The Essential

by Martin & Inge Riebeek

500 video portraits / 23 countries

TELLING STORIES / March 12 - Sept 27
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The Essential - A Decade of Video Portraits

‘The Essential’ reveals the ways in which we are unique, but also the similarities we share, despite our differences. Artists Martin and Inge Riebeek have been actively collecting stories from people around the world since 2010. The people they portray tell about what matters most to them, or what is essential in their lives. The resulting body of work thus far contains more than 600 video portraits of individuals from 23 countries. This book is a celebration of this past decade of work by the Riebeeks. It gives an overview of the video portraits and transcripts of the subjects’ personal and revealing monologues, in turn accompanied by additional anecdotes and insights from the artists.

Martin & Inge Riebeek
Publisher The Eriskay Connection
ISBN 9789492051523

256 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English. € 32,-

Review: Brabant Cultureel

Interviews: Anneke van Wolfswinkel. Interviewees: Hendrik Driessen, Verily Klaassen, Jim van Os.


Boek afbeelding 1 Boek afbeelding 2 Boek afbeelding 3 Boek afbeelding 4

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Video art project The Essential

For video art project The Essential artists Martin and Inge Riebeek collect the stories of people around the world. In these stories people tell about what matters most to them and what is essential in their lives. Hundreds of people from a total of 23 countries have shared their answers in the past decade. Martin and Inge still collect new stories, as they long to give a voice to every type of person in existence. The Essential reveals the ways in which we are unique, but also the similarities we share despite our differences. The stories also show what is happening in the world right now, at times revealing a disturbing, yet important message.

Online exhibitions

Every few months Martin and Inge will display a selection of stories online, as an addition to several exhibitions and screenings. You will be introduced to people from around the world and their honest stories.

The artists

Martin and Inge met in 1996 and have been working together since 2001. They have created several commissioned art works for multinationals like Aegon, Rabobank and AkzoNobel. Besides their commissioned work they have developed their independent art practice. The Essential is an important part of the work they create. The Essential has been displayed in solo exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, De Pont museum in Tilburg, Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Stedelijk Museum Breda, Museum Krona in Uden and Museum van de Geest in Haarlem.

The Essential is supported by Mondriaan Fonds and bkkc impulsgelden.

Logo Mondriaan Fonds

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10-12-2022 / 17-09-2023: Hoge Luchten - Stadslucht maakt Vrij - Museum Gouda.

2022 / 2023: Telling Stories Museum W, Weert.

19-03-2023: Kunstenaarsgesprek met kunsthistoricus Luuk Hezen, Museum W, Weert.

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2022 - Breed portret Breda, Vitrines Station Breda

2022 - Hoge Luchten - Stadslucht maakt Vrij - Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom, Westfriesch museum, Hoorn

2022 - Come Alive - Muntgebouw Utrecht

2021 - Hoge Luchten - Stadslucht maakt Vrij - Hannemahuis, Harlingen en Musea Zutphen

2021 - CBK Zuid-oost BijlmAIR

2021 - We Vieren het Toch - Spinvis-Tivoli livestream

2021 - Biënnale 2021, Hoop - Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek

2020 - 2021 - De Collectie X Martin en Inge Riebeek - Stedelijk Museum Breda

2020 - I choose to walk different - Museum van de Geest, Haarlem

2020 - Maria van het Nieuwe Normaal -Museum Krona Uden.

2020 - All the World is a Stage - Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven.

2020 - I choose to walk different - Museum van de Geest, Haarlem

2020 - Maria van het Nieuwe Normaal - Museum Krona, Uden

2020 - All the World is a Stage - Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven

2020 - Save Me From This Cold - Stedelijk Museum Breda

2020 - The Essential - Palais de Hollande, International Women's Day, paneldiscussion, Istanbul

2020 - The Essential - Filmhuis Lumen, icw 38CC, film and Q&A, Delft

2019 - 2020 - The Essential - Manifestation Gewoon Bijzonder, 38CC, Delft

2019 - Imagine Being There - The Essential - installation Rabo Art Collection, Utrecht

2019 - Kunsthal KAdE, exhibition Videoland with a.o. Imagine Being There International

2019 - The Essential - Global Entrepreneurship Summit Conference, World Forum Den Haag

2019 - The Essential - Congres Kunst in het sociale domein, CKE Eindhoven

2019 - Exhibition Raketstart, Stedelijk Museum Breda with o.a. The Essential

2019 - Street life - Cultuurnacht Breda

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Stokvishallen Breda

2018 - The Essential – seminar of the Dutch General Practionars Society, Domus Medica

2018 - Colourful People - Human Cities - AkzoNobel Art Space Amsterdam

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Fries Museum

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Cultuurnacht Breda

2017 – Art of Integration – screening at documentary festival DOCfeed Eindhoven

2016 – Art of Integration – exhibition Nomads in TAC Eindhoven

2016 – The Times They Are a-Changin' – PARK Tilburg

2015 – No Direction Home – dertien hectare Heeswijk-Dinther

2015 – Home = Here – CBK Groningen

2014 – The Essential – De Pont museum Tilburg

2012 – The Essential – I kiss my love goodbye and go to work – Achmea Leiden

2010 – 2014 – The Essential – permanent installation at the entrance hall of Aegon The Hague

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Martin Riebeek &

Inge Riebeek-van 't Klooster

Oranjeboomstraat 20

4812 EJ Breda

tel: +31 (0)76 5200990

mobile: +31 (0)623614871 / +31 (0)657581013


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