode Building, M4 Gastatelier, Amsterdam
    A Belgian Politician, Marion de Cannière Art Space, Antwerp [cat.]
  • 2014
    Beating around the Bush#4, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
    Paper Works, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
    Amsterdam Drawing, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
    Schilderkunst op Drift, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam
    Indisch DNA, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn
    A new King, a new Portrait, 12 proposals for a new state portrait, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • 2013
    Mythe en Mystiek in het Landschap, Drawing Centre Diepenheim
    Coup de Ville, attracted to another level, Warp Foundation, Sint Niklaas
    EinDruck Ausstellung, Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig
    Gratis is het Woord niet, curated by Justine Leclercq, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
    Berlin Klondyke, travelling exhibition, curated by Daniela von Arnim, Irmelin and Reinhald Nohal
    Appassionata, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg
    D(e)utsch Treat, curated by Geeske Bijker, DADA Post, Berlin
    Dawn of the Hermetics, Bar Babette, Berlin
  • 2012
    Through an Open Window, selection from the Rabo Art Collection, Institut Néerlandais, Paris
    ManifestlyPresent, curated by Annemie van Laethem, Kasteel Oud Rekem
    Dutch Identity? Half sugar half sand, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere
    Conquering the Wall. A contemporary look at Nazarene frescoes, Arp Museum, Rolandseck
    Berlin. Status(1), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
    Ekstase und Leidenschaft, curated by Dominic Wood & Hadassah Emmerich, Zionskirchstrasse 52, Berlin
  • 2011
    The Collector’s Show, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
    Sowing and Weeding, Folkculture in Contemporary Art, Cobramuseum, Amstelveen
    All About Drawing, 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam
    La Vallée Patibulaire, curated by Caro Bitterman, Caro Suerkemper, Catherine Lorent and Peter Duka, Berlin
    Guesthouse, RAIR, Rotterdam
  • 2010
    As you desire me, curated by Raluca Voinea, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu
    14th Vilnius Painting Triennial, C.A.C. Vilnius
    Amsterdam – Berlin, de Service Garage, Amsterdam
    Madonna Psycho Slut, curated by Despina Stokau, Grimmuseum, Berlin
    Le Cercle Infernal, curated by Hadassah Emmerich, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
    Global Design, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich
  • 2009
    Beyond the Dutch, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
    Towing the Line, curated by Jo-Anneke van der Meulen en Louky Keijsers, White Box, NY
    Bad Moon Rising 4, curated by Jan van Woensel, Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels
    The Cassini Cruise, Ardi Poels Projects, Maastricht
    The Armory Show (with Galerie Akinci), New York
    .NL, curated by Jan van der Ploeg. DREI Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Cologne
    Emmerich, Ganesh, Nelson, Yoo, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
  • 2008
    Dark Continents, MOCA North Miami
    Baltic Biennial 2008, Rauma Museum, Rauma
    Signes Mouvants, curated by Roel Arkesteijn, Institut Néerlandais, Paris
    Hotel Mariakapel: A novel by Katie Jane, curated by Catherine Hemelryck, Hoorn
    Be(com)ing Dutch, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
    In the Shadows. Images of the new pop romanticism, Kunstverein Wolfsburg
    Gegen den Strich, Bielefelder Kunstverein
  • 2007
    Prospect Park II, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
    Gegen den Strich, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
    Cultural Confusion, Elisabeth Kaufmann Galerie, Zürich
  • 2006
    Globos Sonda/Trial Balloons, MUSAC, Léon
    Solitude, curated by Michael Bank Christoffersen, Upstairs Berlin
    Public Image, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg

Selected Bibliography

  • 2014 CORPOREAL in cooperation with Kerber Verlag and Schunck*, Heerlen
  • 2010 Exopolis, in cooperation with Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
  • 2008 Casino Exotique, in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  • 2006 Fritschy Cultuurprijs, Museum Het Domein, Sittard
  • 2005 With Love from Batik Babe, Museum GEM, The Hague


  • 2014
    Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao (granted by Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam)
  • 2012
    Projectstudio, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (granted by Mondriaan Funds, Amsterdam)
  • 2007/08
    Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (granted by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam)
  • 2006
    AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp
    Antena Projects, Yogyakarta
  • 2002
    Duende studios, Rotterdam


  • 2019
    Indoor wall painting, Netherland Embassy, Jakarta
  • 2015
    Indoor wall painting, FramerFramed, Amsterdam
  • 2013
    Outdoor wall painting, Spoorsingel Heerlen, commissioned by municipality of Heerlen
    Indoor wall painting, APG building Heerlen, commissioned by APG art committee
  • 2012
    Indoor wall painting, Atrium hospital, Heerlen
  • 2006
    Indoor wall painting, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Jakarta
    Indoor wall painting, Student Service Center, Maastricht

Public Collections

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Schunck, Heerlen
Kunstmuseum, Den Haag
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Rabobank Nederland
Various international private and corporate collections