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Galleria Umberto Benappi
Turin, Italy
scheduled for September 2023

Drawings by amongst others Sandra Vasques de la Horra, Juul Kraijer, Christian Lhopital, Barthélémy Toguo.
Curated by Lóránd Hegyi.



An exhibition to celebrate three decades of Galeria Monica de Cardenas
with works by amongst others Stephan Balkenhol, Peter Doig, Craigie Horsfield, Chantal Joffe, Alex Katz, Juul Kraijer, Claudia Losi, Lutz and Guggisberg, Christine Streuli and Thomas Struth.

Galeria Monica de Cardenas
Milan, Italy
14 February - 11 March 2023


Inauguration exhibition of the second gallery location 21 rue Chapon
with works by amongst others Helena Almeida, Charles Freger, Juul Kraijer, Katinka Lampe, Nelli Palomäki.

Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire
Paris, France
4 February - 1 April 2023



Wenn du der Träumer bist, bin ich dein Traum

4:18 min., no sound
actor: Esme Ashby
camera: Era Vati
VFX - CGI: Creative Fields, Canada
colorist: Laurent Fluttert
made possible by the support of Makersloket Rotterdam, an initiative of Stichting Droom en Daad.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved in this project: Esme and Emma Ashby who came all the way from London for the shooting, Era Vati and Jacques Perconte for their invaluable technical support, Laurent Fluttert for his generosity and zen-like calm, Greg Marshall of Creative Fields for his wonderful patience and dedication during our many months of remote collaboration in which innumerable bee versions went from Calgary to Rotterdam. And last but not least Stichting Droom en Daad without whose incredibly generous financial support this artistic experiment would not have been possible. 

Zonder Titel
25 kunstenaars met een band met Assen

Podium voor hedendaagse kunst

Kerkstraat 21, Assen
The Netherlands
19 november 2022 - 6 januari 2023



Transfigurations en Souplesse
Photographs and a video work by Juul Kraijer and Alice Laloy

Galerie Les 3 Lacs
Université de Lille, France
November 8th - 30th 2022
curated by Ariane Martinez

DAPHNE OHNE APOLL. Verwandlungen von Richter bis Lassnig aus der Sammlung Klöcker.
13 March - 31 July 2022
Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen

The exhibition showcases works from the Klöcker Collection that depict the transformations of creatures or objects into something else. For 30 years now, Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker from Bad Homburg have been collecting art with a personal focus, namely portrayals of women. The couple’s collection of such portraits includes works by both male and female artist. To date, they have assembled a wide variety of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures ranging from the post-War period to the present which entail surprising positions and striking metamorphoses.
Metamorphoses are very noticeably present in contemporary art, where they take a tremendous number of different shapes. The Daphne without Apollo exhibition attempts to shed light on the possible interpretations of transformations by means of a broad range of examples by a wide variety of artists. Whether they are rooted in tradition or are more forward-looking, metamorphoses of humans and animals or plants can offer new insights into the natural world, especially in today’s technological society which is so defined by digital culture and thus our indirect and virtual experience of reality.

Siegfried Anzinger - Ali Banisadr - Hans Bellmer - Sibylle Bergemann - Jürgen Brodwolf - Guillaume Bruère - Damien Cabanes - Lynn Chadwick - Kevin Clarke - Tony Cragg - Isabelle Dutoit - Bea Emsbach - Leonor Fini - Erich Gruber - Ulrich Hachulla - Angela Hampel - Peter Hauenschild & Georg Ritter - Gottfried Helnwein - Leiko Ikemura - Erich Kissing - Bernd Koller - Juul Kraijer - Maria Lassnig - Eugène Leroy - Wolfgang Mattheuer - Louise Nevelson - Sigmar Polke - Paula Rego - Gerhard Richter - Arno Rink - Eugen Schönebeck - Thomas Schütte - Kiki Smith - Nancy Spero - Strawalde - TOMAK - Werner Tübke - Paloma Varga Weisz



Der Blick auf das Weibliche von Albrecht Dürer bis Marina Abramovic.
24 October 2021 - 20 February 2022

In sechs Ausstellungskapiteln werden verschiedene Facetten des Blicks auf den weiblichen Körper präsentiert. Dabei steht nicht nur der schöne, verführerische, intakte Körper im Fokus, sondern auch der verletzte, entstellte oder gealterte Frauenleib. Gezeigt werden Gemälde, Graphiken, Skulpturen, Fotos und Videos bedeutender Künstlerinnen und Künstler des 16. bis 21. Jahrhunderts, darunter Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Lovis Corinth, Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, Maria Lassnig und Cindy Sherman. Das breite Spektrum hochkarätiger, internationaler Leihgaben, etwa aus Paris, Wien, Den Haag und Berlin, macht die Ausstellung zu einem spektakulären kulturellen Ereignis.

Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg


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15 minute
Lisa Boerstra
part of the series Hollandse Meesters in de 21e Eeuw
available on dvd with English subtitles from
the documentary 'Juul Kraijer' has been broadcasted on Dutch tv
and can be seen on

3 minute documentary
Kim Everdine Zeegers
Dutch spoken with English subtitles
produced by De Ketelfactory to accompany the solo exhibition 'S'
can be
watched online:

Huis Marseille Museum for Photography x MAP Bangalore
9 minute episode
A collaboration between Huis Marseille Museum for Photography (Amsterdam) and the Museum for Art and Photography (Bangalore).
In this episode, Lotte van Es and Shilpa Vijayakrishnan discuss a photograph by Juul Kraijer from the collection of Huis Marseille and an 18th century miniature painting from the collection of MAP Bangalore, exploring themes of transcultural exchange across time and space.
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Six available books about the works of Juul Kraijer:::
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Histoire de la souplesse extrême en Occident, XIe - XXIe siècles

Ariane Martinez

Cet ouvrage retrace l’évolution de la contorsion du XIXe au XXIe siècle avec une optique anthropologique. Cet art sensible n’a pas toujours été une pratique féminine et érotisée : il s’inscrit dans une histoire plus large du corps et de sa perception. En présentant des images et documents d’archives aussi bien que des témoignages d’artistes contemporaines – dont le nom et la parole sont encore à faire entendre –, Ariane Martinez retrace les mutations du regard porté sur les corps et la practique de la souplesse.

271 pages, 23 x 16 cm, publié par la Société d’histoire du théâtre, Paris, 2021


Photographs that make you think
Henry Carroll

An innovative and insightful look at our relationship with animals in the age of the Anthropocene from bestselling author Henry Carroll with original images from an innovative array of contemporary photographers
See through the eyes of a new generation of photographers responding to the rapidly unfolding issues shaping our lives. In this series of small, revealing, and beautifully presented books, Henry Carroll, the bestselling photography writer of the last decade, considers the ideas behind images to present personal perspectives on climate change, race, sexuality, gender, faith, inequality, beauty, power, and the natural world. In this second book of the series, ANIMALS, Carroll deep-dives into an ecosystem of contemporary images to consider how we relate to animals in the Anthropocene. His accessible analysis of emotive imagery suggests that our appreciation for some animals and disregard, or repulsion, for others is shaped by our own physicality as much as theirs. He shows how the conventions of natural history offer a very politicized understanding of fauna and how the role of animals as spiritual, cultural, and personal symbols can be an equally valid means of classification.
Carroll reflects on the psychological power struggles infusing our daily interactions with animals and unpacks the photographers’ visual insights relating to our treatment of animals, whether it’s the way we pamper them as pets or consume them to excess. In this diverse collection of arresting images and engaging text, Carroll regards the photographers as modern-day philosophers, original thinkers who show us how to fuse technique, concept, and imagination in order to pose intriguing questions about the animal kingdom and human nature. For both the creators and consumers of images, this timely book contains a treasure trove of meaningful visual reflections that will prompt you to rethink your relationship with animals both domestic and wild.

144 pages, 55 color and black-and-white photographs, published by Abrams Image, 2021

De keus van de kunstenaar
Dutch arthistory magazine Kunstschrift invited Juul Kraijer to write an article on artworks that inspired her practice.
She chose three sculptures: life-size stone female figures. A 10th/11th c. South Indian yogini, a 13th c. personification of the synagoge from the Bamberg cathedral and the 16th c. gisant of Anne de Bretagne from the Saint-Denis near Paris.


Multilingual Italian online magazine conceived in the spring of 2020 to offer a counterweight to corona. A platform for art and thought where artists and writers share what occupies them during lockdown and after. Issue #3 contains a contribution by Juul Kraijer.

Narratives in Contemporary Art
Five Essays
Lóránd Hegyi
SylvanaEditoriale, 2019


The Photography Book
Nathalie Herschdorfer

Capturing the complex and often paradoxical relationship we have with our bodies - from fantasy to reality and curiosity to obsession - Body is a timely hommage to, and introspection of, the human form as it sits in our current culture.
360 color illustrations

The landmark photographic survey of the human body at a moment when body image and body politics are being redefined. Available in:
French (Mercator Fund)
English (Thames & Hudson)
Italian (Einaudi)

Photography and its Counter-Practices
Ernst van Alphen

Failed Images attempts to understand the divergence between photography and the reality it portrays, analysing the various ways the photograph transforms that which exists in front of the camera. Photography is not only determined by technical features, but also by a conventional approach to it. This approach can be recognized in what is now called a 'snapshot'. But he photographic medium enables also very different practices and as a result very differnt kinds of photographic images. To see this, one needs to look at the diversity of photographic images and practices outside the dominant approach. Using close readings of the work of amongst others Cindy Sherman, Thomas Ruf, Dirk Braeckman, Juul Kraijer and Awoiska van der Molen, this book explores the photographic image by focusing on photographic practices refusing the dominant approach to the medium, namely staged photography, blurred photography, under- and overexposed photography and archival photography.

Ernst van Alphen is professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University (NL). Previously he was Queen Beatrix Professor of Dutch Studies and Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He has published not only on literature, but also many books on art and photography.
Specifications - 17 x 23 cm, 286 pages. ill. bw. Language: English.
Published by Valiz, 2018, in the Vis-a-Vis Series.

The Human Figure in Contemporary Art
Roger Malbert


Roger Malbert is Senior Curator, Hayward Touring at the Hayward Gallery, London, and has now released the book 'Drawing People'. 
The book is a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today.
An introduction places the medium of drawing in its historical context, discussing its intersection with photography, painting, collage and illustration.
Chapters on Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality and Fictions include short introductions outlining each theme, followed by commentaries on
individual artists exploring their style, ideas and techniques, accompanied by finely reproduced images of their recent work.
Specifications - 34 x 24 cm. Flexibound. 256 pages. 318 Illustrations, 246 in colour. Language: English.
Thames and Hudson, UK, 2015


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P.F. Thomése
De onderwaterzwemmer
& Schaduwkind
Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2015
On both covers a drawing by Juul Kraijer: Untitled, 2004, pastel and crayon on blue paper & Untitled, 2006-7, crayon on blue paper.
P.F. Thomése
Verzameld Nachtwerk

Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2016
On the cover a photograph by Juul Kraijer: Untitled, 2012.



Radio-interview met Juul Kraijer door Nicole Terborg 6 juni 2017. 10 min.

MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN Collection website."Bij elke overstroming vrees ik voor mijn tekeningen"Interview by Irene Start, september 2016

GEO Wissen #57. Angst. May 2016, Germany

BLOW Photo #13. Surreal.
November 2015, Ireland

JUXTAPOZ. Drawings by Juul Kraijer.April 2015, U.S.A.

CANVAS.BE Vrijdag Visdag 2 oktober 2015
De Bezoeking. De visjes van Juul Kraijer.
Myriam Verschaeren

sept/okt 2015
De Wandeling. De negensprong van Juul Kraijer. Het bos in ons.
Maria Barnas

Radio-interview met Juul Kraijer door Gijsbert van der Wal
26 mei 2015. 11 min.

De mysterieuze slangen van Juul Kraijer.
Ton Hendriks, 19 January 2015.

Unter Schlangen und Fliegen. Die Juul Kraijer-Ausstellung in Giessen.
7 January 2015

Interview met Juul Kraijer
door Sarah Spaans, 26 November 2014.

17 September 2014
Wapping Project
Bankside reopens in Mayfair.
Gemma Padley.

THE EVENING STANDARD 22 September 2014
Juul Kraijer, The Wapping Project
- exhibition review: 'extraordinary, unsettling and beautiful images'. Sue Steward.

THE GUARDIAN 14 August 2014
My best shot.
Juul Kraijer's best photograph: a model with a python squeezing her head.
Interview by Karin Andreasson.

ZOOM MAGAZINE #113 The Future of Portrait.
Juul Kraijer.
Kate Freedman, 8 page feature, EN/IT. Summer 2014, Italy

VISUAL Archive (magazine)
Cover image + 2 page feature on photographs by Juul Kraijer.
April 2014, U.S.A.

De Slangen van Juul Kraijer
/ Juul Kraijer's Snakes. Door Marcel van der Voort.

#1 2014
Crossover. Kort interview met Juul Kraijer door
Etienne Boileau

8 page feature on photographs and drawings by Juul Kraijer.
December 2013, Korea 30

Modern Dutch Surreal Photography. Photographs by Juul Kraijer. Jim Casper, December 2013

IMA #6
Newwave in Photography Vol.1. Dutch Photo Scene. December 2013, Japan

Experimental Photography. The Rediscovery of the World. Ruby Beesley, August 2013, UK

NUMERO (China)
The Rediscovery of the World.
Autumn 2013

persoonlijke essays over kunst
Gijsbert van der Wal
paperback, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2013

The Art of Drawing
Marc Valli & Ana Ibarra
Laurence King Publishing, 2013, UK
hardcover, 320 pages