No Ruins, No Ghosts – Marjolijn de Wit

from Saturday 7 March till Saturday 11 April, 2020

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present No Ruins, No Ghosts, the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Marjolijn de Wit (1979, Bennekom, NL) with the gallery. Having exhibited primarily abroad in recent years, No Ruins, No Ghosts marks De Wit’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands since 2016. 

The works of Marjolijn de Wit appear like vivid puzzles asking to be solved. Often composed from a random mixture of various elements of flora and fauna such as leaves, birds, or flower petals, De Wit disturbs their hierarchy by adding human made objects, abstract painterly shapes, and playing with size, scale and composition that resembles the technique of collage. 

Throughout the rich canvasses, every object and element together resembles the act of a (future) archaeology, challenging the spectator to speculate on the relationship between all parts of the paintings. Unrelated objects appear as debris of a story that has yet to take place, even if it is only in the mind of the spectator entirely. They are the rubble of our society, in which nature is ever so often disrupted by the human urge to control it, and of which De Wit’s works provide a frame for the spectator to constantly find new narratives. 

Distinctive to the practice of De Wit is her use of contemporary signifiers; photographs, records, or pieces that resemble (torn) drawings continuously refer to forms of human creation and the existence of culture as oppositional to the wilderness of nature. Also in her techniques and use of painterly materials De Wit finds balance between aptly directed structures and the freedom of painting. Deliberately anti-aesthetic at times, she often works in a wet-on-wet technique that gives her work a true painterly atmosphere and that echoes the joy she finds in the act of making. What remains, in the end, for the spectator, is the continuously tantalising question of what the narrative of your history will read like, and the challenge to keep solving the puzzle of everything De Wit presents us in her vibrant paintings. 

Marjolijn de Wit (1979, NL) lives and works in Utrecht. She graduated from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda and from 2008 – 2009  she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her museum exhibitions include Torrance Art Museum, Torrance (CA), the De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL), the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL). She has had solo exhibitions at several galeries including Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan (IT) and Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York (US). In 2013 she earned the PULSE Prize, a jury-awarded grant.


(Text by: Menno Vuister)

Biography - Marjolijn de Wit


CV Marjolijn de Wit

Born 1979 in Bennekom, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Amsterdam


1997-2002 Academie voor kunst en vormgeving St. Joost, Breda


2014 Sundaymorning@EKWC, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL (Mondriaan Fund)
2013 Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, BE
2012 Sundaymorning@EKWC, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL
2011 LIAp, Leipzig, DE (Fonds BKVB)
2008-2009 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (NL)

Fellowships, stipends

2015 Beurs bewezen talent, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam
2014 Beurs praktijkverdieping, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam
2013 AFK, developing stipend, Amsterdam
2012 Van Bijleveltstichting, Amsterdam
2012 Stichting Stokroos
2012 Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Project stipend
2010 Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Basis stipend
2009 Mr. R.H. Defares
2008 Mr. R.H. Defares
2008 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam, NL, Jung Talent funding
2005 NBKS, Breda, NL
2004 Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, starter stipend
2003 NBKS, Breda, NL


2018 K.F. Hein Stipend (nominee), NL
2013 PULSE prize, Pulse art fair, New York, US
2007 Royal award for painting, NL

Solo exhibitions (selection)

Online exhibition, Edities, series van 7, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

No Ruins, No Ghosts, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Other Parts of the Scene, Zoo Gallery, Milan, IT

Three Stones Make a Wall, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, US

How Things Act, Asya Geisberg gallery, New York, US
42×60 #19, Paris, FR
Bricks, Bones, Cuts & Stones, Gallery Houg, Paris, FR

Is That All There is…, De Nederlandsche Bank (with Wafae Ahalouch)
De beuk erin, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, NL

Pots are not people, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US

Sundaymorning@EKWC, Final presentation, ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL
Pulse, Pulse PRIZE winner, New York, US
Evidence of their existence, gallery Otto Zoo, Milan, IT

IMPULSE New York, Gallerie Otto Zoo, Milan, US
Re;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Sundaymorning@EKWC, Final presentation, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL

De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL
Re;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Aphia Ziekenhuis, Breda, NL

Otto Zoo, Milaan, IT, ‘Abstract Gardening’ (publication)
Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE, ‘May Rundgang’

Galerie Gist, Amsterdam, NL, ‘This land is your land’

Noord Brabants museum, Den Bosch, NL
Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, ‘No ordinary land’ (exh. cat.)
Livingstone Gallery, De Haag, NL, Uncommon ground (exh. cat.)

Group exhibitions (selection)

Mix. Ceramic Art & Beyond. Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

Salon ’18 / Amersfoort – Utrecht, Rietveld Pavilion, Amersfoort, NL
”If you care to see me you should think about it”, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan, IT
Krijt, De Kade, Amersfoort, NL
Expedition Natur, Kunstverein & Stiftung Springenhornhof, Neuenkirchen, DE

Expedition Nature, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
Fresco et Fruttato, Rotterdam, NL
Kunstlerbucher fur Alles, Artists’ Book for Everything, Museum for Modern Art Bremen, DE
Onvervalst Uitgelicht//zeefdruk in Hoogtij, Amsterdam, NL
Collecie Groen, permanent exhibition, Arnhem, NL
Slices # 1,

Maurits van de Laar, Summer exhibition, Den Haag, NL
Rento Brattinga gallerie, Siteless Survey, Amsterdam, NL
No cover image, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
We like art, Westergas fabriek, Amsterdam, NL

Notre avenir est dans l’air, Antiquarium Alda Levi, Milan, IT
I propose that we take a walk together, Galerie HOUG, Paris, FR
Summershow gallery Otto Zoo, Milaan, IT
Summershow, Galerie HOUG, Paris, FR
GIC bienale, Korea

De Nederlandse Bank / oba, I am not doing anything until i feel the need, Amsterdam, NL
The daylightshow, Suns and stars exhibitions, Ton de Boer, Landgoed Zonnendaal, Hilversum, NL
Start buying art, Westergas fabriek, Amsterdam, NL
Fundbüro, Artists’ publications, Johan Deumens, Amsterdam
Circa dit, Arnhem, NL
2013 Fundbüro, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, ‘RijksakademieOPEN’
Fundbüro, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig, DE
Fundbüro, Lubok, Leipzig, Berlijn, DE

De Schouw, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Het Overschilderschilderij’
Voormalig SM’s, s’Hertogenbosch, NL, ‘Point de Vue’
Westpol, Leipzig, Close Range, DE

CBK, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL
Gartenhaus der Kunst, Munich, DE, ‘Die Spur’ DE
Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, NL, ‘Munt met een missie’

New Dakota, WLA, Amsterdam, NL,
Stichting Outline, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Challenging the myth of the painter’
Bar Babette Berlin, Berlijn, DE, ‘ artist-publication-exhibition’
Billy town, Den Haag, NL, ‘FIZZ’
Galerie Tegenbosch van Vreden, Amsterdam, NL, ‘ Painting’
Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL, ‘WildeBoekenMarkt’
Exposorium Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL, ‘ Balans’

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, ‘RijksakademieOPEN’, (exh. cat.)
MU/KOP, Eindhoven/Breda, NL, ‘Hier en Daar’
Galerie LUMC, Leiden, NL, ‘Aanwinsten LUMC 2007-2009’

Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL, ‘Something and Something Else’, (
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam en Gist Galerie, Brummen, NL, ‘Een schim van gisteren’
De Pont, Tilburg, NL, ‘Brabant Nu: 11 jonge kunstenaars’
Gist Galerie, Brummen, NL, ‘xxl paintings’
Galerie LUMC, Leiden, NL, ‘Onderstroom’
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, ‘RijksakademieOPEN’, (exh. cat.)

Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL, ‘Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2007’, (exh. cat.)
One Twenty Gallery, Gent, BE, ‘Aibophobia’
Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim, en Gist Galerie, Brummen, NL, ‘Dreamland’ (exh. cat.)

Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, ‘Review’
2006 Gebouw F, Breda, en Gist Galerie, Brummen, NL, ‘Still wet’
Godoy World Art, Madrid, ES, ‘Mountain’ (exh. Cat)
Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL, ‘Royal award for Painting’ 2006’, (exh. cat.)

Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Landschap van welbehagen’
‘That Seventies Show’, (exh. cat.); Eindhoven, Den Haag (NL), Berlin (DE), St. Jeure d’Andaure (FR);

Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Royal award for Painting’ 2004’, (exh. cat.)
NBKS, Breda, NL, ‘Twintigers’
Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL, ‘Match’, met NBKS, Breda, NL
AYAC’S, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Dubbelzien’
NBKS, Breda, NL, ‘Salon VII’

Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Royal award for Painting 2003’, (exh. cat.)

Artfairs (selection)

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Gerhard Hofland gallery, Amsterdam, NL

EXPO Chicago, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US
NADA NY, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US
ZONA MACO, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US

ALAC, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US

Nada Miami , Asya Geisberg, Gallery New York, US
untitled miami, with Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, US
EAB fair ’15, New York, US
Unseen photo fair Amsterdam, NL
Wiels art book fair, Brussels, BE

Offprint Paris 2014, Parijs (fr)2014 Unseen, Johan Deumens gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Unseen, boekenbeurs, Johan Deumens, Westergas fabriek, Amsterdam, NL
Print art Fair, Frans Masereel centrum, Kasterlee, BE

Art Basel Miami, Printed Matter New York, US
MACG Art Book Fair, Mexico City
Artbookberlin 2013, Berlin, DE
Pulse, Miami, Gallery Otto Zoo, Milan, US
IMPULSE New York, Gallerie Otto Zoo, Milan, US
RE;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

RE;Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Arte Fiera, Bologna, IT Galerie Otto Zoo, Milan, IT

The Others, Turijn, Galerie Otto Zoo, Milan, IT

Art Fair 21, Köln, Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, One Twenty Gallery, Gent, BE
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, GIST, Amsterdam, NL

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Galerie Willy Schoots, Livingstone Gallery, NL
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag, NL

Art Cologne, Köln, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag, NL
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam Galerie Willy Schoots, Livingstone Gallery, NL

Publications and reviews
2016 Slices # 1,
2015 Pots are not people
2015 GICB
2013 Fundbüro, Marjolijn de Wit and Henriette Grahnert
2013 De onconventionele atlas van Amsterdam (2013) in samenwering met Aquil Copier
2011 De kleine tripkau enceclopedy
2011 Z.T., Leipzig
2011 ‘Abstract gardening’
2009 How to get from A to B
2008 ‘Something and something else’, Océ, Venlo
2007 ‘Koninklijke prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst 2007’
2007 ‘Dreamland’, GIST Brummen en Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
2006’ Mountain’, Godoy World Art, Madrid, SP
2006 ‘Met Stip 2006’, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL
2006 ‘Uncommon ground’, Livingstone Editions, Den haag, NL; Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, NL
2005 ‘That seventies show’, Livingstone Editions, Den Haag en Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven


2016 Guest teacher HKU, Utrecht
2012 Advisor PRO deo, Stroom Den Haag
2011 Leerling meester Kunstpodium T, Tilburg
2011 Munt met een missie, opdracht
2009 – now Teacher Kunstacademie AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch
2009 Guest teacher HKU, Utrecht
2007 Guest teacher HKU, Utrecht
2007 De Pont, Tilburg, NL, ‘Artist talk’, NBKS


Caldic collection
Altrecht GGZ
Rechtbank Haarlem, NL
Fontys Collectie, Tilburg, NL
Kunstcollectie KPMG, NL
Kunstcollectie Stichting Océ Kunstbezit, Venlo, NL
Achmea Kunstcollectie, Zeist, NL
Eneco Kunstcollectie, NL
AMC Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam, NL
Kunstcollectie LUMC, Leiden, NL
Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie Rabo vastgoedgroep
Private collections